Library instruction is available as a component for faculty to include in their courses. Subjects can include general familiarization with library resources, aspects of the research process, and subject-specific research instruction. Library instruction is most useful when students are given an assignment that requires them to conduct research, and library instruction coincides with the appropriate stage(s) of the research process for that assignment.
Library instruction is available in two formats:
One-shot instruction is most appropriate when students have a basic foundation within the discipline. Topics for one-shot instruction include:
- Selecting a research topic: 20-25 minutes
- Intermediate search strategies using Boolean and proximity operators: 10 minutes
- Finding journal articles using online databases: 20-25 minutes
- Finding books on a topic using the online catalog: 5-10 minutes
- General services and policies (ILL, TALA, etc.): 5-10 minutes
- Practice: 25 minutes (minimum)
- Citation tools and formats: 15 minutes (minimum)
When selecting topics, please be prepared to allow enough time so the librarian may address the topics you request.
Librarian-faculty semester partnerships are available for faculty who want to:
- Offer students a more comprehensive research experience; and
- Develop students’ information fluency
Librarian roles can range from virtually embedding in the LMS to co-instruction. For more information about librarian-faculty partnerships, contact Anna Milholland at email@example.com.