Instruction and Information Literacy Services


Library Instruction request form.

Upon the request of course instructors, librarians provide customized library instruction sessions designed to help students complete course assignments and improve students’ information literacy skills.

For more information about Library Instruction please contact:

April Cunningham, Instruction/Information Literacy Librarian

Add a Librarian To Your Course

If you are teaching online, hyflex, or use Canvas for students’ discussions or assignments, you can also embed a librarian in your class.  

In collaboration with you, embedded librarians can:

  • Create pages, quizzes, discussion, and modules about research, avoiding plagiarism and citing sources.
  • Participate in students’ discussions about research to offer feedback and suggestions.
  • Create scoring and feedback rubrics related to finding, evaluating, and citing sources.
  • Give feedback on assignments that students submit through Canvas (we can also assign scores if you want us to).
  • Update library-created materials that you’ve embedded in your Canvas course.

To add a librarian to your course, follow these steps:

  1. Contact April Cunningham, the Instruction & Information Literacy Librarian, at  A brief meeting to discuss your goals for the embedded librarian will help April assign your request to the right librarian.
  2. Once April has confirmed which librarian will be embedded in your course, use the People menu in your course to add the librarian.
  3. Meet with the embedded librarian in Zoom or on-site to establish deadlines and discuss details of what the librarian will create and how they will engage with your students.

Information Literacy

In support of its Mission, the Palomar College Library collaborates with faculty from various academic departments to assess and improve students’ information literacy skills. WASC defines information literacy, also know as information competency, as the “capability to access, evaluate, and use information in fulfillment of coursework and independent study.” (ACCJC/WASC Accreditation Standards).

  • Information Literacy Student Learning Outcomes – The library created a set of information literacy learning outcomes to assess library instruction and to promote the integration of information literacy across the curriculum.

  • Faculty/Librarian Collaboration – Palomar Librarians are willing and interested in working with faculty to integrate information literacy into course curricula. We will consult with faculty to:

    • Develop course specific information literacy student learning outcomes
    • Create successful research assignments
    • Teach and assess information literacy skills
  • Instructional Materials – the Palomar Library has a bank of information literacy instructional materials that course instructors may integrate into their courses. Please contact April Cunningham for more information.

  • Information Literacy Resources – the following sources provide greater definition and rationale for information literacy education.

For more information, please contact:

April Cunningham, Instruction/Information Literacy Librarian
760.744.1150 ext. 3696