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SFCC Library Accreditation 2020

Repository of SFCC Library instruction, services, and resources..

SFCC Information Literacy (IL) Instruction

SFCC Library faculty provide instruction and support to all in the SFCC college community through a full suite of services which includes instruction sessions, embedded-librarian partnerships, creation of learning objects, outreach to faculty and staff, and point-of-need reference service (available 24/7).

Librarians collaborate with discipline faculty by liaison area to teach information literacy skills, including more advanced skills, introducing students to research sources and methods in their field (e.g., History, Communications, Physical Therapy, etc.).

Librarians teach using a variety of instructional modalities and forums:

  • Synchronous instruction sessions (in face-to-face and Zoom sessions) 
  • Asynchronous instruction (such as Canvas modules and video instruction) 
  • Creation of print and electronic learning objects which faculty can incorporate into their curriculum (handouts, videos, and online research guides)
  • Reference consultations at students’ point-of-need (A robust service, librarians are stationed at the library reference desk during all open-hours and 24/7 chat is accessible through library faculty participation in the LibAnswers cooperative.)
  • Individual or small group research consultations 

Any questions about information literacy instruction at SFCC Library, please contact

NWCCU Accreditation Standard - 2.H.1 (Library & Information Resources)

Library instruction plan; policies/ procedures related to the use of library and information resources


Number of Instruction Sessions & Students, 2017- 2021

  Year Fall Winter Spring Summer MISC Total Notes
Sessions 2020/21 41 32 25     98 Covid-19
Students 2020/21 656 749 335     1740 Covid-19
Sessions 2019/20 78 67 27     172 Covid-19
Students 2019/20 1113 817 549     2,479 Covid-19
Sessions 2018/19 79 70 44     193  
Students 2018/19 1267 1011 579     2857  
Sessions 2017/18 60 69 59     188  
Students 2017/18 756 666 694     2116  

Number of Workshop Sessions & Students, 2017 - 2021

  Year Fall Winter Spring Summer MISC Total Notes
Sessions 2020/21 11 8 10     29  
Students 2020/21 98 55 93     246  
Sessions 2019/20 6 4 4   10 24

14  student workshops,

10 MESA workshops.

Students 2019/20 84 40 56     180

Total doesn't include MESA #'s, 

Not recorded

Sessions 2018/19 6 5 4 N/A   15  
Students 2018/19 71 31 37 N/A   139  
Sessions 2017/18 N/A 11 6 N/A   17  
Students 2017/18 N/A 60 70 N/A   130  

Number of Instruction & Workshop Sessions Combined, 1996 - 2013

Year Fall Winter Spring Summer MISC Total Notes
2014/15           235 Only overall total available for the year. No breakdown by quarter.
2013/14           152 Only overall total available for the year. No breakdown by quarter.
2012/13 68 65 56 3   192  
2011/12 65 64 55 5 1 190 MISC item is a faculty/staff workshop
2010/11 73 66 57     196  
2009/10 69 60 54   5 188 MISC items are faculty/staff workshops
2008/09 59 45 52     156  
2007/08 54         N/A No records for the rest of Winter & Spring 2008
2006/07 71 56 52 3 4 186 MISC items include 2 credit classes, 1 faculty workshop, & 1 library technician class.
2005/06 64 51 55 9 1 180 MISC item is a faculty/staff workshop
2004/05 69 56 57 9 2 193 MISC items include 2 credit classes
2003/04 77 44 62 6   189  
2002/03 61 61 54 6   182  
2001/02 59 55 55 7   176  
2000/01 58 57 43 7   165 MISC items include 1 credit classes
1999/2000           136 Only overall total available for the year. No breakdown by quarter.
1998/99 50 33 38 6   127  
1997/98           145 Only overall total available for the year. No breakdown by quarter.
1996/97           143 Only overall total available for the year. No breakdown by quarter.


SFCC Library Workshops

Every quarter the library hosts student workshops on varying information literacy concepts, such as citations, database searched, advancing online search, and more. Library workshops also provide an opportunity to teach information skills not typically taught in the classroom setting and give the library the ability to be responsive to topical content areas, such as fake news and plagiarism.  The workshops are advertised to students and faculty, who support the workshops by offering extra credit for attendance. Spring quarter 2020 the library started offering online Zoom workshops in response to the instructional move online, due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the end of each workshop, students fill out an evaluation of the session.

Student evaluations of the workshops indicated that students felt prepared to use the resources presented from the instruction, appreciated hands-on activities, and the ability to practice the skills instead of a purely lecture format. Based on evaluation responses the library has experimented with workshop topics, as well as building a collection of online instructional resources, such as library guides, to support online learning. Please see the workshop reports for further data and details. 

SFCC Library Workshop Summary: Winter 2018 – Spring 2019



  • The elimination of the library orientation, which sometimes had spotty attendance rates dependent on quarter, time and date was cut to streamline our workshop offerings and make a more manageable workload. However, this may be one reason for the drop in attendance numbers.  
  • For fall quarter 2019, consider adding library orientations back into the fall lineup but with a possible change in format/time/days. 
  • Topical workshops (ex: Become a Google Expert, Data/Image Searching, and Fake News etc.) still garner the most attendance. Workshops on essential information literacy skills like plagiarism and accessing databases do not garner a lot of attendance. However, these topics are encouraged by faculty and may meet needs better as video instructions.


  • Instructor recommendation and extra credit continue to be the number one influencer for workshop attendance.


  • Possible theme for fall quarter 2019 could be centered around the new Spokane Public Library databases. Students and faculty will have access to new databases and information through this agreement and will need training on its use and content.
  • This could also be a way to advertise the new relationship with SPL and highlight the new resources, as well as a way to target specific disciplines that we are not currently seeing at the workshops. For example, the new databases would include access to Business Source Complete and could be a useful resource for the business department.



  • Students’ written responses/feedback in combination with responses to this question indicates that students appreciate hands on activities and the ability to practice the skills rather than just a lecture format.