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Faculty Resources: Home

Resources for faculty on databases, print and e-collections, instruction, research, citation management, digital objects, and library services.

Getting Started with the Library

Information literacy is the basis of lifelong learning and is directly tied to critical thinking.

Incorporating information literacy objectives into your research assignments allows students to develop their critical thinking skills and increase comprehension of course content

Additionally, The Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (2016) includes essential questions, learning dispositions and concepts, and relationships to information, research, and scholarship, that address more comprehensive and transformational educational experiences. These frames include:

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual

  • Information Creation as a Process

  • Information Has Value

  • Research as Inquiry

  • Scholarship as Conversation

  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

On many of our research guides, you will see these frames with additional information on how to incorporate these concepts into your curriculum, alternative assignments, and outcomes/assessments that will lead to deeper understanding of information use, creation, and dissemination.

Here's an example:

More information on these standards and frameworks can be provided through your liaison librarian, the PALNI website, or by contacting Rhonda Huisman, Director of University Library Services (

Instruction and Assessment

To set up an instruction session:

1. Call, email, or stop by the library

2. Connect with a librarian to review curriculum, assignment outcomes, goals, and timeframe.

3. Follow-up (assessment), or additional instruction, one-on-one, or other interaction with students.

For videos, tutorials, assignments, resources, or facilities, please give at least one week notice.

Embed in Canvas

Librarians can provide course-integrated instruction that helps students systematically approach new topics and become familiar with discipline-specific tools, offered in-person or virtually. In-person instruction takes place in the classroom and allows the librarian to tailor the lesson to the needs of your students. Virtual instruction can be provided asynchronously by way of instructional videos, lectures, or online tutorials or synchronously using Canvas discussion boards or video conferencing.

Steps to Embedding Your Librarian in Canvas:

1. Consult with a CITL staff member for setup and questions on customizing your course

2. Contact your librarian by email, phone, or stop by!

3. Determine how to best utilize the librarian through instruction, assignment creation, resources, assessment.