Library Instruction

Schedule Library & Information Literacy Instruction

Schedule a library session customized for your research assignment and course goals using the request form below. The subject librarian for your department will confirm your session. To request other types of instruction (online tutorial, course guide, Canvas presence), contact your subject librarian or Kim Pittman.

Request a Librarian for Class Instruction



What Is Library Instruction?

UMD subject librarians can work with you to help your students develop their research skills and evaluate information critically. Librarians can offer support for your classroom instruction in several ways:

  • 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 Canvas
  • Online tutorials for specific courses or assignments
  • Librarian consultation 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, facilitate inquiry, 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.