Library Instruction

The Library provides instruction on a variety of critical research skills, such as information literacy, maps and GIS, emerging technologies and more! Sound intriguing? Learn more about how the library can support your course and student research skills.

Information Literacy

Our teaching focuses on the competencies required to conduct original research in specific disciplines, including the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. Our teaching emphasizes specific skills required to succeed in modern academic research, as well as the general literacies needed to navigate complicated information landscapes.   

Maps & GIS

Map and GIS instruction focuses on introducing users to the basics of mapping technologies. Work with expert staff to develop integrated course activities such as hands-on tutorials that align nicely with course content. We also offer asynchronous tutorial content for users to learn at their own pace.

Creative & Emerging Technology

Connect with knowledgeable Makerspace staff to collaborate on embeddable experiential learning opportunities for students.  The Makerspace has a wide range of ‘critical making’ technological hardware and software, staff with technical expertise to facilitate in-person or virtual seminars and/or workshops, and long-term faculty equipment loans.  Working with Makerspace staff, faculty can integrate 3D modelling/printing, podcasting, audio/video production, laser cutting, rapid prototyping, and other new and emerging technologies into their curriculum.

Digital Scholarship

Representing a new approach to research that utilizes open tools, stresses collaboration, and develops novel methods, digital scholarship is an emergent idea quickly gaining in popularity. The Digital Scholarship Lab provides support for exploring and teaching in this new area. This can include the development of digital exhibits, collaborating on digital projects, the development of custom datasets, and support for visualization projects. The DSL also offers a comprehensive set of workshops that introduce these tools and methodologies.

Archival Research

The Archives & Special Collections is an excellent place for students to learn the distinctions between primary and secondary source materials and to conduct original research.  Everything needed is here.  We can assist through guest lectures, tours, hosting classes/seminars, and assignment design.

Scholarly Communication

The Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian can collaborate with instructors to develop learning opportunities related to scholarly publishing, open access, research metrics and impact and related topics. Contact Elizabeth Yates, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian, at