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Library Instruction and Information Literacy:
Make Your Library Instruction Even More Effective

Effective library instruction is a collaboration between librarian and classroom instructor for the benefit of the students. The librarian's job is to help your students make their research assignments for you even better by providing specific, relevant instruction tailored to the need at hand. Here are some suggestions for a happy and productive partnership:

  • Contact your campus instruction coordinator or a subject specialist at least two weeks before the class.
  • Introduce the research assignment to your students at least a week before the library session, so they have some time to think about it.
  • Talk with your teaching librarian to make sure the library instruction relates to a specific class assignment and supports your curriculum.
  • Provide your syllabus and any assignment sheets you have given your students so that the teaching librarian can respond appropriately.
  • Have library sessions during a regularly scheduled class period and make attendance mandatory.
  • Attend the class yourself and participate. Your students adopt the behaviors and attitudes that you model.
Last updated February 3, 2005
 
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