Information Literacy Certificate

The Information Literacy Certificate Program is the name we've given to our 3 core library instruction classes. These classes include Research 1: Introduction to the Richland College Library, Research 2: Electronic Research - Sources and Strategies, and Research 3: How to Use MLA Format - Avoiding Plagiarism and Documenting Sources.

Each class lasts eighty minutes. Once a student has attended one session for each of the 3 classes, he/she is awarded and Information Literacy Certificate by the library.

These "drop-in" classes are available to students, staff, faculty, and even to community members. The classroom will seat twenty-four students, so we do not encourage an entire class to attend all at the same time. If you would like for your students to earn the Information Literacy Certificate from the library, you may send them to the library to pick up a printed schedule showing all the days and times our classes are offered. Or, you may instruct them to check our schedule on the Web.

If you need more information, please contact one of the reference librarians at 972-238-6082. All class attendees receive a "proof of attendance slip" at the conclusion of a class, and an instructor can require them to present this slip as evidence of their attendance. Attendance is also recorded on a class sign-in sheet that is later entered into our attendance database so that the librarians know which students are certificate earners.

Certificates may be picked up at the library reference desk on the Tuesday following the week that the student has completed his/her final class.