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 select key terms for searching on an assigned or self-selected research topic
- Students will locate and access library materials using the catalog and databases
- Students will distinguish between types of sources (academic/scholarly, popular, news) and select appropriate sources for their research needs
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.