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Vanderbilt Library Instruction Program

The library is committed to partnering with faculty and instructors to teach the research skills necessary to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and ensure the success of learners in the 21st century. The information, visual, media, and digital literacy concepts at the center of the library’s instruction program will provide students with the skills they need to become successful critical thinkers, effective communicators, and productive citizens.

The library’s liaison librarians are experts in their fields and disciplines.

Preparation of Course Materials

Liaison librarians will assist you with placing items on reserve or answering questions related to Copyright Clearance Services and creating ClassPaks.

Curriculum-Integrated Instruction Sessions

Liaison librarians are happy to consult with faculty about assignments or projects. Contact your librarian early in your course preparation to allow sufficient planning. Additionally, please request your instruction session at least one week (seven days) before the preferred date in order to allow the librarian sufficient time for planning a class based on your session objectives. Requests made less than one week (seven days) in advance of the session will be honored at the discretion of the librarian, but cannot be guaranteed. Instructor attendance at the session will provide the best learning experience for students. You may also fill out the Library Instruction Request Form to request a session, and we will connect you with your liaison librarian. Thank you.

First Year Writing Seminar instructors are encouraged to contact your liaison librarian to discuss targeted instruction options for your course.

Assignment Design & Consultation

Liaison librarians are available to collaborate with faculty in designing research assignments that emphasize critical thinking and effective research skills. Learning outcomes for the research projects can be tied to course and program outcomes. For more information on designing research assignments, see this guide for faculty and instructors.

Education Technology

Students benefit from librarians’ expertise outside of the classroom through library educational technologies. Librarians design custom research guides, websites, video tutorials, and handouts that assist students with course research projects and papers. These tools are available as stand-alone resources or can be embedded into Brightspace. Examples of learning objects include:

Brightspace-Embedded Librarians

Embedding a Subject Librarian in your Brightspace course provides consistent and personalized assistance for your students. An embedded librarian is especially useful for flipped and hybrid classes that involve a research component. Including a librarian in Brightspace also extends students' access to research assistance after a library instruction session. In addition to Brightspace, librarians can be embedded in curricular and assignment development, partner in the assessment of student learning, provide on-site office hours, and more. For more information about embedded librarians, see this guide for faculty and instructors.

Library Tours & Orientations

Librarians regularly provide custom tours and orientations for classes or groups. Your liaison librarian can prepare an efficient, yet targeted, tour or orientation.

Contact your liaison librarian or the Director of Liaison & Instruction Services to discuss and discover options to help you optimize your course and enhance student learning.