Library instruction focuses on providing students with information literacy skills. These skills lead to the students’ ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information" (ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education).
To request a library instruction session please fill out the Library Instruction Request form for:
General Orientations can include:
Customized Library Instruction sessions can include:
The One on One Library Instruction sessions are organized by the instructor for individual students. These sessions can include:
Embedded librarians provide value to your course by providing research assistance adapted to support students in the course research assignments. Embedded librarians are available in person, through email or discussion boards. Embedded librarians are of particular importance in online class environments where librarians can inform students of the research resources and services that are available to them virtually. For more information or to request an embedded librarian, please contact
Why A Research Guide?
Library & Learning Commons staff member are available to work with instructors to create an online research guide, accessible through the Library & Learning Commons website, that provides relevant information to your students to support the research component of your class.
These guides will provide students with tips and applicable search strategy keywords, online resources, citation assistance, databases; all in one location.
It can be stressful and time consuming for students to conduct research without the appropriate strategies - the research guides can relieve them of some of that stress.
If the students have any research questions they are always welcome to visit the Library & Learning Commons or to make an appointment with the Research Desk.
If you are interested in having a research guide created for your class or for a specific assignment, please contact Lynette Gallant, Public Services Librarian.
Librarians are available to assist you with assembling literature reviews for your research. Contact Lynette Gallant, Public Services Librarian, for more information.
Depending on the campus, library instruction sessions are taught either in the Library & Learning Commons (CV), a computer lab (CR), or a combination of Library & Learning Commons and classrooms (PA). Library staff are also available to meet with students, in your classroom, at the research desk in CV, or through the online AskAway chat service.
Library staff provide library instruction sessions throughout the year. The sessions are booked on a first come, first served basis. We will try to fill all requests, however, asking 2 weeks in advance will secure your requested date and give library staff ample time to prepare. No library instruction sessions will be scheduled during the first week of the Fall and Winter semesters.
Library instruction sessions are most effective when coinciding with class projects and when students have been made aware of their research assignment requirements and research topics. Point-of-need instruction leads to students retaining the research strategies and recalling available services discussed in the sessions.
We highly recommend that instructors are present for the duration of the session. The session will be most effective with your presence so that you can answer questions about the assignment, encourage student participation, and it also demonstrates that you place value in the importance of students developing research skills.
Please contact your campus’ Library & Learning Commons Lending Services desk for more information about library instruction sessions.
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