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Library Guide for ENGL 101 Instructors: Planning for Library Instruction

Resources to help you integrate information literacy and library resources into your ENGL 101 courses.

Instruction Requests & Preparation

Submit Request for Library Instruction
Request Form for ENGL 101 Library Instruction
Please allow at least one week's notice when scheduling a class. In order to receive priority scheduling, it is recommended that your request be submitted by the end of the first week of the semester. When scheduling multiple sessions, please fill out a separate form for each. Please provide a description of the assignment that students will be working towards during their library session. If you would like to work with a specific librarian, please don't hesitate to ask!

After Submitting the Request
Once the request has been received, your classes will be scheduled. You will receive an email confirmation with location and date of scheduled library sessions. The librarian you will be working with should contact you soon afterwards. If you have not heard anything from the librarian within 5 business days of submitting your request, please contact Erica England (erica.england@wsu.edu or 509.335.8950).

Preparing Your Class for Library Sessions
Library anxiety is a very real and common thing for students. The most successful library sessions are the ones that are paired with upcoming research assignments so that students are able to succeed at locating, evaluating, and using relevant sources. When students are successful during library instruction and find materials directly related to an assignment, they are more likely to return and overcome their anxiety.

  • The week before your scheduled library instruction, make sure you introduce the assignment, and have your students to begin exploring topics.
  • Plan activities or homework assignments that can be used to prepare students.
  • Make sure your students understand the expectations of the assignment (e.g. number and types of sources).
  • Establish how Chapter 7: Doing Research connects to the skills that will be gained in library instruction. 
  • Plan to attend the session with your class and participate. Students benefit when instructors take an active role in the library instruction session. Remember, you know what discussions your classes are having -- if it relates, remind them how it ties back to previous discussion or the assignment.
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