Librarians are available to help with your research and instruction needs.


Research assistance is available to anyone.  For ways to reach a reference librarian, click on the Ask Us button at the top of the screen or call the Reference desk at (925) 631-4624.


Subject librarians work with faculty in the departments to build and develop information literacy goals within curriculum.  Subject librarians:

  • Provide instruction in the use of databases and other information resources in support of the curriculum.
  • Design and deliver instruction sessions tailored to the research needs of a specific course (on request).
  • Assist in the design and provide instruction sessions for courses identified as responsible for the Core Curriculum's Information, Evaluation and Research Practice requirements.
  • Develop tutorials and instructional materials for library resources.

Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to

Recognize when information in needed -- to determine the nature and extent of the information needed. Access needed information effectively and efficiently via a variety of means. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into your knowledge base and value system. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.

This entails

Thinking flexibly, analytically, and creatively. Understanding the various formats and organization of information. Understanding and using effectively a variety of information technologies Analyzing and evaluating information critically. Considering the moral/ethical, legal, and socio-political issues and implications of this information. Synthesizing and using information in problem-solving and decision-making situations

These skills are interdisciplinary — they can be applied in any field.

More Information:

ACRL Information Literacy Standards and Guidelines

Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (short version)

Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (long version [pdf document])

For more information please call Margaret Brown-Salazar at (925) 631-4188

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