Inquiry and Analysis @ Beryl Ivey Library

What is I&A
IL Program
Session Types
Curriculum Support
Supplementary Resources
Contact Us

What is Inquiry & Analysis?

The Beryl Ivey Library is the home of Inquiry and Analysis. Our knowledgeable librarians are here to assist you with the integration and implementation of this competency in your courses, and to offer support to students as they navigate the research process.

INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS begins with a question and is embedded in the collection of information, the examination of current knowledge, and the conversion of this material into valuable new knowledge. The Beryl Ivey Library team are available to offer assistance and resources for exploring issues, posing questions, and seeking information with your students. Through customized in-class sessions or co-operative faculty/librarian design and delivery of course material, our Information Literacy Program allows us to work collaboratively with you. Together, we can ensure students understand the value of breaking down complex issues, critically evaluating evidence, and making connections in order to engage in scholarly conversations.

Information Literacy Program

Information Literacy (IL) is an embedded component of Inquiry and Analysis. IL is a set of practices that enable students to actively participate in the academic community, act as an authority on a topic, and engage in lifelong learning.

To be information literate, students must be able to:

– Articulate the scope of their information need.

– Evaluate their ability to identify and locate appropriate sources in multiple contexts.

– Use information ethically.

– Critically evaluate and analyze information.

The Information Literacy Program at the Beryl Ivey Library is based on a variety of guiding documents from the information literacy professional and research literature, including the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education and SCONUL’s Seven Pillars of Information Literacy.

Session Types

Single, In-Class Session

We work with you, the course instructor, to develop a session customized to your discipline, course content, assignment requirements, and student needs. Sessions can be anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, but we recommend only one outcome per 60-minute session (e.g. finding journals; APA citation style).

Multiple, In-Class Sessions

Information Literacy is a complex, multi-faceted skill-set; follow-up visits from the library are beneficial for ensuring that students apply skills in future settings. We are happy to visit your classroom on multiple occasions, if scheduling permits.

Embedded Librarian

Many professors are choosing to list a library staff person as a “secondary instructor” or resource person on their course OWL pages and syllabi. This option gives students a contact person for research assistance, who can also help to identify when in-class instruction may be necessary. See Jennifer Foley for more information on this option.

Splitting Large Classes

If you would like your students to benefit from hands-on practice, we are used to splitting large classes into multiple sections; a variety of options are available, so please see Jennifer Foley for more information. This option is subject to the room booking schedule.

Curriculum Support

The Advanced Learning and Teaching (ALT) Centre and the Beryl Ivey Library work together to enhance Brescia’s educational mission though offering a wide range of curriculum support to Brescia’s faculty. We take a faculty-driven, evidence-based approach to women’s learning that is student-centred and outcomes-based, emphasizing active learning.

We assist faculty with:

  • Developing and refining course-level learning outcomes
  • Developing and selecting teaching strategies
  • Assessing for learning
  • Curriculum alignment and mapping
  • Integrating the Brescia Competencies into course design
  • Syllabus design
  • Online and blended learning
  • Universal Design for learning
  • Incorporating high-impact teaching practices into course design

To book a Curriculum Support consultation, please use the following form, or email

Supplementary Resources

ALT Centre Teaching Resource Library and Lab

(ALT Centre, Mother St. James Building, Room 40)

The ALT Centre has small, but continuously growing, library of books, guides, and other resources that support teaching and learning at Brescia and are available for Faculty of check out. The library collection focuses primarily on such topics as learning theory, course and lesson design, active learning strategies, writing and aligning learning outcomes, assessment, professional development, and supporting the Brescia Competencies. Many of these resources are also featured on the ALT Centre’s “Brescia Competencies Teaching and Learning Resources” Trello Board.

Brescia’s Faculty are also invited to explore the ALT’s Teaching Resource Lab. The lab space is designed as a teaching and learning “sandbox” where they can explore new techniques and strategies for teaching in both bricks-and-mortar and online classroom. Resources include:

  • Computer hardware and software for recording/participating in online tutorials and lectures as well as Microsoft Office Suite and Articulate Storyline for creating digital documents and interactive learning modules
  • Class sets of materials that support active learning strategies, such as whiteboards

Online Tutorials

Western Libraries has developed short YouTube videos on library research basics—a great way to quickly review or cover introductory material. Access these videos through the Western Libraries YouTube channel and link them to your OWL page or course outline.

Brescia Competencies Handbook

The Brescia Competencies Handbook is a valuable resource to Brescia Students, Faculty, and Staff looking for detailed information on the nature of each Competency and how students at Brescia demonstrate them within the Brescia community. The Brescia Competencies Handbook provides an overview of the value and purpose of the Brescia Competencies as well as in-depth descriptions of each Competency and their respective four levels of attainment. The Handbook also discusses the current relevance and applications of each Competency in students’ lives and how the Competencies are interconnected.

Contact Us

If you would like to book a session, please fill in the online form at

If you have any questions about the Information Literacy Program, please contact:

Jennifer Foley
Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian
519.432.8353 ext.28140

Your other library teaching staff:

Caroline Whippey
Director of Library Services
519.432.8353 ext.28296

Kate Norton
Public Services Librarian
519.432.8353 ext. 28076