Services and Resources Overview
The Library Instruction Program at Washington State University is designed to create partnerships between library and academic department faculty to teach research skills to students from freshman through graduate levels. Instruction helps students become effective participants in the modern information world and to develop skills and concepts they will need to continue their education beyond their years at WSU. Library Instruction aims to help student researchers develop a broad understanding of skills and concepts related to the identification, location, retrieval, management, and presentation of information in an increasingly automated and networked environment. For more information, contact Corey Johnson or visit the library instruction homepage.
Library faculty offer classes designed for the specific informational needs of your course and your particular assignments. These library sessions can cover multiple concepts, including specific resources, searching techniques, evaluation of information, the research process, plagiarism, citing sources, and more. Most classes incorporate a hands-on element that allows your students to work directly with specialized resources during the class. Classes can take place in or outside of the Libraries' instructional classroom facilities.
Instructional Design Support
Library faculty can work with you to create or revise assignments that require use of library or other informational resources. Services can also include identifying information literacy objectives attuned to the needs of your discipline and course, providing you with ideas for classroom activities, and providing you with the means to assess the information literacy skills of your students.
Designing or updating a Web-based or distance course? We can work with you to help design online components that incorporate information literacy elements and assessment. We can also work with you in identifying appropriate electronic resources for your students.
Interdisciplinary Project Teams
Have a class that crosses disciplines? The Libraries can create an interdisciplinary project team of subject specialist librarians to work with you and your students to ensure that students become knowledgeable about resources and information issues outside of their own subject area.
General Interest Workshops
The Libraries periodically offer campus, discipline, or department-wide classes focusing on a particular area. Previous workshops have covered new electronic resources for social sciences and humanities faculty and a series of classes covering United States government information offered to the campus at large. Library Instruction's Classes on Demand program lists workshop topic areas.
Library Class, Orientation and/or Tour Scheduling
Use this online form to schedule a library class, orientation session, or tour. The form will allow you to provide specific information about your assignment and what you would like the class to cover.
Library Research Assignment Alert Form
Ensure that reference librarians are prepared for your students and your assignment by completing this online form before you give your students a library resource-using assignment.
Creating Effective Library Assignments
Tips and resources to help you create or revise a library resource-based assignment.
Library Resources for WSU Pullman Faculty
This resource page is provided to help you quickly locate the policies and services offered by the Washington State University Libraries. The page includes links to commonly used library resources including print and electronic reserves, interlibrary loan, resources for detecting plagiarism, and more.
General Education Information Literacy and Writing Rubric
This rubric will help you as an assessment tool for information literacy competence.