Library Instruction

Library Instruction

Group Instruction

Librarians are happy to meet with classes and to offer instruction in how to use the library and its many resources. Each instructional session is tailored to the specifics of the course and its assignments.

If you wish to set up a session for your class, you may select from one of the following options:

Please note:

  • We try our best to tailor our library sessions to your particular classes. You can help us do so by providing us with information about the student assignment(s), including some specific sample topics and any stipulation pertaining to the sources that you wish your students to use.
  • We highly recommend that you request your library session for a time when students already have a fairly good idea about the topics that they will be working on. Students will perceive library sessions as more meaningful if they see the connection to their project.
  • We offer three major formats:
    • Single lecture/demo session
    • Lecture/demo session followed by a hands-on practice session (either back-to-back or on different days)
    • Library instruction with more involved collaboration between librarian and course instructor, including the selection of suitable information literacy learning outcomes, the development of an assessment rubric, and the sharing and discussion of the assessment data. (This is currently piloted in connection with selected First Year Seminars.)
  • While usually requiring additional time, the combination of lecture and hands-on seems to be most effective. Typically, it is during the hands-on phase that students become lively and seek a dialog with both the class instructor and the librarian.
  • Some of your students have never set foot in the Library. We therefore prefer to have the class come to the library. However, we are flexible and willing to come to your classroom.
  • We urge instructors to be present during the sessions we teach for two reasons. First, our electronic resources are in a constant state of flux; this is a good opportunity for instructors to catch up with the resources that they want their students to use. Second, if questions about the assignment and the resources to be used emerge, the class instructor can respond to these right then and there.
  • Finally, we urge instructors to be cautious when excusing students from library sessions. Students often do not realize that our library sessions are tailored to specific courses/assignments and that access to the online resources may have changed.


Library Resources 101

We currently offer three sections of Library Resources 101, an introductory course titled Information Literacy Skills for College-Level Research. The purpose of this course is to teach students how to become proficient and discerning in using print, electronic, and other library resources to obtain relevant information. This is a pass/fail, one credit course. For more information, please visit the Library Resources 101 page or contact Dave Dettman

Library Resources 380

Supervised field experience in UWSP library. LRES 380 is titled: Internship in Academic Librarianship, and is 1-3 credits. For more information, please visit the Library Resources 380 page or contact Dave Dettman for more information.

History 399

Our archivist teaches History 399, titled Independent Study: Introduction to Archival Principles and Practices. For more information, please check the Course Catalog or contact Ruth Wachter-Nelson.

Other Library Instruction

The Library also provides instruction in several other ways.

  • We assist and instruct our users with library research questions through our reference services.
  • We offer one-on-one sessions to newly hired faculty.
  • We offer one-on-one sessions to UWSP faculty, staff, and students working on advanced projects. If you wish to schedule such a session, please contact a librarian to make an appointment.
  • Periodically, we offer open sessions introducing new tools and resources. These sessions will be announced on our homepage and through the UWSP Message of the Day.
  • Upon request, we provide sessions on specific library resources to community organizations. If you wish to schedule such a session, please contact the Library Instruction Program Coordinator.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library Instruction Program Coordinator.

Contact Info

Dave Dettman
Library Instruction Program Coordinator
104A ALB