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Library Liaisons: Information Literacy Instruction

The liaison librarians function as a contact between the departments and the Library. They share information about resources and solicit requests and suggestions for developing the library's collection.

Literacy Instruction Faculty

Julie Seigel -

Outreach / Instruction Librarian

Telephone: 301-546-0138

Request Services

Click on the link to access the request form, myPGCC login required

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Definition of Information Literacy

The Association of College and Research Libraries of the American Library Association defines information literacy as a "set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information" (p. 2) Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education.

Information literacy relates to critical thinking and information technology as well.

Purpose of Information Literacy Instruction

Information literacy instruction helps students develop a set of skills to comprehend and use information sources - inside and beyond the library - to fulfill information needs in academia, the workplace, and for lifelong learning. These skills help develop productive citizens by enabling them to analyze information and to make informed decisions.

Information literacy instruction helps students:

  • master the research process
  • develop search strategies
  • locate electronic and print materials
  • evaluate, synthesize, and use information
  • use information ethically and legally by learning how to cite and document sources
  • use strategies for future research and lifelong learning

Scheduling Information Literacy Instruction Classes

Information literacy instruction sessions are typically taught in Accokeek Hall, Room 109 by professional librarians. Arrangements can be made for a librarian to teach at the college's extension centers. We request the faculty member be present and participate in the sessions to emphasize the importance of this learning and research process. 
Please request an information literacy instruction session by logging in to myPGCC and using the electronic Library Research Instruction Form. Please contact Julie Seigel at 301-546-0138, Outreach / Instruction Librarian, for questions and problems with the form.

Information Literacy Instruction Request Form

The Library Research Instruction Form can be accessed through the Contact for Services page.

In order to access the form, you need to login to the myPGCC portal using your OWL Link username and password. The form can be used to request an instruction session for your classes.

Fill out the requested information:

  • Instructor's name
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Course number 
    • Example: EGL 1010
  • Course name
    • Example: Composition I: Expository Writing
  • From the drop-down menu select: Face to Face


  • Date(s) preferred
    • Enter the dates in the following format: month/day/year
    • Example: 02/14/2012
  • Class Start Time
  • Class Length - choose from the options in the drop-down menu
  • Number of students
  • Location
  • Citation
  • Please describe assignment and/or purpose of instruction
    • Please fill out with information about the work the students will be doing during the period they spend at the  library
    • Include any information about the assignment or any specific information you want explained in the instruction session
    • Please e-mail the assignment to the assigned librarian