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Library Instruction Classes

Teaching students how to effectively use information resources is at the core of Teti Library's mission. The library's instruction program is structured to promote the cultivation of information literacy, starting with foundational skills in the freshman year and progressing toward advanced discipline-specific skills.

Library instruction is available in a variety of forms, including traditional instruction sessions in the library classroom, short drop-in presentations, hands-on workshops, one-on-one appointments, and research guides on the library website. Our librarians can collaborate with faculty to custom-tailor library instruction to meet the needs of their classes.

The library offers several options for instruction for your for your classes: from basic library orientation to in-depth advanced-level research skills and methods. Please contact the Reference department to set up a session or to collaborate on a project or guide customised for your classes.

Library Classroom Sessions

Faculty are invited to bring their classes to the library classroom for traditional instruction sessions. These sessions will be tailored to specific class assignments, and can include hands-on time for students to use library resources. Library sessions can cover topics such as how to search library databases, critically evaluate sources, or locate specialized types of information, including the Teti Special Collections. To schedule a session, contact the Reference Librarian.

Short "In Your Classroom" Sessions

Faculty can ask a librarian to drop by their regular classroom to deliver 20-minute presentations on specific topics. These presentations are a great option if your students need targeted instruction on a single skill or type of resource-ArtStor, for example.  Let us know how we can help.

Special Collaborations

There are other ways that faculty can incorporate library instruction into courses. Ask the Reference Librarian for information on these and other possibilities:

  • Collaborative Instruction:  a librarian works with an instructor to develop a research assignment, then conducts hands-on sessions in which students are introduced to the best resources for completing the assignment and given time to work on their own topics
  • Evening workshops:  the instructor encourages students to attend a research workshop outside of class time, in which students are given basic instruction followed by an opportunity to work on their research with a librarian available to help
  • Individual or group appointments:  the instructor encourages students to make one-on-one or group appointments with a reference librarian, who helps them get started with finding information on their specific research topics

Course Guides

Librarians can develop web-based guides directing students to the best library and online resources for a particular research assignment.  These guides help place resources in the context of the larger research process.  Course guides can either stand alone as instructional tools or reinforce and supplement the lessons of a library instruction session

Subject Guides

Teti Library has created a number of guides that are available on the Subject + Course Guide webpage. These include guides on how to find specific types of sources, evaluate websites, and distinguish scholarly from popular sources, among others.


Library Instruction Request Form

Faculty may fill out this form to request a library instruction session, or contact the staff at directly.  Please remember the following:

  • Instruction sessions fill up quickly;  please give a minimum 3 week notice.
  • The instructor is required to attend the session with his/her class.
  • Please provide the librarian with any relevant information:  assignment, desired outcomes, etc.

Suggest Material for Purchase

The library has allocated funds to support faculty acquisitions requests.  Use the form below to request books, DVDs, periodicals, or other library resources to support your teaching, research, or professional development.


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