What is library instruction?
UMD Reference librarians offer library instruction for UMD classes and groups. Library instruction helps students learn to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically. Librarians can offer support for your classroom instruction in several ways:
- In-depth classroom instruction focusing on research strategies and resources for specific assignments
- In-class research help
- In-office consultations with students
- Online research guides for specific courses or assignments
- Online assistance to students via Moodle
- Online tutorials for specific courses or assignments
- Librarian collaboration on research assignment design
Key learning outcomes for library instruction include:
- Students will develop effective search terms and search strategies for their information needs
- Students will revise searches in order to persist in the face of search challenges
- Students will evaluate sources based on information need and the context in which the information will be used
- Students will identify multiple perspectives on a scholarly topic
- Students will formulate research questions that are appropriately scaled, meet assignment requirements, and can be supported by available resources
Why is library instruction necessary?
Students report that academic research is more difficult to conduct in the digital age, primarily due to information overload. For most students, getting started on a research assignment is most challenging. Assistance at this stage can help students navigate the entire research process.
Head, A.J. and Eisenberg, M. B. (2009). Finding Context: What Todayʼs College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age. In Project Information Literacy. Retrieved from http://projectinfolit.org/pdfs/PIL_ProgressReport_2_2009.pdf
How do I request library instruction?
If you have any questions about library instruction, please contact Kim Pittman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-726-7829 for more information.Back to top