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Library Services

All you ever needed to know about your Library

Instructional Services

Orientation

Faculty and undergraduate and graduate students are introduced to the Trustee Library through a
physical or virtual orientation demonstrating the broad range of materials and services available through
the Library. The message is (1) the Library has, or can obtain on behalf of students, the
materials they need for the curriculum, and (2) the Library faculty and staff are available and willing
when help is needed to access or use these materials.


Instruction

Instruction is a collaborative effort offered to faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students on each
campus, and online using a variety of modalities. Instruction may be provided to a single person, a
group, or an entire class, in person or by phone, or asynchronously using email, video conferencing, or tutorials.
Instructional outcomes are based on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher
Education promulgated by the Association of College and Research Libraries. These standards and
outcomes guide the learner to determine the nature and extent of the needed information, access it
effectively, critically evaluate the information, and use it effectively and ethically.


Individual / Group Instruction

Individual or group instruction may be initiated by email, web form, phone, scheduling an appointment,
or dropping into the Library, and is offered in person or via email or phone to faculty, graduate, and
undergraduate students on each campus or online anytime the Library is open. Instruction is customized
to respond to the student’s immediate information need, and usually based on an assignment to be
completed. The instruction may help the student to articulate or focus an information need, to access
and search the range of print and electronic research materials, to evaluate sources and information, to
use the information to complete a project, or to address copyright and plagiarism concerns.


Class Instruction

Class instruction for single or multiple sessions on any campus or online may be initiated by email, web
form, phone, or dropping into the Library. Instruction may be scheduled for any time classes are in
session, including evenings and weekends. It should be scheduled for an appropriate time during the
course as determined by the syllabus and course deliverables. Without exception, the instruction is
based on a specific assignment, which has been previously reviewed with the students and for which the
students have chosen a research topic. The librarian will collaborate with classroom faculty to create a
lesson plan integrated into the curriculum and incorporating the instructor’s desired outcomes. A
minimum of a week’s advance notice is required for planning. The instruction will be delivered in a
hands‐on environment appropriate to its content, using materials that are accessible to the students
during the research process. During the instruction, classroom faculty should be present and
collaboratively engaged with the librarian, thereby communicating to students the value of the content.


Embedded Librarian

Any on‐ground or online course instructor may request that a librarian be embedded in a course for
which research is a significant component. The librarian will collaborate with classroom faculty to create
lesson plans or structured interactions integrated into the curriculum and incorporating the classroom
faculty’s desired outcomes. Working collaboratively, the librarian will also be present for class sessions
to deliver “just in time” instruction to address research strategies and obstacles, and to facilitate
learning. The instruction is delivered in a hands‐on environment appropriate to its content, using
materials that are accessible to the students during the research process.


Course Instruction

Library faculty have developed and teach undergraduate and graduate introductory library
research courses on‐ground and online. The courses are open to any students who are in need of this
instruction. Upon the request of any school within the University, the Library faculty will assist in the
development of and will teach partial or full credit library research courses for any departments that
have established such courses. The courses will be scheduled and taught under the auspices of the
requesting department

Request individual research help here!

Request classroom instruction here!

Please submit this form to the library at least five working days prior to the date requested for instruction.