Information Literacy Instruction

Overview of Instruction Services

Librarians integrate their information literacy instruction sessions into your course goals and objections. Instruction can take place in the library or can be embedded into your online courses. The aim of library instruction is to build your students’ research skills, increase critical thinking and evaluation of resources, and connect students with the most appropriate sources available to meet their research needs. Library instructional services offered:
  • Course-related library instruction sessions
  • Customized online course guides and instructional handouts
  • Online research guides (LibGuides) for each major discipline
  • Print and electronic course reserves
  • Individual research consultations for students and faculty
  • Ask-a-Librarian service by phone, e-mail, or chat
  • Online tutorials
Programs we work with:
  • English 1B & English 2: Instructors teaching an English 1B or English 2 course will be contacted by the library coordinator to schedule a library instruction session.
  • 100W: Instructors teaching a 100W course should contact their library subject liaison to schedule an instruction session.
  • Lower division, upper division, and graduate classes: Instructors teaching courses that do not fall into one of the above programs should contact their library subject liaison to schedule an instruction session.

Designing a Library-Friendly Assignment

  • Consult with a librarian. Speaking with your subject liaison as you create your assignment can help you understand what resources are available for your students to use for their research.
  • Students should have the research skills needed to complete the assignment. Oftentimes, students don't have the minimum level of research skills required for their assignments. Scheduling an instruction session with the library can help alleviate unnecessary stress and confusion.
  • Students should understand the purpose of the assignment. Library assignments that are unrelated to class goals and objectives are less effective for learning and retaining research skills than assignments that are integrated into your course curriculum. Liaison librarians can make suggestions for designing an appropriate assignment.
  • Appropriate resources should be available for your assignment. Librarians can assist students in finding good resources, either from the library itself or through our InterLibrary Loan Services. It's important to let students know they need to start their research early if something needs to be borrowed from another library.
  • Avoid scavenger hunts. Searching for obscure facts can frustrate students, especially when many students are looking for —and possibly misplacing or losing — the same book, article, or index. These kinds of assignments don't teach students as much about effective research as you might hope. It's a good idea to consult with your liaison librarian when planning a library assignment.
  • Assignment Calculator: The library has an assignment calculator that can walk your student through the steps to completing their research in a timely manner.