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
We have created a number of videos to supplement our in person instruction sessions. Most of our videos have been uploaded to our YouTube channel, but many can also be shared with faculty through the My Media function in Blackboard.
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