Teaching in the Library

Library instruction provides strong support through 2 main programs, library user education session and library credit courses. All library curriculum and instructional methods are built upon research and technology best practices, and the Association of College Research Libraries Information literacy competency standards for higher education.

For-credit Courses

Library faculty also teach Library 201 and Library 225 credit courses. Library credit courses provide vigorous instruction in library and information science concepts and techniques. This includes instruction in theory based knowledge, such as Boolean Logic, and modern techniques for effective information access, management, and product creation.The credit courses provide rich, relevant hands-on experience that provides skills and knowledge that supports student learning throughout the academic career. Check the WIU Course Search for availability.

User Education Classes

Many classes require library resources to complete a specific assignment. Library faculty collaborate with department instructors to develop research examples and strategies for finding, evaluating and using information that best meet the information need of course assignments and goals. Library class based sessions stress methods for using library tools for research and composition that support class assignments and goals. Instructors can schedule a class session here.

Reference Desk Instruction

Library instruction takes many forms. Through the Reference Desk library patrons can get help to find books, locate online journals and articles or order Interlibrary Loan materials from another library. You can also get one-on-one research assistance. Reference librarians also create printable reference guides for using the library and library databases. For more information, visit the Reference Services web page, contact the reference desk at 298-2700, or Ask-a-Librarian here.