Library Instruction

UMKC Libraries offers information literacy instruction in developing the skills needed to locate, analyze, and evaluate information. Our classroom at Miller Nichols Library can accommodate classes with a maximum of 30 students. For larger classes, a librarian can come to your classroom. Scroll down the page to request a Research Essentials instruction session.

Besides instruction, we can support classes through a variety of methods:

Course Guides

A course guide is designed to provide links to the resources your students will need for their course assignments. Subject specific research guides auto populate in your course under Library Resources on the course navigation.


Brief online tutorials or videos can show the use of library tools, steps in the research process, or research skills and concepts. Librarians can create or share tutorials and videos for your class.

Research Consultants

Your students can make appointments for help with research to assist them in developing a search strategy, choosing the best databases, locating both popular and peer-reviewed sources, and giving them search tips.

Research Essentials

Research Essentials is an undergraduate information literacy instruction program that serves the General Education students of UMKC.

Embedded Librarian

Canvas allows librarians to enroll in a course to guest teach at an instructor’s request.

What You Will Need

A successful information literacy instruction session depends upon several factors, including:

Additional Contact

Mardi Mahaffy

Mardi Mahaffy

Head of Teaching & Learning

Streaming video request

Streaming video request

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library