Library Hightlights
  • Information resources: We provide rich and relevant information resources in all formats to support teaching and learning; (see detailed statistics in the library annual reports and NEASC Report Standard Seven)
  • Library Technology:
         *Integrated Library System (ILS) – latest available version of ILS-Voyager
           which is web based t to guarantee users' access
         *Library mobile access to the library resources
         *Proxy server provides 24/7 services
         *Circulate learning technology items such as notebook- personal computers,
           USB drives
         *Collaboration studio/media:scape
  • Unique collection TEXTBOOK highly circulated by students
  • Campus Archives 
  • Information & Technology literacy initiatives - outcomes
  • First Year Student Experience
  • LSTA grant for $10000 for Special Services for patrons with disabilities
  • Cooperate with faculty in teaching and learning:
         Collection development – library liaison
         Campus Research Guide 
         Blackboard Learn – E-reserve project (ongoing)
         Academic programs’ accreditation
  • One Book One Community program in conjunction with Arts and Humanities faculty
Library Instruction Program Outcomes for Naugatuck Valley Community College Students


Basic Level

As a result of participating in library instruction, the ideal student will be able to:

1. Information need

a. Identify research topic and focus

b. Identify what type of information is needed

c. Determine the appropriate resource to locate relevant information

2. Access

Physical orientation

a. Identify the methods that can be used to contact the librarians at NVCC

b. Locate the different material locations in the library

c. Explain how to access NVCC’s library resources from off campus


d. Search for and retrieve print items using the library catalog

e. Search for and access ebooks and other materials through the library catalog

f. Search for and request items in the statewide ILL system and the state library catalog


g. Demonstrate how to access and retrieve full text articles

h. Determine database coverage through journal locator, if appropriate

i. Demonstrate how to access academic information on the internet

3. Evaluation

a. Identify suitable search results

b. Demonstrate ways to narrow or widen the search parameters, if necessary

c. Use relevant keywords in results to revise search strategies

4. Ethics

a. Identify the style of citation that is expected to be used by their instructor


All First Year Experience (FYE) classes visit the Library for Information Literacy Instruction.  This enables the Library to reach new full time students with an introduction to the resources we provide and offers a jump start in the development of research skills.  Classes consist of instruction by a librarian, a group assignment, and concludes with an assessment.  An Outcomes Assessment study gauges student’s knowledge after their first encounter with library instruction and provides a snapshot of a student’s information literacy skills early on in their college career.  This helps the Library evaluate our instruction methods as well as provide insight into our Information Literacy Instruction program’s impact on students.   

The assessment data was collected in the form of a ten question quiz using i>clickers in the Library’s electronic classroom (L410ec).  The questions were used to address four of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for college students set by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). 

During the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters the Library taught 45 FYE classes and reached 850 FYE students with an overall assessment average of 75%.

Below is a report of the questions used in the assessment and the corresponding ACRL Competency Standard:

Determine the nature and extent of information needed



1. I have an assignment that requires use of library resources. What should I do first?


2. What are some methods I can use to help me modify my topic to a manageable focus? 


Access needed information effectively and efficiently



3. How do I find books and other resources here in the library?


4. Can I get library materials from other libraries sent to me at NVCC for free?


5. How do I figure out if a source that I've found will be helpful and appropriate?


6. Once I have a pretty good idea for a topic, how do I find web-based resources?


Evaluate information and its sources critically; select information to use



7. Are there advantages to using the databases NVCC provides over just Googling my topic?


8. The "full text" limiter in the databases ensures that everything in the result list is a complete article not just an abstract. True or False?


9. A peer-reviewed article is a scholarly article that has been carefully checked and edited by subject experts. True or False?


Ethical issues of access and use



10. Which of the following do I NOT need to create a citation for?



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