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Library Instruction and Information Literacy: What We Offer

Guide to Library Instruction services for USC Upstate faculty.

Types of Course Support

Although we still teach many traditional full-period instruction sessions, we have a variety of ways to support your course:

Full-Period Library Instruction Sessions - Taught in one of our computer labs, our full-period instruction sessions focus on research skills and resources pertaining to a class assignment. The librarian will consult with you about the goals of the session. In many sessions, students are given some time to practice the skills taught and to begin looking for sources. If you teach in a smart classroom or have more than 36 students, the librarian may be able to teach the session in your classroom.

Partial Period - Ever want a librarian to show just one or two resources and not take an entire period? A librarian can visit your classroom if you have an Internet connection and give a brief demonstration. Or present any other library research-related topic you may ask for!

Librarian-Assisted Work Period - Sometimes you need less instruction about using library resources and more guidance for students as they actually try and find sources. A librarian-assisted work period may be for you! The librarian will give little or no formal instruction, but will work with you in helping students find the sources they need, giving individual attention where required. Librarian-Assisted Work Periods may be used on their own or as a follow-up to a full-period instruction session.

Online Course Support - Just becacuse your course is online doesn't mean that you have to forego library instruction support! We have six librarians certified to teach online, and we are ready to assist you,  providing dynamic Library Guides pulling together library resources and instructional videos, collaborating with you in designing online research assignments or course modules, or participating in online blogs and discussion lists!

Research Consultation - Another alternative to the traditional full-period library session, especially if many of your students have had several library sessions, is to require an individual research consultation. Plan carefully with your liaison librarian to determine how best to prepare students for a research consultation.

When to Include a Library Instruction Session in Your Course


If your students need to use library resources, including subscription databases, to complete class assignments, you should consider library instruction.The type and depth of instruction may vary according to the needs of you and your students. Consider the following:

  • Library instruction is usually most effective when linked to a specific class assignment.
  • The best time to schedule a session is usually after students have selected topics and perhaps even completed some background reading.
  • Consider what instruction your students may already have had and the type of session that will best suit their needs.
  • While basic library orientation and research skills are covered by our First-Year Information Literacy Program with University 101, English 101, and English 102, students completing this program will generally not have received discipline-specific training, advanced research skills and strategies, or information on specialized databases.
  • If your students need a basic orientation to the library or a quick "how to" on basic library resources, consider assigning the Library Video Tour or How-To Videos linked to the Library Home Page.

Your liaison librarian or the Coordinator of Library Instruction would be happy to discuss your needs and options.


We have designed several tutorials offered through our Literati by Credo platform. To assign any of these, direct students to enter your email address so that you will receive their completed work.