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Library Instruction

Request Library Instruction

If you are a UW-Green Bay instructor and wish to schedule classroom or online library instruction, please fill out the following form. We will be in touch with you shortly.

Why schedule library instruction?

You may think that library instruction is something only for freshmen and College Writing courses or that "digital natives" already know how to do research. However, in a 2016 study released by Stanford History Education Group, researchers found a consistent, “dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the Internet" from middle school to college. Library instruction encourages students to think critically and understand the complexity of research in today's rapidly changing information landscape.

What do librarians teach?

Librarians teach information literacy concepts for academic and everyday use as a means of empowering the university community to be reflective users and creators of information. Our instruction goals align with the Institutional Learning Outcomes. Examples of common library instruction topics include:

  • Developing a strategic research process
  • Evaluating all types of information for currency, accuracy, authority, and bias
  • Searching Cofrin Library resources and other sources of information
  • Using citations and avoiding plagiarism

What is information literacy?

Following the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education definition, “information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing 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.”

Information Literacy Assessment

Since Spring 2016, the Research & Outreach Services team has collected library instruction data in the form of the 3-2-1 Assessment. The 2017 report is currently available on the Assessment at UW-Green Bay page.

Schneider National Foundation Library Research Lab

The Schneider National Foundation Library Research Lab (CL 304, Cofrin Library, Green Bay campus) contains 18 student PCs, one instructor PC, two projectors, and a Sharp Aquos Display board. The room can comfortably seat 24-35 students.

  1. The Schneider National Foundation Library Research Lab (CL 304) is for library-related instruction.
  2. When CL 304 is not being used for library-related instruction, it is open as a general access lab.
  3. Generally, CL 304 will not be reserved for special interest groups who do not require library instruction; this includes staff or committee meetings, seminars, and training sessions. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis and preference will be given to UW-Green Bay classes that need access to computers for research purposes.

A daily schedule is posted outside of CL 304.

Contact the Research Desk to reserve CL 304 for a purpose other than library instruction. Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Before requesting CL 304, please contact the IT Help Desk to check availability of general teaching labs.
  • CL 304 cannot be reserved for general classroom or meeting space: you must have a computing need to reserve this room.
  • CL 304 will only be reserved up to four business days in advance. If you need to schedule a lab further than four days in advance, contact the IT Help Desk to check lab availability.
  • We recommend that you arrive a few minutes early to clear the room of students using CL 304.

Effective October 1997, revised July 2002, revised July 2010, revised October 2014