Library Safari commences for freshmen

The Ewing Memorial Library started an extensive Library Safari Program, from 1 November, 2012 as part of the UNIV 100 Course for freshman students.

UNIV 100 is a full semester course at FCCU that helps freshmen effectively connect to the campus resources they will need during their 4-years in the University and to make a smooth transition into University life by bridging the gap between high school and college.

The Ewing Library delivered its Information Literacy Program as a 3-part Library Safari Workshop, embedded into the UNIV-100 Course. This is the first formal Information Literacy Program in a University in Pakistan.

The Library Safari is planned by the Ewing Memorial Library based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

The Program aims at helping UNIV 100 students to reduce their library anxiety by helping them learn how to navigate our library system. The Library also has a mandate that essential life-long learning skills should be developed in the students.

After attending the Library Safari Workshop the students are now able to:

  • Identify the different ways to get help from librarians. [ACRL Standard 2]
  • Select appropriate library resources for their information need (e.g., knowing when to use the catalog versus a database). [ACRL Standard 1]
  • Interpret how to read a Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Call Number in order to locate research materials on Library Shelves.[ACRL Standard 2]