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Guide for Library Instruction Across the Disciplines: Start Here

Coordinator of Library Instruction

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Sara Whitver

Discipline-specific Library Instruction

Our library instruction program promotes critical thinking and problem solving in today's information environment. Our subject librarians strive to partner with you to develop uniquely tailored lesson plans suited to the disciplinary practices of your course. Library instruction is intended to 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!  


Program Contact and More Information: 

Sara Maurice Whitver  

Associate Professor/ Coordinator of Library Instruction 

smwhitver@ua.edu 

Research Help for Your Students

Research Consultations

Sometimes, students have trouble finding sources. Sometimes they don’t where to start looking! Please encourage your students to come to the information desk on the first floor of Gorgas for help if they need it, to click on the Ask A Librarian tab on our website, or to send us a text message. Students are also welcome to make a consultation appointment with me, or any of the other librarians! We are here to help them figure things out.

Modes of Instruction

Our  library instruction program 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

Face to Face Library Instruction

Librarians conduct instruction in the Libraries' instruction labs, but also frequently go to the classroom or meet classes in larger capacity instruction labs on campus. The instruction labs at the University Libraries can typically hold 24 students. Depending on your class enrollment, you and your librarian will need to decide on the best location for your face to face instruction.

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)

Roll Tide Research is a series of interactive tutorials and other multimedia resources focusing on information literacy concepts, critical thinking skills, and practical research strategies for using resources available at the Libraries and elsewhere. The contents are organized into modules based on their general order in the research process, but the tutorials were designed to stand alone and can be taken separately and in any order. Some tutorials include optional quizzes at the end that allow users to email results to themselves or their instructors. These are also available as SCORM objects that can be installed in your Blackboard course to report to the gradebook. Content is regularly updated and additional content is being developed. Most recent update: August 2020