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Instruction Services

Library Instruction: Covid-19

Information Literacy Teaching and Learning for Spring 2021

Due to the health and safety concerns brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, the Information Literacy department has made adjustments to its instruction offerings to better accommodate various delivery needs as well as provide a safe environment for learning.

The reference desk will be offering virtual service only for Spring 2021. If you have a topic or assignment that you anticipate students will need research assistance with, we strongly encourage you to schedule either Synchronous or Asynchronous Library Instruction to give your students the best chance of success in their research.

Synchronous Instruction

We will continue to provide live instruction and are able to accommodate both Microsoft Teams and Blackboard Collaborate.  Additional formats can be accommodated as well.  Sessions can be recorded at the instructor's request to allow access after the session.  To ensure equity of instruction and accommodate staffing needs, requests for in-class instruction will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 


Asynchronous Instruction

In addition to synchronous instruction, the library has greatly updated its collection of digital learning tools and has a large collection of video and interactive tutorials that can be easily deployed in Blackboard courses.  Additionally, librarians can create specific tutorials, videos, research guides or recorded sessions to meet the specific research needs of your course and students. 


Instruction Requests

Creating online teaching materials takes time.  As such we ask for your patience and understanding as we work to provide impactful learning experiences regardless of format.  Please keep in mind the following when requesting instruction:

  • While we will always try to accommodate any request, we may require more advanced notice than previously in order to create or access materials for your course.
  • While we always try to meet with an instructor prior to a session, these meetings may be more crucial to ensure the best method of delivery and focus for the session.  
  • We may offer suggestions for different ways of providing library instruction then you have done before.  This is done to provide the best level of teaching and service to your students and you and we appreciate your cooperation.
  • We might suggest combining instruction sessions that were traditionally held separately in different rooms.  This is intended to maximize our personnel resources while providing the greatest level of instruction support.

Though our methods may change, like you, we are still striving for the same quality of instruction as before.  We appreciate your cooperation as we adjust our approach to meet this new challenge.