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Information Literacy Guide for Faculty: Types of IL Instruction


Choosing the best type of instruction depends on the assignment and the desired outcomes.  Instruction is most effective when faculty and librarians collaborate in developing the assignment and working  with the students.

Faculty can schedule classes, even multiple sessions.  Sessions are designed to address an assignment or an Information Literacy learning goal.

To reinforce what is taught in sessions (and, if necessary, because of time constraints) Research Guides have been developed in all disciplines and for some assignments.

Pathfinders, bibliographies, and tutorials can be developed by librarians and embedded in Blackboard.

Students can be required or encouraged to schedule research consultations.

Scheduling a Session

Contact your library liaison.

You will be asked:

  • day and time (and possible alternate)
  •    the title and level of the course
  •    the number of students in the class
  •    if anyone has difficulty with steps (might determine location of the class)
  •    requirements of the research assignment
  •    if there is anything in particular that you want covered, e.g., evaluating sources, citations

Please accompany your class to the session. These sessions are most effective when the librarian is available to answer questions about searching and the faculty is available to answer questions about the assignment and content.

Encouraging your Students to Contact a Librarian

Encourage your students to contact the appropriate library liaison.

Students can also contact librarians by calling, going to the library, texting, chatting, or emailing.  All of these are described at Ask-A-Librarian at the Library homepage.

Students will also find links for contacting librarians and scheduling research consultations at the Research Guides.