You can request instruction by filling out the Library Instruction Request form. If you have any questions you would like to discuss before submitting, feel free to contact Faith Rusk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-274-6116.
Library instruction requests should be completed at least 2 weeks before the date of the first class. This will allow us enough time to work with you to develop lesson plans and outlines to best serve your individual class or assignment needs.
A librarian will contact you to confirm you instruction session within 2-3 days of your request. Only submit one request for multiple sections of the same course, but submit different requests for different courses.
The Learning Resources Division provides information literacy instruction, to support students in their academic careers, and as lifelong learners. The program seeks to develop students’ competence to access, evaluate, and effectively use electronic and print resources to acquire information.
The goal of the Information Literacy Instruction Program is to support students and faculty in information literacy education. Information literacy is the defined as the ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."  LRD instruction ranges from basic to advanced, and is intended to be built upon throughout a student’s academic career.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes are adpated from the AACU Value Rubric for Information Literacy.
Instruction is designed to be hands on. Students will participate in active learning activities and work in groups to gain knowledge and develop strategies. Students will have access to all learning materials after the instruction session.
 Association of College and Research Libraries. (1989). Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/acrl/publications/whitepapers/presidential
The Learning Resources Division (LRD) is committed to supporting student learning. We recognize that each course is different, so we offer different models for instruction from which you can choose based on your class structure, assignments, and needs. Each model includes a demonstration of the library website and UDC resources, as well as active learning activities on your choice of information literacy issues (described below). A library guide can also be requested for the course.
Research shows that library instruction is most effective when paired with an assignment. Please keep your assignments in mind when considering your choice of model, your chosen information literacy activities, and the timing of the session. If you would like assistance in creating assignments that incorporate information literacy skills, please contact Faith Rusk at email@example.com.
Instructional Format Options:
1. In-Person Instruction (single or multiple sessions)
2. Flipped Classroom (single or multiple sessions)
3. Entirely Online/Homework
4. Embedded Librarian
If there is an instruction model you do not see here, but would like to have offered, please email Faith Rusk at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Individual Sessions for Students and Faculty
To discuss or schedule one of these services, please email Faith Rusk at email@example.com.
Sample Lesson Plans
Below you will find several different sample lesson plans. These are not prescriptions, and won't be directly applied to any one course, but rather examples of some of the different ways instruction can be structured and approached. If you have questions about any of the sample lesson plans, or something you'd like covered in library instruction, email Faith Rusk at firstname.lastname@example.org.