Instructional librarians collaborate with faculty in a variety of ways to help their students achieve academic success. As you look through the options below, contact your subject librarian or Kristen Borysewicz, Research Skills Instruction Coordinator, with any questions. We can help your students not only how to find resources and evaluate their quality, but also help them understand the issues involved in the information lifecycle and their role in it.
Contact your subject librarian for specialized, discipline-specific library instruction. Use the link below for general library instruction, such as English 130 courses, University 101, tours, etc.
Please allow at least a week for scheduling, although booking the class as you develop the syllabus is ideal.
Learn more about us or find out how to receive individual assistance in our Research Skills section.
How can we help?
Instructional librarians use lecture and group learning spaces at the library, visit campus classrooms, and participate in hybrid and online learning to teach research skills at all levels. We provide basic orientations, subject specific lessons, and graduate-level research skills.
- Schedule a session tied to an assignment or provide a hands-on task for them to do as part of the instruction time. Sharing this with us beforehand is important. We can also help craft activities and offer input on research assignments.
- Be with the class. Questions always arise about the assignment.
- Resources/interfaces are always changing, and sessions are highly customized. Students benefit from library sessions throughout their college careers.
- Consider scheduling more than one session in a semester to allow information to be presented in smaller segments and provide students extended work time in the library.
Subject librarians create self-service research assistance by organizing resources specific to a discipline. Best bets offer starting places in a discipline, advice to locate subject specific library books and ebooks, and contact information to the subject librarian.
Additionally, research guides can offer broad advice on citation managers or specific types of material such as dissertations and theses, DVDs, or data sets/statistics. There are also course guides that are made to directly support student success for specific assignments, such as MGMT 408: Human Resource Management Issues. Contact us if you would like to locate a helpful research guide, offer feedback on an existing one, or collaborate to make a new one.
We use hands-on tutorials and videos to create helpful how-to learning modules from basic to advanced level research tasks. These learning supports can be linked in Blackboard courses, used as assignments both in and outside of class time, and can be assigned points. Quizzes and certificates of completion can be embedded into the learning objects, such as we've done with our Introduction to Scholarly Articles tutorial. Contact us if you would like to locate a helpful tutorial, offer feedback on an existing one, or collaborate to make a new one.
Encourage your students to take our basic tutorial linked in the Student Resource Course. Additionally, all course shells have a link to the library and we encourage faculty to include it, but that's just a start. Consider linking to specific subject research guides; specialized, interactive, online tutorials; and direct contact information for your subject librarian. Additionally, librarians can have a presence in courses which could be helpful for extended project assistance or graded library assignments/activities.
In addition to reaching specific courses, we collaborate across campus to offer general workshops for topics such as organizing and managing research, in-depth searching for a literature review, publishing strategies, data management, and open educational resources. Contact us if you would like to collaborate on current or other workshops. Additionally, we sometimes sponsor visits and hands-on trainings from database vendors.
Faculty’s efforts to connect students to us and to develop research skills have value when assignments and activities are graded. Collaboration on developing these is beneficial, and at the least, sharing these activities beforehand support students’ success in accomplishing them. We can prepare for scavenger hunt activities and other low-stakes library interactions. However, the learning benefits will increase if we are able to provide input into these activities.
Integration with Campus Learning Initiatives
UND Essential Studies courses identify learning outcomes that equip students for success in college and beyond. Instructional librarians can particularly help with the information-focused outcomes as detailed in the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Value Institute rubrics:
High-Impact Educational Practices
AAC&U High-Impact Educational Practices increase student retention and engagement and are supported across campus; instructional librarians support undergraduate research as well as culminating projects such as ePortfolios.
Research Skills Development
There are several frameworks that address the needed skills to navigate the information-rich environment we inhabit. While the AAC&U rubrics offer campus-wide assessment of these skills, the library utilizes the Australian-based Research Skills Development (RSD) Framework for instruction for these reasons:
- It offers a pedagogically sound and theoretically informed method of tracking student development as researchers.
- Faculty and librarian collaborate in a common language to help students improve research skills and confidence.
- It scaffolds research skills along levels of autonomy to prepare students for disciplinary, self-directed research.
- The RSD covers similar aspects to both AAC&U and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education yet was developed by faculty rather than librarians.
- Facets of the research process form the basis of instructional supports.
If you have questions about our library instruction options, contact Kristen Borysewicz, Information Literacy Coordinator.