The mission of the instruction program at the University Libraries is to support the teaching, research and extension mission of the University by teaching information literacy skills in order to promote academic success, personal and professional decision-making, civic participation, and life-long learning.
The library instruction program at UW Libraries takes a multi-pronged approach to teaching information literacy skills. Librarians:
meet with classes when students are beginning a research project in order to teach research skills and tools necessary for the class assignment. We focus our general library instruction on First-year Seminars and Communication courses in the University Studies program. If you are interested, please request a library instruction session.
work with faculty and instructors to develop research assignments, syllabi, and curricula that model best practices in information literacy and critical thinking.
provide online instructional materials for classes, including research guides and interactive and video tutorials.
teach credit-bearing research classes LBRY 3010: Research from a Distance and LBRY 3020: Navigating the World of Information.
offer a series of library workshops for faculty, graduate students, and other interested researchers.
If your students are completing a research project that will require that they use library resources, a guide may be helpful. A librarian can help you to narrow down the thousands of resources available and place a selection of the most relevant databases and tools at your students' fingertips. Contact your subject librarian directly, or ask at the Coe Library Help Desk for a referral to the appropriate contact.