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Faculty Services and Resources at Houff Library

Library Instruction Sessions

Information Literacy


Library Instruction Sessions & Information Literacy​ 

Librarians are available to provide library instruction sessions for your classes. 

Sessions generally run between 45-75 minutes and can be customized to align with your assignments and learning outcomes and to best meet the needs of your students.

Options for online classes are available. Contact us to discuss the possibilities, including synchronous online sessions.

To schedule a session or for more information, please email Dawn Walton ( or Holly Scarberry ( We look forward to working with you and your students!

We kindly ask our instructors:

  • To provide us with a copy of or details about the assignments related to research when scheduling a session. Research shows students retain more when the instruction is immediately applied.

  • To let us know which learning outcomes would be the best fit for their students (see learning outcomes in the section below).

  • To be present when possible

  • To interject important points, as it demonstrates to students that the session is important.

  • To request instruction as soon as known to provide librarians sufficient time to prepare. At minimum, we prefer seven days advance notice prior to an instruction session.

  • To please give at least 24 hours notice if the session needs to be canceled.

Through experience, we have found that the best environment to provide instruction is in a computer lab where students can get hands-on practice using our online resources.This can be in a campus computer lab or in the library's main computer area. Dual-enrollment and off-campus instructors can also request a librarian to provide instruction in their classrooms.

If an in-person library session is not an option, contact us to discuss alternatives. You may also consider having students review the Library Basics guide.

Learning Outcomes for Library Sessions

Learning Outcomes for Library Instruction Sessions

We strive to collaborate closely with faculty in order to customize each instruction session. We ask that faculty select 3-4 learning outcomes for an initial instruction session. Additional outcomes may be addressed in follow up sessions.

Below is a listing of potential instruction outcomes. Outcomes 1-7 are beginner-level outcomes while outcomes 7-11 are more specialized or advanced. While librarians may touch on some of the information in other outcomes, we will focus our attention on the outcomes faculty have selected.


Outcome One: Popular vs. Scholarly Sources

Students will be able to differentiate between scholarly and popular materials in order to select an appropriate mix of resources for a specific assignment.

Outcome Two: Evaluation of Information

Students will be able to apply evaluative criteria to a source in order to gauge its credibility/reliability.

Outcome Three: Research Questions

Students will be able to develop a research question/questions that is/are appropriate in scope for a specific assignment. 

Outcome Four: Finding Articles in Library Databases

Students will be able to construct effective and efficient search strategies in library databases in order to retrieve articles relevant to a specific topic/assignment.

Outcome Five: Citing Sources

Students will be able to identify the source components needed for citations in order to accurately cite sources.

Outcome Six: Plagiarism

Students will participate in a conversation about plagiarism in order to understand when to cite.

Outcome Seven: General Library Orientation

Students will become familiar with library services in order to identify and seek help from appropriate resources.


Outcome Eight: Specialized Research Tools

Students will be able to utilize discipline specific tools in order to be able to locate sources necessary for specialized work.

Outcome Nine: Primary Sources

Students will be able to discern between primary and secondary sources in order to select the appropriate source types for their research topic.

Outcome Ten: Advanced Database Searching

Students will be able to apply advanced database search strategies in order to locate articles relevant to a specific topic/assignment.

Outcome Eleven: Scholarship as Conversation

Students will be able to read a citation and locate its source in order to track scholarly work created by others.