Library instruction sessions are customizable based on the course content or the needs of a specific research assignment. To guide the planning of library instruction, faculty may choose from the pre-set options listed here, or scroll down to build your own custom library session.
Pre-Set Library Sessions - These sessions are designed to be a full class period, 50 or 75 minutes, and will cover a defined set of library concepts or research skills. These sessions can also be customized based on the subject of the course or in relation to a research assignment.
Custom Library Instruction - Create your own custom library instruction session based on the concepts or learning outcomes that you would like the session to cover. For a 50 minute class, we can cover up to 3 concepts. For a 75 minute class, we can cover up to 5 concepts. Choose concepts from the list below, and submit using the Library Instruction Request form.
How do I request a session?
Use the Library Instruction Request Form or contact a reference librarian to request and schedule a session. To help with scheduling, we ask that you submit your instruction request about 2 weeks prior to the date of your session.
Library instruction is most effective when scheduled during a research assignment. Also, it is helpful if you can provide us with some information about the course, for example a syllabus or an assignment sheet for research assignments, so we can highlight the most relevant resources during the session.
Where will the session be?
Library instruction sessions are usually held in the library’s instruction classroom – Room 39 on the lower level. The classroom has 15 computer workstations and seating for 30 students.
We’ll be happy to come to your classroom if you prefer, given that students have their own laptops. It is important for students to be able to follow along with the demonstrations and get hands-on practice using the library's resources.
Do students get a grade?
For customized library instruction, there is often a hands-on activity of some kind. These activities are designed to give students some practice implementing the concepts they learned in the session, so they are usually graded on participation, and we can share the results with faculty upon request.