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Library Instruction: Introduction

This guide helps faculty and others know about our instruction program and goals

DSU Library Mission

Mission Statement

Dixie State University Library & Learning Services, including the Library, Special Collections & Archives, the Writing Center, and the Academic Performance Centers, provides the resources necessary to facilitate research and enhance the curriculum and programs of Dixie State University. Library & Learning Services delivers innovative services and opportunities, both of which promote and support learning and intellectual engagement for students, faculty, staff, and community.

Vision Statement

Dixie State University Library & Learning Services is central to the learning environment of DSU and is a welcoming destination for the discovery and creation of knowledge both physically and online. We will excel in offering expert guidance, valuable resources, and state of the art technologies. We will enhance students’ learning and will foster a welcoming atmosphere that encourages diversity, exploration, positive learning, and personal development.


We are committed to:

  • Access
  • Service
  • Life-long learning
  • Intellectual and academic freedom
  • Collaboration

DSU Library Information Literacy Program Mission

DSU Library is dedicated to the development of a university community that is information literate, as defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  

DSU Library faculty encourages students to become an information literate individual by being able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed.
    Students will determine key concepts and select types of information (sources) that relate to the concepts or answer the research question.
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently.
    Students will access information using a variety of search strategies and relevant information (sources), and demonstrate the ability to refine search.
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically.
    Students will choose a variety of information sources that are appropriate to the scope and discipline of the research question and select sources using multiple criteria (such as relevance to the research question, currency, and authority).
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
    Students will communicate, organize, and synthesize information from sources in order to achieve their intended purpose.
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.
    Students will correctly use references and citations (including paraphrases, summaries, and/or quotations) while remaining true to the original context of sources.