Librarians are excited to work with you to ensure that your students are introduced to University-level research.
Here is some basic information about how librarians can work with you.
- Why should I bring my students to the library?
- What information is covered in a library instruction session?
- When should I schedule a library instruction session?
- How much lead time does my librarian need?
- Does the library need to know about specific assignments for my class?
- The library has a set curricula of tutorials  that your students should complete before they attend their instruction session.
Students arrive at Appalachian with varying levels of information literacy  skills. They may not have had exposure to university level research and may be overwhelmed with even basic research tasks (i.e. searching the online catalog, locating books, finding articles). Librarians have the expertise to provide your students instruction in the concepts as well as mechanics of locating, evaluating, and accessing information resources. Bringing your student to the library is a good way to get them off to a good start on the research process.
The First Year Writing Library Instruction Curriculum is designed to address the research assignments that students will be completing in your course. The session will include an overview of the library homepage, introduction to searching the library catalog and databases, and evaluation of information sources.
Student Learning Outcome: Students will select a topic and brainstorm keywords for the topic.
Curriculum: Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of finding and evaluating information sources and documenting them.
Students should complete the following before the library instruction session:
- First Year Writing Tutorial 
- Concept Map Activity
*The First Year Writing Library Instruction Curriculum addresses the Information Literacy Goals  for Appalachian Students, the gateway skills as outlined by the University's Vertical Writing Model  and is alighed with the University's General Education Goals and Outcomes .
Research indicates that students receive the most benefit from library instruction when it is scheduled in conjunction with a research assignment. Students should be aware of their assignment before coming to the library instruction session.
There is a very high demand for library instruction during the fall & spring semesters so the more lead time you can give the better. Scheduling a minimum of two weeks in advance gives your librarian adequate time to:
- Discuss the specific information needs of your students
- Create a lesson plan
- Reserve a library classroom at your preferred time
- Create instructional materials (i.e. handouts, library research guides, etc.)
Yes! It can be frustrating for students when materials are not available. Please allow us to put your materials on reserve  and alert other librarians of requirements and due dates.