To help students achieve academic success, the library offers basic and advanced instruction in research sources and methods.
Learning to gather, evaluate, and apply information establishes a pattern for successful lifelong learning. We recommend that students develop basic research and information literacy skills early in their careers at UNL. When students need to learn more discipline-specific skills as upper level undergraduates and graduate students, they can build on that basic knowledge.
Each academic department has a Subject Librarian, who does most of the library instruction for that department, has expertise in research sources and methods, and is knowledgeable about library services, policies, and collections. In consultation with faculty, Subject Librarians develop instruction sessions that achieve course and information literacy goals. Common goals are:
- Introducing students to the library buildings, website, resources and services
- Teaching the skills students need to complete specific research assignments
- Teaching basic research and information literacy skills
- Teaching advanced discipline-specific research and information literacy skills
- Teaching students to select, access, evaluate, and cite resources
- Talking with Subject Librarians about building library and research assignments that address information literacy standards and your goals for the course
- Checking with Subject Librarians to make sure that assignments are up-to-date with our rapidly changing services and collections
- Discussing your specific goals and expectations for library sessions with the instructor
- Using Introduction to Majors classes to begin instruction in advanced discipline-specific research and information literacy skills
- Combining classroom instruction with online Subject & Course Guides
- Linking specific Subject & Course Guides to your Blackboard site
- Encouraging your students to consult with Subject Librarians or ask for research help using the Libraries many Ask a Question services
For more on information literacy standards, go to http://unl.libguides.com/infolit
In the Classroom
Your class can come to the Libraries or librarians can visit your classroom. Space available for instruction in the Libraries depends on the branch. Love Library has a lecture room with an instructor's workstation; Love Library and CYT Library have instruction rooms with multiple student workstations. In smaller branches, instruction may take place in public computer areas. Since demand is heavy, the instruction rooms are available only for librarian instruction conducted by library staff.
UNL Classes and Groups
For basic or advanced instruction for other classes, contact the Subject Librarian for your area.
You are welcome to bring classes to library public computer areas for group work sessions. While we cannot guarantee that a public computer will be available for each student, we will do our best to accommodate your classes. Some students may need to use their laptops.
To help us prepare, please notify us in advance of class visits. For Love Library, contact Sue Leach firstname.lastname@example.org 402-472-0703 or Toni Anaya, email@example.com 402-472-4199. For other branches, contact the Subject Librarian for your area.
Library staff will be happy to assist the students.
High School Classes
Visit the "High School Users Program" page for more information.
Local College and Community College Classes
Teachers at local colleges and community colleges may arrange for class instruction in using research sources available at the University Libraries.
For basic instruction for basic composition courses, contact Sue Leach firstname.lastname@example.org 402-472-0703.
For basic or advanced instruction for other classes, contact the Subject Librarian for the discipline.
Subject & Course Guides
Online Subject & Course Guides are developed by UNL Subject Librarians. They are designed to guide students in research sources and methods. Many focus on specific disciplines, subjects, and courses. A Faculty Toolkit section provides information on topics such as information literacy standards and using library resources effectively in Blackboard.
- Go to http://unl.libguides.com to view the Guides currently available
- Refer your students to Guides
- Link Guides to your course Blackboard site
- Contact the Subject Librarian to request custom Guides
The Colleges of Fine & Performing Arts, Journalism and Mass Communications, Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, and parts of Education & Human Sciences require that their students take the online, 5-week, self-directed course before graduation. Other students choose to take it to learn basic skills or to add a one credit course. It is one way to help ensure that students acquire a standard and basic level of knowledge and skills.