Purpose – The aims of this paper is to provide an overview on information literacy/library programs for first-year students in Canadian universities and colleges. Design/methodology/approach – The paper introduces and discusses periodical articles, monographs and up-to-date research on the subject. It presents anecdotal evidence gained from web site searches of 169 Canadian post-secondary institutions complemented by personal communications from library and student services staff. Findings – The study provides information about several types of library services for first-year students currently in use in Canadian academic libraries. Originality/value – There is no evidence of research in the area of library services for first-year college and university students in Canada. This paper complements research on information literacy/library programs offered through academic libraries in other countries by focusing solely on first-year student initiatives in Canadian academic libraries.
Electronic copy of an article originally published in: Reference Services Review, 36 (3): 301-311, 2008.
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited