Services

Program Overview

The Memorial Library Instruction Program is committed to collaboration with faculty, instructional staff, campus administrators, and students to help develop information literacy skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for people to become efficient, effective users and producers of information. Not only is this critical set of skills essential for students' success in academic work but also for their preparation for professional careers in an ever-changing, global environment and a lifetime of learning.

Our Vision

Information is fundamental, liberating, engaging, and energizing. The Memorial Library Instruction Program is at the foundation of the University's pursuit of learning and creation of knowledge. We engage and energize the University community as it discovers information and its importance. We believe in the power of information and the value of information literacy for lifelong learning. We provide a premier example of collaboration, integration, and enthusiasm. We achieve the highest standards of excellence, quality, and professionalism.

Contact Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form for more information.

Comm Req B

In collaboration with faculty and instructors, we offer library and information literacy instruction support for Communication Requirement B courses in humanities and social sciences disciplines. We can provide workshops, develop custom Web sites, and create handouts. We also can assist in the design of library research assignments. Workshops can be held in the library or in a location of your choosing.

For more information and general guidelines regarding all that we can do for your Communication Requirement B course, please visit Library Instruction Undergraduate Communication Requirement Overview. While we ask that you contact us two weeks in advance, we will try to accommodate you in all cases. We look forward to working with you and your students.

To schedule a Memorial Library workshop, please contact your subject liaison or Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form.

Tailored Workshops

We can provide tailored workshops or tours that support your curriculum, class, or group including departments, programs, organizations, schools, and any groups that need to learn about and use Memorial Library resources. We encourage collaborative efforts between faculty, instructional staff, and librarians and will make efforts to accommodate groups of all sizes. Workshop topics may include research strategies, finding books and articles, critical evaluation and selection of resources, library services, and more. Most workshops have hands-on computer time, so student can immediately practice and receive feedback and guidance from librarians. Sessions are most effective when tied closely to an assignment requiring library research. Workshops can be held in the library or in a location of your choosing.

For more information and general guidelines about library instruction sessions, please visit Instructional Services. While we ask that you contact us two weeks in advance, we will try to accommodate you in all cases. We look forward to working with you and your students.

To schedule a Memorial Library workshop, please contact your subject liaison or Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form.

Custom Web Sites

For timetable courses, we can create custom Web sites, or Library Course Pages, adapted to the course's topic and assignments. Library Course Pages may be provided in conjunction with a workshop or may be requested independently. Pages include links to research tools such as the library catalog, journal databases, and Web sites as well as tips and techniques for making library research faster and more efficient.

Students are able to access Library Course Pages through the MyUW portal under course listings along with course reserves and from within Learn@UW.

For more information and general guidelines regarding Library Course Pages, please visit Library Course Pages. For more information on how students can access Library Course Pages, please visit the guide for students.

If you would like to discuss instruction options, including Library Course Pages, please contact your subject liaison or Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form.

Assignment Consultations

We can work in collaboration with faculty and instructional staff to design appropriate assignments that will meet course goals and objectives. We can help you by providing a list of useful sources or types of sources and by verifying whether particular sources you have in mind are available in the UW Libraries. We can also make you and your students aware of any new resources relevant and useful to the course and assignments. For suggestions and guidelines regarding the development of a well-designed library research assignments, please visit Designing an Assignment.

If you would like to consult with a Memorial Library teaching librarian, please contact your subject liaison or Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form.

Appointments for Individuals

Individuals and groups may request an appointment with a librarian for specific in-depth help on using library resources. They may also request an appointment for a workshop or tour. Depending on need, appointments generally last from 30 minutes to an hour and can be scheduled either in Memorial Library or at an outside location convenient for you.

For a general overview of commonly-used library resources and services, such as MadCat or RefWorks, we offer free workshops throughout the semester. Please see our schedule for more details.

Examples of when an appointment would be useful are:
  • You have a specific class assignment and you are having trouble finding journal articles or books for your topic.
  • You are beginning work on a new research project or a dissertation/thesis and would like help in selecting and using library resources specific to your area of research.
  • You have attended a basic workshop on a library resource, such as MadCat, and have a specific search problem not covered in the class.
  • You are unable to make any of the scheduled workshops and would like help with using library resources.
If you or your group would like to make an appointment, please contact your subject liaison or Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form.

Free Workshops and Tours

Workshops and tours help you learn how to find what you need quickly and efficiently. They will help you save time when deadlines for papers and projects approach.

Workshops are offered throughout the semester. They are free and do not require prior registration. Most include hands-on practice.

Tours of Memorial Library are offered at the start of semesters. Tours are free and do not require prior registration.

For more information about workshops and tours, see schedule.

Beyond Memorial, many campuses libraries provide workshops and tours. For a complete listing, visit Workshops, Classes and Tours.

If these times are not convenient for you, individual or small group sessions are available upon request. See Appointments for Individuals.

If you or your group would like to make arrangements for a custom workshop or tour, please contact your subject liaison or Steven Baumgart, the Memorial Library Instruction Coordinator, by our form.