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Instruction Policy

The Canisius College Library instruction program is based on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. We adhere to the following guidelines in order to ensure effective library instruction for your classes.

  • Connect the library with your class: Share your belief in the value of information literacy. Students who see a connection between your course, the field of study, and the library instruction will get more out of the session. We invite your assistance in the planning and execution of the session in order to meet curricular goals.
  • Participation: Professors who actively participate in library instruction help their students to participate. Please feel free to add your knowledge to the class discussion.
  • Instructor Attendance: It is important that you attend the session with your students. Students often have questions that can best be answered by the professor.
  • Assignment: Students should have the research assignment as well as a possible topic in mind when they come to the session. This allows the opportunity to connect their learning with the assignment and to begin their research. We must receive a copy of your assignment that necessitates a visit to the library at least 1 week in advance of the session. This affords the librarian time to prepare an effective session tailored to the needs of your students. The session will be rescheduled if we do not receive the assignment within this time frame.
  • Scheduling: All library instruction requests should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the session date. Library Instruction is most effective at point of need so please schedule your session to coincide with an assignment. If you feel you have scheduled your session too early, we are happy to reschedule.
  • Librarian Observation: On occasion the library session may be evaluated by another librarian. This is an evaluation of the librarian teaching the session and not of the class instructor.