Library Instruction

As detailed in the Penrose Library Mission and Guiding Principles, the Instructional and Research Services department guides students through the research process, helping them develop critical thinking skills to conduct research, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry.

Librarians can provide as-needed services to students in a variety of contexts, including in person at the reference desk, via phone, IM, or email.

Scheduling an Instructional Session

You may request an instructional session for your class. We work with students to help them develop search strategies, find and evaluate resources, and use resources effectively in coursework. And we will work with you to tailor our instruction to meet your specific course needs. Our program of instruction is developed in collaboration with classroom faculty to build general information literacy skills and is designed to fit into the framework of your course.

Instruction provides students with

  • information tailored to course projects and assignments
  • exposure to discipline-specific research tools
  • hands-on experience with relevant print and electronic resources
  • experience with research strategies and information literacy skills

Instruction includes presentations and hands-on active learning components, as well as class discussion. You may schedule an instruction session in the Center for Teaching and Learning, college classrooms or college computer labs. Please contact Lee Keene (509-527-5917), Head of Instructional and Research Services, to schedule your session.