The Wilmington University library is committed to supporting student learning through its instruction program. The purpose of library instruction is to help students engage in creative and critical thinking about research and information services. The library helps students develop lifelong learning skills that can be utilized beyond their university experience.
The librarians at Wilmington University can help faculty meet their goals for student research and information literacy outcomes in a variety of ways including the following:
- Providing instruction on the use of library resources - face-to-face at specific campus locations or online using web-conferencing software.
- Creating online, web based tutorials targeted to your particular course or assignment
- Collaborating to design research assignments that make the best use of library resources and ensure student success
- Developing unique course guides (LibGuides) to target the specific research needs of the class
How Do I Schedule a Library Orientation for My Class?
Simple! Just complete the form for a Faculty - Classroom Orientation Request and a librarian will respond to schedule. Please schedule your orientations as early in the Block/Semester as possible so that we can best accommodate your preferred date of instruction. If you need immediate assistance, please call the main library at 1-800-451-5724.
What to Expect From a Library Orientation?
Faculty can request an orientation for their class, and a librarian will work with the faculty member to identify the appropriate resources to present that aligned with the course syllabus or specific assignment. Library instruction will be tailored to meet the needs of the course learning objectives. Faculty are encouraged to provide their syllabus or relevant assignment details to the library to ensure the orientation will meet the needs of the course.
The best time to schedule a library orientation is at point-of need - typically when students are starting work on projects that require use of library resources and when the information will address the students' immediate concerns and needs. It is always helpful for students to have their topics chosen, or narrowed down, so they can be prepared to do hands-on research at the time of instruction.
Please note: We ask that instructors are present during library orientations. We feel the instructor's presence makes a tremendous difference in the success of the library orientation sessions– it can reinforce the importance of library instruction, and the instructor’s knowledge and perspective may also provide additional insight and benefits to the presentation.
For more details on WilmU Library instruction and services for faculty, please see the following guide: Faculty Resources.
Want a course-specific LibGuide for your class? Please submit a request.