The UW-Madison Libraries Teaching & Learning Programs office offers many valuable resources and services.
How We Can Assist You
Information literacy instruction is most effective when it is fully integrated into the goals of your class. We can assist with:
- Designing an effective research assignment that introduces your students to the most useful library resources
- Determining the most appropriate type of library instruction needed: class session, research guide, handout, tutorial, Learn@UW embedded resources, etc
- Scheduling library instruction to coincide with the time when students are working on their research assignments and are most motivated to learn
The following principles 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
- We usually provide instruction in 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 provide follow-up assistance for your students after the library session through email and individual consultations
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 Programs Director: Sheila Stoeckel, (608) 265-2755.