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Library Instruction Program


Online Instruction

  • Librarians can create a custom module for your Canvas course as a supplement (or out-of-class assignment) to your regular class time.
  • The design of modules will vary depending on the topic, but may include the use of pages, instructional videos, practice quizzes, research guides, or discussion boards.
  • Librarians can host a synchronous Zoom session.

Online Instruction Policies

  • Given the amount of prep work involved in developing online instruction, please make requests at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
  • Librarians must be added to your Canvas course in the role of “Instructional Librarian.” This will allow them to add and modify their module(s).
  • Faculty need to incentivize students to complete the instructional module, such as offering participation credit, a grade, or extra credit. Given our experience in Spring 2020, students participate in library instruction at a higher rate when it is incentivized.
  • A recording of a synchronous Zoom session should be posted in your Canvas course for students unable to attend the live session.

Self-Enroll Canvas Library Tutorials

If you do not want to add your librarian liaison to your Canvas course or incentivize the library instruction, then you may assign students to self-enroll in one of the following Canvas tutorials.

Mission Statement

The mission of Milne Library’s instruction program is to educate and assist library users with their research needs. The academic faculty librarians accomplish this by collaborating with teaching professors to support course objectives and specific assignments in student-centered instruction.

Goals of the Library Instruction Program

We teach frameworks and skills related to locating, evaluating, and integrating information into academic work.

The goals for which we assess the instruction program are:

Locate information using library resources.

  • Identify types of information needed for completing assignments.
  • Search effectively and efficiently for relevant information, evidence, and data.
  • Develop search terms for use in general and subject-specific databases.

Evaluate information for credibility and authority.

  • Evaluate the quality of information obtained.
  • Determine the scholarly merits of information.
  • Recognize the variety of factors in the production, access, and use of information.

Integrate information into projects.

  • Use information responsibly and ethically.
  • Recognize discipline-specific citation requirements.
  • Share information in a variety of platforms and media.


Sample Instruction Sessions:

  • Scholarly and popular sources
  • Navigating an academic article
  • Credible and authoritative sources
  • Structuring a meaningful database search
  • Citing, citation styles, and citation managers Introducing students to library resources
  • Annotated bibliography or literature review
  • Plagiarism and paraphrasing

Notes for Faculty

  • Consult a librarian about the assignment.Librarians will work with you to design an appropriate assignment and select the best resources for student research.
  • Schedule and request instruction sessions early. To ensure the library can arrange lab space and necessary materials, please make your instruction requests at least one week in advance.
  • Assign meaningful library exercises. Asking students to locate specific items lacks a clear purpose, teaches students little about researching, and can frustrate students and librarians alike.
  • Direct students to a variety of resources. When an entire class has the same assignment, certain resources may be difficult to access. If the whole class will be using a particular source or set of sources, please put the source(s) on course reserve.

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