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 and creators 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.
All instruction options are available for both traditional (face-to-face) and virtual classroom settings. Our instruction team aims to tailor all library research sessions to instructor and student needs.
Structured classroom session(s) as requested by instructors/professors are 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:
Individual conferences to discuss research & information needs with a librarian. Especially helpful for major research projects, theses, and dissertations.
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.