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Information & Research Literacy at UST: Library Instruction Services

Library Instruction info for UST faculty

Faculty-Librarian Collaboration

We welcome opportunities to collaborate with you and help develop appropriate assignments that support specific learning outcomes.

Subject librarians can work with you to develop your students' skills in:

  • Constructing research strategies
  • Locating information by finding and effectively using appropriate resources and services
  • Evaluating and synthesizing the information discovered
  • Citing sources appropriately
  • Employing critical thinking skills

Schedule a library session for your class by contacting a subject liaison librarian.

Library Instruction

What we offer:

  • Librarians can collaborate with you on designing research assignments.
  • Besides classroom instruction, librarians provide one-on-one research consultations with students. Please encourage your students to contact their subject librarian to take advantage of this individualized research assistance.
  • Successful learning is active and participatory; we try to incorporate active learning activities, critical thinking, and problem solving exercises into our instruction.
  • Librarians can help you assess components of student research. Not only does this gauge students' learning, it also helps us adjust our teaching to better meet student needs.

Suggestions & Expectations:

  • We ask that you request library instruction at least a week in advance. As you are creating or updating your syllabi prior to the start of a semester, communicate with your subject librarian and discuss learning goals and objectives for the library instruction/research session. A good collaboration ensures that the research assignment takes advantage of UST's resources, and the librarian can create an effective instruction session. Communication is key!
  • Instruction should be tied to course work; the presence of the faculty member during an instruction session is crucial for the students to appreciate and understand the value of the session.
  • Timing is everything: library instruction should take place at a time when students are actually required to do research.
  • Consider including your subject librarian as a resource on your syllabus and within Canvas.

Subject Liaison Librarians