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Faculty Resources

Information about course reserves, information literacy instruction, class resources, and other resources for instructors

Frequently Asked Questions - Library Instruction


What is library instruction?

Library instruction is a class session conducted by a librarian to help your students learn how to locate and interact with information in a meaningful way. The goal of library instruction is to nurture students' curiosity and build their awareness of the social and intellectual issues surrounding information. Library instruction is not a library orientation, overview, or tour.

What is information literacy?

The American Library Association defines information literacy as the ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information... Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."

What kinds of classes should get library instruction?

Any kind of class can engage in library instruction, but classes focused on research, writing, or those with a major research project are especially suited to library instruction. If you're interested in library instruction but not sure how it fits into your class, contact a librarian! We'd be happy to discuss how to best integrate library instruction into your class.

How do I schedule library instruction?

To request instruction, fill out an instruction request form.

Spring 2021 Update

For the Spring 2021 semester, the Library is piloting a new form of instruction for classes taught asynchronously. This will include various modules and assignments that are guided by the librarian asynchronously for a more robust learning experience, based on the needs of each individual class.


Asynchronous Instruction

Asynchronous instruction is individualized for each class, based on their unique needs. Potential instruction methods include:

Do's and Don'ts of Library Instruction


Park University Library
8700 NW River Park Drive, Box 61 - Parkville, MO - 64152
Phone: (816) 584-6285
Toll-free: (800) 270-4347