Library Instruction/Information Literacy Sessions

  • Any IUP faculty member may request a Library Instruction session. These sessions introduce students to library resources pertinent to the subject matter being taught and/or any course assignments.

    Since our instructional space in the library is limited and heavily used, if you anticipate incorporating library instruction into your courses, we encourage you to reserve session dates early in the semester. This helps in two ways:

    1. We can ensure availability of library classrooms and library faculty to provide instruction; and
    2. You can time the session to coincide with a specific assignment (which we have found greatly improves the retention and relevance of library instruction).

    The minimum lead time required to schedule and prepare for a session is usually one week, based on room availability. Faculty members are kindly asked to remain with their students during the instruction sessions.

    Library Instruction sessions are taught during the summer. However, not all librarians have the same work schedule during summer sessions. Please check with the instruction librarian late in the spring semester or early in the summer if you would like to schedule library instruction sessions during the summer. You can also call the reference desk (724-357-3006) to confirm or get help in scheduling a class.

    Guidelines for Successful Library Instruction

    • Provide your students with a research assignment prior to the library session. When students get to apply the skills they learn in class, they are much more likely to retain the information! Our librarians are happy to work with you prior to class to help develop effective research assignments.
    • Allot the appropriate amount of time to learn information literacy skills in the library. If you are unsure how much time is necessary, consult with one of our librarians or contact Maria Barefoot ( for assistance.
    • We encourage multiple library instruction sessions, since research has suggested that students who have multiple library instruction sessions report higher levels of confidence and greater use of library resources than students who have only a single instruction session.
    • You may be e-mailed learning materials for your students to review either before or after class to help students achieve learning objectives. We love to see grades or points attached to these activities if you are able!

    Instruction Session Request Form

    Library Tours

    Individual tours may be requested by any IUP student, staff, or faculty member for basic instruction on using our Online Catalog or our Article Databases.

    Librarians are also available, by appointment, to assist students with information access and retrieval concerning specific assignments and research projects. Please phone the reference desk (724-357-3006) to inquire about these services, or e-mail our Information Literacy Librarian, Maria Barefoot, at