Library instruction sessions introduce students to a variety of information sources, effective strategies for conducting research, and the ethical use of information. 

Librarians have found that the best sessions come from collaborative planning and communication with the course instructor. We do require that all instructors attend sessions with their students to increase classroom engagement and ensure that students have clarity about course and assignment expectations. Experience also shows that students get the most out of library instructions sessions when they have a research assignment to work on, so please schedule a date after students have been introduced to their assignment.

For general library sessions, we request at least two weeks notice to your preferred session date. Requests made within two weeks of the preferred session date may not be able to be accommodated. Confirmation of requested times depends on staff and space availability.

For sessions using physical collections (including Special Collections and University Archives materials and collections), we require instructors to work with the teaching librarian to agree upon a class agenda at least three weeks ahead of the scheduled instruction session. Please submit requests more than three weeks in advance of the preferred session date to have this in-person or phone meeting.

All library instruction sessions take place in Library classrooms (Rivera 138, 140, or 403; Orbach 122, 240, or G73). 

Sessions are most effective when:

  • Library instruction sessions correlate with specific course assignments.
  • Syllabi and assignment information are submitted with the instruction request.
  • Students are familiar with the assignment and have topics pre-selected.

For sessions using Special Collections & University Archives materials:

  • All care and handling guidelines will be covered in the session.
  • Please ask students to log on to the Special Collections Request System ahead of the session to create an account (UCR students and affiliates: use NetID and password).
  • Have students bring a pencil and a camera (a cellphone is fine).
  • Finish all food, drinks, and gum before class starts.