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Faculty Toolkit: Library Instruction

Library resources and information for MSUB faculty.

Research in the Information Age

MSUB Librarians also teach information literacy skills to students in the 3 credit course, LSCI 125:  Research in the Information Age. This course fulfills a gen ed requirement and is taught both online and in person and sections.

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 the Library Instruction Request FormDuring the Fall 2020 semester all library instruction will be conducted virtually.  After some trial and error during the first few weeks of class, we have discovered that the way a virtual library instruction works the best is for the librarian leading the session to send the instructor a WebEx meeting link and have the instructor forward that link to their students.  The students can then join the meeting at the designated time from their laptop, tablet, phone, etc.  Each person joining individually allows the session to be as interactive as possible.  Information about using WebEx can be found here  Please note that students should NOT be sitting in the classroom together.  When more than one person joins the WebEx within 30 feet of another person joining the same WebEx it generates a feedback echo that makes hearing the session impossible. 


Unfortunately, not all classrooms on campus are created equal and technology limitations make a session in your classroom very challenging.  A successful library instruction session in your classroom take additional work on your end.  The room will need a web cam, a microphone, and speakers loud enough to reach everyone in the room at a minimum.  Most classrooms do not have this.  If you do not know if your classroom contains these features, please contact the IT department at 257-5700 for assistance.  If your room does have the necessary technology, a conversation with the librarian conducting the instruction session to determine additional logistics can then take place.  Be aware that even with the needed technology in place the session will be less interactive than you may anticipate. 


The Library has developed several video tutorials that you might also find useful in your teaching.  These can be used in the classroom or embedded in D2L.

Introduction to Library Research
Navigating the MSUB Library Homepage

Doing Research with Power Search
Introduction to Academic Search Complete & Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Introduction to Research Guides
Introduction to Ebook Central


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.

Best practices for the library instruction session:



  • Make sure students know how to log into an on-campus computer.
  • Make sure students know the location of the library instruction session.


  • Try to attend the session to support the instruction session and provide additional guidance as needed to your students. Students benefit the most when both the librarian and the faculty member is present.
  • Faculty input during the instruction session is encouraged and helpful!


  • Encourage students to regularly visit the Library's website and to ask for research help at the Ask Here Desk.
  • Encourage students who missed the session to visit the Library website and drop by for an in-person visit. Librarians are always available for one-on-one assistance.
  • Book instruction session early 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.

The following is a sample of courses for which librarians provide instruction sessions:


  • AHAT 210 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • ARTH 160 – Global Visual Culture
  • ARTH 439 – American Indian Art
  • BGEN 315 – Applied Business Decisions
  • BGEN 360 – International Business
  • BMIS 150 – Computer Literacy
  • BMKT 342 – Marketing Research
  • CHMY 421 – Advanced Instrument Analysis
  • COMX 111 – Introduction to Public Speaking
  • COMX 115 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • COMX 200 - Exploring Communication Studies
  • COMX 212 – Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • CRWR 360 - Magazine Article Writing
  • ECP 201 – Paramedic Fundamentals
  • EDU 105 – Education and Democracy
  • EDU 331 – Literature and Literacy for Children
  • EDU 397A – Methods: K-8 Language Arts
  • EDU 433 – Reflective Practices in Teaching Reading
  • EDU 494 - Seminar
  • ENST 210 – Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENST 499 – Senior Thesis/Capstone
  • High School Connections: Dual Credit Program
  • HIST 318 – The United States from Depression to Prosperity, 1929-1960
  • HIST 499 – Senior Capstone: Historical Methodology
  • HSTA 200 – Historian as Detective
  • HSTR 436 – Modern Latin America
  • HTH 435 – Health and Wellness across the Lifespan
  • KIN 105 - Foundations of Exercise Science
  • KIN 362 – Basic Athletic Training
  • KIN 364 – Research Methods in Health and Human Performance
  • KIN 415 - Advanced Exercise Testing and Prescription
  • KIN 462 – Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment
  • LIT 110 – Introduction to Literature         
  • MATH 499 - Capstone
  • MUSI 207 – World Music
  • MUSI 301 – Music History I
  • NASX 494 – Native American Studies Seminar
  • NASX 499 – Native American Studies Capstone
  • NRGY 101 – Introduction to Sustainable Energy
  • NRSG 144 – Core Concepts of Mental Health Nursing
  • NRSG 254 – Mental Health Concepts
  • PHL 110 – Introduction to Ethics
  • PHL 111 – Philosophies of Life
  • POLS 551 – Public Administration Research Methods
  • POLS 554 – Foundations of Public Administration
  • PSCI 333 – Comparative Government
  • PSYX 525 – Psychological Assessment of Cognitive Abilities
  • REC 310 – Adventure Leadership
  • REHA 425 – Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Co-occurring Disorders
  • RLST 170 – The Religious Quest
  • RLST 303 – Greek and Roman Mythology
  • SOCI 318 – Sociological Research Methods
  • SOCI 455 – Classical Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 495 – Sociology Seminar
  • SPNS 101 – Elementary Spanish
  • SPNS 201 – Intermediate Spanish
  • Upward Bound
  • Veteran’s Upward Bound
  • WRIT 095 – Developmental Writing
  • WRIT 101 – College Writing I
  • WRIT 122 – Introduction to Business Writing
  • WRIT 220 – Business and Professional Writing