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English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages Faculty: Library Instruction

Covers the general library services offered to faculty

Library Instruction Sessions

Students who know their way around the physical library and the library's rich array of electronic resources are better students! Librarians help students learn to navigate library resources and by teaching information literacy skills.

Library instruction lessons can range from a broad overview of library resources to instruction targeted to a specific assignment. The librarian will work with you to make sure your students receive the information they need to be successful.

Schedule a library instruction for your class by submitting this form or contact Megan Thomas at 657-1663.

Instruction Scheduling Tips

  • Book your instruction session as early as possible to secure your first choice of date and time.
  • Consider the timing of the library instruction session. Too much time between the session and assignment is not always effective. Also, too close to the assignment due date should be avoided.
  • Provide the librarian with supporting documentation of the assignment's details and any other pertinent information.
  • Determine clear learning outcomes for the session and communicate these to the librarian.
  • Shorter, more frequent sessions are often better than one longer session. Please consider this based on your time constraints.

Book a Librarian

Students and faculty may also set up an appointment to meet with a librarian for one-on-one research help. The Book-a-Librarian service is available for faculty, individual students, or groups. Contact Megan Thomas at 657-1663 or mthomas@msubillings.edu to schedule an appointment.

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is the ability of individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose or goal
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information
  • Access and use information ethically and legally

Learn more about information literacy by clicking here.