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McNair Scholar Services

Provides a guide to library services for McNair Scholars

McNair Scholars Library Component

McNair Class of 2019

Lists of members of the 2018 and 2019 McNair Scholars classes, along with assigned library mentors

McNair Library Component

The role of the Library Mentor is to assist the student in his or her research and to help the student achieve information literacy, defined as the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” * 

The Library Mentor and student may refer to the list of Information Literacy Competencies to help guide that process.  It is expected that the student will meet with the Library Mentor at least 4 - 6 times face-to-face, for a total of 3-4 hours.   Additional contacts may be made by phone, email, or chat. The librarian will keep a record of student tasks and their completion dates.  Students will keep a log of their research progress.  

Click on the link below to see the McNair Library Component, including the list of information literacy competencies, a sample research progress log, and the librarian record of student tasks.

Tasks are based on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2000.  To see the complete ACRL document, click here.  


* American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)