Frequently Asked Questions about Library Instruction
Information literacy sessions are designed to introduce
the resources available at the library and to assist in
the development of research strategies that will enable
users to pursue their research goals or other information
needs. Instruction is offered as personal one-to-one sessions,
library tours or class sessions.
Any UTD student, faculty or staff with a UTD-ID may request
a library tour or an information literacy instruction session.
The reference staff strongly encourages faculty participation
in the information literacy instruction process.
Information literacy instruction is a means for students,
faculty and staff to develop library research skills and
competent information use as a part of lifelong learning.
Information literacy instruction is available at any time
of the year, and may coincide with class projects.
When instruction is requested for your class, a reference
librarian customizes the session to best fit your course
requirements. Included in a general information literacy
instruction session are an overview of the library’s
services and collections, an introduction to resources
including our catalog, a demonstration of periodical indexes,
and printed and electronic resources appropriate to the
topic and level of the class. The session also includes
a discussion of library research skills and search strategies.
Advanced instruction sessions might include conducting
a legislative history, researching a market for a new product,
or a thorough literature review for a thesis or dissertation.
Information Literacy instruction sessions can be taught
in McDermott Library’s Instruction Area during your
regularly scheduled class meeting time. The reference librarians
are also available to hold the session in your classroom
or lecture hall. Live demonstrations of the electronic
resources may be limited by the room’s network connections.
To schedule a Library Instruction session or tour
Contact Loreen Henry at (972)-883-2126 or Stephanie Isham
at (972)-883-2629 or use the
online form to request instruction.
You may also inquire at the Reference Desk in McDermott