Librarians at the Thompson Library are happy to provide instruction on using library resources to your students. We can:
Part of our professional standards include the Association of College & Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which we include in our instruction sessions and embed in our Research Process Guide. The Framework is not library specific and we encourage all faculty and instructors to use its core concepts in your classes.
The six frames of the Framework are
To request an instruction session please fill out the online form below, or you can contact your Liz Svoboda, Instruction and Outreach Librarian.
The Thompson Library has created a range of video tutorials on library resources and services. Most are available through both our YouTube channel and through Canvas / Kaltura's My Media or the Shared Repository.
To request a video to be made, please fill out the instruction request form to begin the process of video creation.
The library has published two OER modules in Canvas Commons for instructors to import into their classes: Avoiding Plagiarism and Introduction to Searching UM-Flint Library Resources.
Please see our guide on how you can integrate the library into Canvas courses for information about the modules and instructions on how to import them.
The library's subject guides are discipline specific webpages of library resources, but if they don't fit the needs of your individual class, the librarians can make a guide just for you. Course guides can be organized many ways, including by assignment, theme, or just a quick road map for resources (and not just library databases) that are important for your students to use. These guides also typically have more context about how to use the resources because they are tied more closely to a class.
Course guides can also be integrated into your Canvas class's navigation. Please see our page on Integrating the Library into Canvas Courses.
Take a look at some examples of guide that we've created in the past, and if you are interested in having the library create one, contact Liz Svoboda (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Except for campus tours for visitors or incoming students, library orientations or instruction sessions involving groups are to be conducted only by the Thompson Library faculty or designated staff, or by UM-Flint departmental faculty or staff members in co-operation with the librarians. These sessions are to be confined to classes conducted under UM-Flint auspices, to classes from area schools, and to those with recognizable professional interest in aspects of the library.
Exceptions to this rule:
To arrange an orientation or research instruction session for a class, instructors should contact one of the research instruction librarians or the liaison librarian for their department.
Rationale: Instruction in library use is, above all other aspects of their positions, the prime responsibility of the librarians, who are most familiar with the collection and how to use it.
Because library group tours can be disruptive to students using and studying in the library, we must generally limit these sessions to groups whose payment of tuition and fees to the University provides them a basis for demanding the fullest possible library service.
Enacted 5/1983, Revised 4/2001, Revised 9/2005, Revised 9/2006