What Does Library Instruction Bring to Your Classroom?

The library’s instruction program enables students to develop critical thinking and research skills, the ability to evaluate and manage information, to understand legal and ethical uses of information, and gain fundamental knowledge of information resources.  The University of Michigan and the Higher Learning Commission (NCA Accreditation) expect that upon graduation, students will have developed the capacity and skills to:

  • Comprehend, apply, and synthesize information
  • Sift through massive amounts of information in order to discover or create new or better understandings of ourselves and the world 
  • Understand the concept of responsible use of knowledge
  • Possess the capacity for lifelong learning

Below are comments from UM instructors who have recently partnered with the library on research instruction.  Use this link to request a session for your class.

“After each session, I see students empowered by their new arsenal of resources, and I feel more prepared as an instructor since the sessions keep me updated on the latest resources.”
--Edward Timke, Instructor and PhD candidate, Communication Studies
“I can’t say enough about how much my students’ papers improved as a result of having a library instructional session on basic research skills.”
--Ruth McAdams, Instructor and PhD candidate, Department of English Language and Literature
“I’ve had wonderful support from lots of librarians, all so generous and so very good at what they do. They’ve developed research guides for my classes, done sessions on discovery, selected items from the collection for students to examine, and worked with students on projects. I routinely set up library sessions of one kind or another for my courses, because it's a partnership that has a lot of benefits for the students.”
--June Howard, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of English Language and Literature, Professor of American Culture Program, and Professor of Women’s Studies
“Each and every instructional session has been invaluable. I’ve seen my students’ writing improve dramatically as a result, and I wouldn’t now teach a class without including a visit to the library.
--Joseph Horton, Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature
“The students and I learned a lot and they are now very enthusiastic about diving into serious research.”
--Kevin Carr, Associate Professor of History of Art and Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
“Phil [Hallman] is always there to help with our teaching, hunting down films, assisting with clips, making suggestions; he guides our students on their assignments and encourages their passion for film, TV, and digital culture. His commitment is 24/7, and sometimes I wonder if he sleeps.”
--Caryl Flinn, Professor of Screen Arts & Cultures
“It would be too small to say that my classes have benefited from collaborating with the research librarians; in fact their ideas have transformed my classes and improved my entire approach to teaching.”
--George Hoffman, Associate Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
“Integrating a library instructional session into my classes this past year has been one of the most successful and productive elements of those classes.”
--Michèle Hannoosh, Professor of French, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


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