A successful library instruction session depends upon several factors, including:
- Sufficient time (at least two weeks) to schedule and prepare for the session
- A course-related assignment that requires library research
- A collaborative, communicative partnership between librarians and classroom faculty
- The attendance of all students, as well as the faculty member, at the session
UMKC Libraries not only provide access to numerous information resources, we also offer instruction in developing the skills needed to locate, analyze, and evaluate that information. Through course-related library instruction, librarians foster the life-long learning skills in students that will empower them to be critical thinkers, confident decision-makers, and informed citizens.
In addition to explaining the purpose and use of various resources, both online and print, librarians teach students to formulate a research strategy, recognize authoritative resources, and cite information properly. If the research assignment or learning need requires extensive instruction, you may schedule two or more library instruction sessions for your class. Library instruction takes place in a fully-integrated, multi-media lab to allow for a hands-on, active learning experience.
Our classroom at Miller Nichols Library can accommodate classes with a maximum population of 30. If you have classes that are larger than 30, please consider scheduling more than one library instruction session.