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Library Guide for EN 102 Instructors: Planning a Library Visit

Information about planning library instruction for your class

What is Library Instruction?

Our library instruction program for EN102 and EN103 promotes critical thinking and problem solving in today's information environment. Our librarians strive to partner with you to develop uniquely tailored lesson plans that meet the needs of your students as they grow as writers and engage in the process of research. Below, you will find information about what to do before you bring your class to the library, and some of the other ways that our librarians can partner with you!

Modes of Library Instruction

In-Person Library Instruction

The University Libraries has dedicated one of our large event rooms for library instruction during COVID-19 pandemic. This room will allow us to schedule in person instruction with enough space for 25 participants. Our other instruction labs each have a capacity of 12.  We can also bring in-person library instruction to your normal classroom.

Live Online Library Instruction (e.g. synchronous online)

The options we offer in person can also be translated to a live online session. We have adopted some new tools and resources to make live online sessions active and engaging.

Learning Modules (e.g. asynchronous online)

Our learning modules were developed in conjunction with First-Year Writing and incorporated into the design of EN102 Online. Their purpose is to provide project-relevant introductions to key concepts and skills relating to information literacy, the research process, and using the Libraries’ services and resources.

Library Instruction Workshops

Some students who are enrolled in online classes live locally and still have access to campus. Many students have indicated that they find it easier to learn when instruction is presented in person. We are offering basic information literacy workshop series based on the five lesson plans that we offer to first year writing students. Library Instruction Workshops are an alternative to library instruction that is scheduled for your class and will be scheduled by the library. We will provide information to you to share with your students. Please contact Sara Whitver for more information (

Details about our Library Instruction Program:

How to Submit Your Request for Library Instruction:

After you submit your request: 

Step 1: Plan to integrate library instruction into your writing unit. Library instruction should be an integral part of a unit that you students are working on. Students get the best learning experience from their library visit when they can clearly see the connection to their library instruction activities and the classroom activities that they’ve been working on.

Step 2: Determine which librarian you will be working with. Your instruction librarian will partner with your for the whole semester and will need to meet with you for a 30 minute consultation before your first session, to discuss what your class has covered so far and what assignment your students will be working on during the library sessions. Each library session will be tailored specifically to your students’ assignments and the writing unit your class is addressing at the time of the session. Your students will have the best experience if your librarian understands the goals of your assignment, what kinds of sources your students are expected to use, and how you envision them using their sources. The earlier in the semester you meet with your librarian, the more time they’ll have to plan a learning experience unique to your class.

Preparing Your Class for Library Days:

The best-planned library visit is one that is paired with a writing unit. Time your library visit for after you have introduced a unit to your students, and communicate with your librarian about what you've covered so far.

  • During the week before your first scheduled visit, assign the Basic Scout Video Tutorial and the Advanced Searching in Scout and allow them to start exploring their topic.
  • Plan in-class activities and a homework assignment that can be used to help prepare your students for their visit to the library. Your librarian is a great source of help for this, and probably either has some ideas or possibly even something that they’ve used with classes in the past.
  • During the week before your second and your third scheduled visits to the library, be in contact with your librarian to let them know if they need to prepare sources for evaluation, or if your students will be at a point in their research that they can provide their own source to work on during the session.

Other considerations:

  • Consider adding your librarian to your syllabus as a contact
  • Add your librarian as a course builder to your blackboard page, and include information in your syllabus about the library resources folder in blackboard (which your librarian will add if they are included in your course on blackboard!)
  • Encourage your students to go find your librarian as they are working on drafts of their writing assignments. Librarians love working one-on-one with students!
  • Remind your students about Research Rescue at the Information Desk of Gorgas Library Monday-Thursday 4-6!


Program Assessment

UA Libraries' assessment of First Year Writing instruction includes both formative (in the moment) and summative (final/reflective) assessment to measure both teaching and learning within our classrooms. Through our assessment we hope to:

  • Develop a baseline for information literacy of first-year students
  • Determine information literacy development over the course of a semester
  • Enhance teaching through peer feedback and strategic reflection

Your librarian will share information with you about our pre and posttest and will probably be conducting assessment through worksheets or polling within the classroom. We also use a survey gather YOUR feedback at the end of each semester!