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Faculty Resources

A guide of library and information literacy resources for Canisius faculty & staff.

Information Literacy Instruction

The Canisius College Library Instruction Program supports the college's mission by offering outstanding programs distinguished by transformative learning experiences. The Library Instruction Program is supported by committed and innovative instruction librarians who teach information literacy and critical thinking to foster civic engagement to become well-informed citizens. 

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The librarians will partner with class instructors to help shape their approaches to information literacy and develop their students' college level research abilities. We will develop a session tailored to discipline-specific course outcomes and assignments. 

The embedded librarian

An embedded librarian is ‘embedded’ into a course as a resource dedicated to the students in that course. The librarian is added to the course management system as an instructor, providing better access for students to the librarian and the library’s resources in an online space where they are already working. Any class that uses Desire 2 Learn can take advantage of working with an embedded librarian. In addition, the librarian can attend class sessions with the students and can offer in-class presentations on various topics regarding their information literacy.

Benefit to students

Embedded librarians facilitate student research and promote the use of library resources. The librarian can:

  • offer individual attention to students during the research process;
  • serve as a familiar contact for library related questions;
  • work with students to resolve access issues;
  • provide specially designed content for the course, including customized guides, and discussion posts with suggested resources, tutorials, and search strategies.

Partnering with Instructors

The librarian is added as an instructor to the course management pages for the course. This will allow the librarian to add library-related links, guides and information to the course pages. If instructors would like, librarians can also participate in discussion boards, share tutorials or send notices on helpful library or information literacy concepts to students at appropriate times during the semester.

The library creates custom Libguides tailored to specific classes upon request. We include relevant databases and other quality sources to help students successfully execute a research assignment, with your course assignments in mind.  If you are interested, please fill out the form at

For Individuals - The Book a Librarian Program  is a good option for any student who would like assistance with a research project. An appointment can be made  to work one on one with a librarian to locate appropriate databases, develop research questions, narrow results, and choose and cite quality sources. If you know of a student who is struggling or working on a thesis, please encourage them to contact us for a Book a Librarian appointment.