While we may not be able to partner together in a physical classroom, library faculty are still here to support information literacy instruction online. We teach asynchronously or synchronously depending on the class needs and what works best for the learning goals.
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Here are some different scenarios of what information literacy instruction could look like for your class:
We also have many existing resources to support your students including pre-made instructional materials, supplementary resources, and tips on linking to library content in Blackboard.
These are great for students who need a refresher or an answer to a quick question. You can find all our FAQs from the library’s homepage or curated collections for a topic on our research guides.
Work with a librarian to have a quiz or activity designed to complement one of our existing videos. Find some of our videos and tutorials on our Getting Started with Library Research guide.
In addition to instructional materials we design, we also have lots of great resources you can add to your Blackboard course! This includes our library subscriptions to streaming videos, articles, ebooks, datasets, and primary sources. When linking to library resources, using the permanent stable URL is required to access resources consistently through the campus’ single sign-on authentication service. Not a library permalink whiz? We’ve got you covered with a step-by-step guide and of course you can always ask!
As we navigate this unusual semester together here are some final tips for making the most of our instructional resources.
DO - Consult with a librarian and let us support you! Contact your academic college liaison or submit a request form to get started.
DON’T - Assign students multiple tutorials and videos from a list, this can decontextualize the research process and duplicate what students are being assigned in other courses. We’d be happy to customize materials for your learning outcomes or suggest an activity relevant to your discipline and course.
DO - Refer students to our DIY materials for support including our research guides, FAQs, and instant message chat.
DON’T - Require students to make an appointment with a librarian as a matter of course. There are 10 of us and 14,000+ students. Plus, we find students are most engaged in research appointments when they are in the driver’s seat. Don’t worry, students can quickly connect with a librarian 24/7 through chat.
DO - Plan ahead! Well-designed asynchronous materials take time to create and we want to make sure we provide the best learning experience as possible for students. Help us by planning ahead and requesting information literacy instruction early. We ask for at least two weeks notice.