Instructional Services

Library staff can customize instructional sessions to meet the learning goals of your research assignment and course. These services connect students to the most appropriate research materials and promote the development of valuable research skills.

Instructional support can include instruction in the library or classroom, and can also include instructional materials integrated into the online Library Course Pages and Learn@UW.

Library instructional services include:

  • Course-related library instruction sessions
  • Web-based tutorials
  • Assignment design, syllabus enrichment, and curriculum consultations
  • Print and electronic materials placed on reserve for students in your course
  • Individual instructional consultations
  • Ask-a-Librarian service in person or via phone, e-mail, or instant messaging

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About Our Program

How We Can Work with You

Information literacy instruction is most effective when it is fully integrated into the goals of your class.

  • We can help you design an effective research assignment that introduces your students to the most useful, logistically feasible resources
  • We can help you determine the most appropriate type of library instruction: class session, part of a class session, Web page, handout, tutorial, Learn@UW link, etc
  • You can schedule library instruction to coincide with the time when students are working on their research assignments and are most motivated to learn
  • We usually provide instruction in our library classrooms, but we can and will come to your classroom
  • We know the information resources, but you know your students
    • We need your presence and involvement in the planning and teaching of a library session to ensure that your students will be actively engaged
  • With your help, we can stay in touch with your students to provide follow-up assistance after the library session through email and individual consultations

How We Do It

The following goals guide the design of all instructional modules developed for our program:

  • Teach students to define their information needs, identify and select appropriate sources of information, and to evaluate these sources in terms of relevance, reliability, and objectivity
  • Teach students strategies, as well as mechanical skills, for information seeking
  • Teach students information seeking as a process that involves critical thinking and decision making
  • Integrate hands-on learning techniques, including in-class exercises and database searching, using our computer-equipped classroom

How to Get Started and Get More Information

Effective library instruction takes time to prepare and is in great demand. To ensure that your students will get the instruction they need when they need it, please contact us as far in advance as possible.

For more information about the campus Teaching & Learning Programs or the instruction program in individual campus libraries, please contact the program’s coordinator: Sarah McDaniel, (608) 262-4308.