At PLU, library instruction is designed as a collaborative process between librarians and teaching faculty that creates meaningful learning experiences, aligns with learning outcomes and course goals, and is connected to coursework or a specific assignment in order to enhance student learning.

What is library instruction?

Library instruction focuses on empowering students to develop not just skills, but habits of mind, such as critical inquiry, that will transfer across courses and different contexts. Librarians employ a variety of pedagogical practices in the classroom, such as student-centered teaching and active learning while creating inclusive and engaging learning opportunities for PLU students. Librarians encourage critical engagement in a workshop setting, where students draw from their lived experiences, apply previous knowledge to explore their own research interests both in and beyond the classroom, and think critically about a complex process.


How can library instruction enhance student learning?

The research process is often “messy” by nature, which means that library instruction will look different from one classroom to the next. Depending on the goals of each course, one class might focus on evaluating sources, another might explore scholarship as a conversation, and another might use archival materials to make connections between the past and the present. Although teaching the entire research process may not be possible in a single session, through careful planning, library instruction can still meet the immediate needs of students while helping students develop habits and strategies that contribute to lifelong learning practices.


How can I collaborate with PLU librarians?

To achieve the goals mentioned above, instruction sessions are scheduled to meet students at their point of need, and librarians can work with faculty to determine appropriate timing for library instruction. The PLU Librarians also have experience in instructional design and can work with you to integrate library instruction into your course and develop research projects and assignments that align with institutional learning outcomes and the goals of your course.


How do I arrange library instruction?

If you are interested in arranging library instruction for your course, you can either contact the liaison librarian for your discipline or complete the instruction request form to begin the conversation.

The librarians also value working with community partners, such as those in area K-12 schools. If you would like to visit the library and work with us, please contact Roberto Arteaga.