Resources for Faculty

Types of Instruction and Collaboration

College Library’s librarians employ active learning techniques to facilitate students’ acquisition of effective research and information competency skills. They strive to interact with students at teachable moments, whether in the classroom, at the reference desk, or in virtual situations, when the students need to fulfill a specific information need.

A wide range of instructional options are available. Consult with Diane Mizrachi, information literacy instruction coordinator, about the right combination of instructional experiences for students.

  • Single or multiple sessions integrated into a course:  Designed to introduce basic research and critical thinking skills; more effective are two sessions spaced throughout the quarter so that students retain information and can apply it more
  • Small group instruction sessions (three-six students):  An out-of-class option to stand alone or to supplement an instruction session; ideal for collaborative project situations
  • Brief presentations to students in the classroom:  An effective method for introducing library services at the beginning of the quarter or helping students throughout the quarter before they begin their research projects
  • Library workshops and tailored tours:  Tours are conducted typically at the beginning of the quarter. Workshops that focus on locating and evaluating information using electronic resources can be assigned to students as an out-of-class activity.
  • Research assignment development:   Work with a librarian to develop an effective research-based assignment for students.
  • Syllabus review:   Consult with a librarian about ways in which information literacy can be integrated into course assignments.
  • Customized research guides/tutorials:   Customized guides for a course in either print or electronic format
  • For-credit information literacy courses:  Work with a librarian to create a for-credit adjunct course or lab that aligns information literacy competencies to the content of the curriculum.