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Faculty Services @ Spiva Library

A guide explaining information literacy across the curriculum and the role the library plays in helping students learn how to acquire, manage, analyze, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically to be successful in their careers and life.

Planning a reasearch assignment?

Some of the things that an IL class session can do:

  • Enable students to find library resources for class assignments.
  • Develop students’ critical thinking and evaluative abilities.
  • Acquaint students with whom to ask for help in the library and encourage them to do so.
  • Integrate information literacy skills in course content.
  • Collaborate to develop class assignments to help your students make best use of their time at the library.
  • Teach your students how to find and use information within your field.

One way to help your students successfully complete assignments is to inform the Reference Librarians, in advance of any assignments that may involve librarians helping students.  Knowing the objectives of the assignment and the expected learning outcomes helps us answer student questions more successfully.  IL sessions, LibGuides, library handouts and reference assistance can be tailored to specific assignments.

 Tips for creating effective assignments

Invite a Librarian to your class to teach IL skills

How to make the IL session successful - what do we need from you?

  • Discuss your assignment and course objectives with the librarian.
  • Tell us how many students, what assignments have been given, where the session would take place.
  • Have students work on assignments / projects soon after the session so that they can apply the new concepts right away.
  • Attend the session yourself so you know what they have been taught. Your presence also underscores the importance of the concepts covered.

To schedule library instruction:

  • Contact the library at or here at least one week in advance.  Two or more weeks is better for scheduling and creation of materials


Request a Customized LibGuide for your Course

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