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Teaching and Learning Services

Santa Clara University Library Instruction Program Philosophy

Grounded in our commitment to intellectual growth, critical thinking, and active learning, the Santa Clara University Library instruction program engages students in critical inquiry to discover, evaluate, use, and create information. The purpose of the program is to ensure that every student acquires the expertise required of engaged, competent, and ethical scholars, citizens, and leaders in a complex and interconnected information landscape.

Santa Clara University Library instructors achieve these goals through systematic, integrated, and scaffolded library instruction, focusing on partnerships with faculty in key courses: Core Curriculum, writing-intensive, graduate research, and required courses for majors. We collaborate with faculty on research assignment design and delivery, course-integrated instruction, and the assessment of student learning. To realize our commitment to high-quality instructional practices, library instructors engage in ongoing reflection on our own pedagogy and actively partner with other librarians and faculty.