Library Services for Faculty: Library Instruction

How to order books, how to put items on reserve, how to schedule a library workshop for your course and more!

Librarians Provide Instruction

Reference librarians work with faculty members to design workshops and assignments that teach students both general research skills and those appropriate to the work of specific courses or disciplines. Reference librarians liaise with academic departments and collaborate with faculty to implement curriculum to support Knox's information literacy competency. Information Literacy standards provide the framework for library instruction at Knox College. 

Librarian Liaisons

Sharon Clayton TBD Laurie Sauer Sam Watson
(309) 341-7249 (309) 341-7245 (309) 341-7788 (309) 341-7432
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • English
  • Music
  • Anthropology & Sociology
  • Art & Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Journalism
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sports Studies
  • Africana Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Biology
  • Educational Studies
  • Gender & Women's Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre & Dance 

Services

The librarian-liaison can provide the following services.

Customized Instructional Sessions. Librarians work with faculty to develop effective sessions for instructing students in the specific skills needed for a course assignments. Sessions are interactive and provide hands-on practice time for students. Sessions should be scheduled during regular class periods with instructors present and participating.

Assignment Design Assistance. Librarians can also assist in developing assignments that effectively incorporate information literacy skill development. Faculty bring to the table a high level of subject expertise and experience with student work -- librarians can provide expertise on information resources and our experience working with students.

Assessment. Librarians can develop exercises to be completed by students in a course to assess particular information literacy or research skills, and, when appropriate , the librarian can also grade or evaluate those exercises.

Customized Instructional Materials. Librarians can develop print or web handouts customized to your assignments and the resources you want your students to be aware of and use. Some examples include:

  • List of available resources by topic
  • Instructions for effectively searching a database
  • Web pages with links to resources
  • Instructions for individual research tasks (e.g., how to find book reviews, how to properly cite sources)