Bibliographic Instruction

  • Use this form to request a BI session for your class or to request individual instruction.

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

    Because instructional space within the library and teaching equipment must be reserved, faculty members who anticipate incorporating BI into their curriculum are encouraged to reserve session dates early in the semester to ensure that instruction will coincide with the time students are working on assignments. The minimum lead-time required to schedule and prepare for a BI session is usually one week, based on room availability. Faculty members are kindly asked to remain with their students during the BI sessions.

    Bibliographic Instruction sessions are taught during the summer. However, not all librarians have the same work schedule during summer sessions. Faculty members are advised to check with the Bibliographic Instruction librarian late in the spring semester or early in the summer if they desire BI for the summer. Faculty can always call the reference desk (7-3006) to confirm or get help in scheduling a class.

    Individual tours may be requested by any IUP student, staff, or faculty member for basic instruction on PILOT, the library’s on-line catalog, as well as on any of the library’s computerized 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 (7-3006) to inquire about these services or e-mail Chris Clouser at