Our goal is to teach students and other university-affiliated patrons to become independent users of information. We teach the knowledge, concepts, and skills to be successful analytical scholars as well as critical consumers of information beyond their college years. We work to integrate meaningful information literacy learning across the University of Memphis community. We provide classroom, online, and one-on-one instruction which promotes information-literate behavior practices and supports students in their information-seeking needs. We work with and for all patrons: first-year learner, nontraditional students, students across disciplines and in interdisciplinary studies, UofM Global students, graduate students, PhD candidates, teaching faculty, researchers, and community members. Our instructional philosophy is grounded in ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. Curriculum design is informed by many evolving education practices, including (but not limited to) backward design, Universal Design for Learning(UDL), and information evaluation methods and tools such as CRAAP and BEAM.
Structured classroom session(s) as requested by instructors/professors planned using the steps outlined in Instruction Plan. The environment may be face-to-face or online. Library faculty discuss instructor or professor's needs via email, phone, or meeting and then designs a lesson plan tailored to the faculty/students' needs.
Types of Formal instruction include:
Librarians work with instructors teaching online courses to create content using the steps outlined in the Instruction Plan. Content focuses on information literacy learning applied to discipline-specific knowledge. Examples include:
Embedded librarianship via eCourseware- Library presence in online courses including, but not limited to, an Ask the Librarian discussion board, contact information for the library, and links and instruction on library databases and other resources.
The Librarian-created online, interactive tutorials created in LibWizard.
Real-time teaching and consultation via Zoom.
Research assistance via Learning Commons desk, phone, email, chat, or communication within other virtual environments to single user or small group.
Research consultations with varying levels of students and faculty.
Collaboration with faculty on curricular and collections material when directly related to course.
Multidisciplinary and online research guides that can be either subject-specific (academic or otherwise) or course-specific. Check out some of our guides.
Collaborate with faculty on incorporating information literacy framework elements into instruction at any level, in any format (in-person instruction, instructor-led information literacy activities, livestreamed session, online tutorials, etc.). Contact an instruction librarian to collaborate.