Library Services Instruction Policies


Librarians schedule instruction on a first come, first serve basis. Priority will be given to classes that are scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. 

There are only a few librarians available to teach in your class, and they manage their own calendars. They will book your class at their discretion, weighing their availability and commitments. Make your request early, especially if your schedule is less likely to be flexible. If a librarian determines that your requested date does not work with their schedule, they will offer alternative availability or provide materials to assist students in meeting your learning goals.

Required information. We carefully design our library sessions to provide your students with the knowledge, skills and abilities they will need to complete assignments successfully. We also strive to connect sessions to the goals and content of your course. To facilitate this, provide your syllabus and the assignment to which the instruction is tied or add the librarian to your onCourse site. Also indicate details of the time you set aside during your class for the librarian and the size of your class.

Meeting with a librarian prior to instruction. Depending on your instruction need, the librarian may want to schedule a meeting to discuss learning outcomes and activities. As a collaborator, faculty should expect to participate in the planning and delivery of a lesson.<

Using the modules. The asynchronous modules provide the opportunity for students to engage with concepts outside of the classroom. This enables instruction time with librarians to focus on application of those concepts, which will better position students to apply their learning for your assignment. If you determine that a module is useful for your learning goals, librarians suggest awarding participation points for engagement with the module.

Assignment Design. Information and digital literacy instruction is most effective when activities and assignments are designed around literacies-related goals and outcomes. Librarians are available to collaborate with you on writing goals and outcomes for your course or assignment and in designing assignments and activities and will enable your students to reach those goals. 

Consultations. Librarians offer one-on-one consultations to students, and faculty often make them a required part of assignments, like senior capstones, that have a significant research component or require specialized research methods.