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Library and Information Literacy Instruction

Course-Related Library Instruction

The Library offers customized sessions for OU courses. These sessions focus on resources and skills needed to conduct research in the discipline. The librarian will consult with the course instructor to address specific assignments and/or student research needs. Examples of topics covered in library instruction sessions include the following:

  • introduction to library services and collections
  • instruction in using the online catalog to find books and other materials owned by KL
  • the use of online databases to find journal articles
  • the use of specialized reference books and other library materials
  • methods of searching the Internet for reliable and accurate web sites
  • techniques for evaluating sources

Instruction session usually include hands-on time for students to begin researching in demonstrated databases. The librarian can also create a course page for your students that links to subject-specific databases, online reference material, course handouts, related websites, etc.

Library instruction sessions can be held in a library instructional lab or in the regular classroom for larger groups.

To request a session, faculty members can submit a Library Instruction Request Form or contact the Coordinator of Information Literacy.

Research Consultations

As part of our instructional mission, we offer one-on-one research consultations for OU students, faculty, and staff. During an RC a librarian can help you define a research topic, teach you how to find resources for a class assignment, give you in-depth database guidance, and more.

Walk-in RCs are available between Noon and 2pm, Monday-Thursday. Stop at the Reference Desk for assistance.

RCs are also available at other times of the day on an appointment basis. To schedule a research consultation, please check the Research Consultation Scheduler.

WRT 160 Course-Integrated Instruction

The library faculty partner with faculty in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric to offer course-integrated information literacy instruction to every section of WRT 160. Content is offered partially online via Moodle, in addition to face-to-face instruction time with a librarian.

For the current semester's WRT 160 Library Instruction schedule, please click here.

LIB 250

Kresge Library offers a fully-online 4-credit course, LIB 250: Introduction to Library Research and Technology in the Information Age. This course is taught by a library faculty member during fall semester. Details about LIB 250 are available on the course information page.

Check the Schedule of Classes in SAIL for registration details!

Library Tours

Tours are designed to familiarize the users with the overall arrangement of the library and do not include instruction in the use of the online catalog, article databases or other library resources. Visiting groups, please read the OU policy for visits from non-university groups.

Contact Information

Beth Kraemer
Associate Professor & Coordinator of Information Literacy
Email: kraemer@oakland.edu
Phone: 248.370.487

Quick Links

Library Instruction Request Form (OU faculty only)

Research Consultation Scheduler (OU students, faculty, and staff)

Scheduling a Library Instruction Session

When requesting a library instruction session, please provide as much advance notice as possible to ensure that a library faculty member is available to work with your class (visiting groups, please read the OU policy for visits from non-university groups).

Here are some tips to make your session a success:

  • Please request instruction for a time in the semester when your students are ready to do research. Library skills are best acquired when immediately needed for a graded assignment.
  • Attendance by the instructor is welcomed and encouraged.
  • Arriving on time is not only a courtesy to the library instructor; it is often necessary to ensure proper coverage of the material.

Identifying Resources for Your Class

Considering a library assignment for your class? We encourage you to contact us first! The librarians can help you create interactive and interesting exercises and/or verify that the library has access to desired materials for your course. We can help you select relevant print, online, or web resources and can even build a course page for your students' reference.

Contact your librarian liaison for assistance!

Library Instructional Labs

The library has three information literacy instruction labs. Two of them--KL222 and KL225A--are equipped with 24-25 student computer workstations and an instructor's station. Vision control software enables the instructor to maintain control of the student monitors for online demonstrations and instruction, and then to then turn control of the students' computers over to them for practice. The third room--KL225B--has projection capability, an instructor workstation and table/chair seating for up to 38 students. 

For the first two months of every fall and winter semester, the library instructional labs (rooms 225A, 225B, and 222) are not available for non-library reservations.  The labs are used exclusively for library instruction during these times. For the complete lab reservation policy, please click here.


Created on 12/12/07 by Beth Kraemer / Last updated on 1/7/13 by Beth Kraemer
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