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Faculty Development: Information literacy instruction and support

Use this guide to help you find and use the professional development resources available from the Library.

Information literacy instruction and support

This page has information about how librarians can work with faculty to provide information literacy instruction or support for their courses.


Group instructionA librarian can visit your class for one or multiple sessions to assist your students with topics such as finding information, using library databases, evaluating sources, APA formatting, or APA citations.  These sessions are created for your specific class and skills needed to be successful on your assignment(s).  Please reach out to your designated librarian to discuss objectives and timing.

Assignment support

Working together

A librarian can assist with creating and supporting your students with assignments.  Some possible options are listed below.  Please reach out to your designated librarian to discuss options.

  • Help page for your assignment:  A link to a LibGuide, folder of tutorials, or other resources that can help with a particular assignment(s).
  • Tutorials: We can create a tutorial specific to a skill needed for a particular assignment.
  • Open lab time:  If your students will have time during class to work on their assignment, consider inviting a librarian to help assist with research and citation questions the students encounter while working.
  • Appointments with students:  Required or encouraged appointments with a librarian to assist students with finding, evaluating, or citing information.
  • Library skills referrals:  There is a referral option in Starfish for Library Skills.  When using this option, librarians get an alert that a student needs assistance and can reach out.
  • Research assignment feedback:  A librarian can give you feedback on your research assignment.  Feedback might include what information to incorporate into the instructions to help students get started, resources available to students, suggested requirements for sources, etc.
  • Assignment creation:  Creating an assignment to teach an information literacy skill. 

Support within Blackboard

Computer screenYou can add a librarian to your course in Blackboard to assist students.  Below are some possible ways a librarian can support you within Blackboard.  Please reach out to your designated librarian to discuss options.

  • Ask the librarian discussion thread: A spot in the course for your students to ask questions to the librarian.
  • Discussion forums:  A librarian could participate or monitor discussion forums where students are brainstorming topics, sharing articles, etc. to suggest places to search, words to search, help with APA, etc.
  • Class announcements: Sharing resources and suggestions with students on their class's announcements page.
  • Synchronous sessions:  We can hold a drop-in help session specific to your class or conduct an information literacy session virtually for your students.

Other ideas?

Pink lemon among yellow lemonsDo you have something different in mind?  We are happy to discuss and explore other ways to collaborate as well.  Reach out and let us know.

Who do I contact?

Reach out to us to discuss your assignment and class needs.


0-300 Level Courses

Amy Snyder



400 Level and Graduate Courses

Ryan Nadeau

                Ryan Nadeau


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