Instruction Services

Instruction Program's Purpose Statement


We design and deliver learning experiences to integrate information and other literacies into the curriculum. These practices support the success of our increasingly diverse student body, the UO community, and broader public.


As library educators, we are committed to teaching in ways that are inclusive, engaged, and research informed. We are a teaching community that cares for each other’s growth. We leverage our partnerships on campus to be more effective.


We promote respect for the scholarly process and the responsible, critical use of information, rooted in our professional standards. We value evidence-based change, driven by curiosity, research, and willingness to experiment to develop our teaching and learning.

Information and Related Literacies

At UO Libraries we define Information Literacy (IL) as:

A set of practices that empowers people to critically, effectively, and ethically use and create information to engage with the world personally, professionally, and civically in support of educational goals and to foster continuous learning.

Learn more about Information Literacy and UO Libraries Learning Outcomes.

How do I request Library Instruction?

We would be glad to discuss remote, online, and in-person teaching and learning opportunities with you!

First-Year and Lower-Division

Course-Integrated Instruction (including Law) & Workshops

Note: You can also add your Librarian to Canvas using the new Librarian role!

What does collaborating with a Librarian look like?

Your Subject Specialist Librarian can work with you to develop dynamic learning experiences to incorporate the UO Libraries Learing Outcomes into your courses. Librarians are trained in instruction and can consult with disciplinary faculty on course design, assignment design, as well as providing one-shot or embedded instruction services, both online and in the classroom. We strive for teaching excellence and look forward to working with you towards the success of our students!

Librarians can:

  • Lead targeted IL instruction for your classes in-person or online, in the library or in your classroom
  • Consult with you on assignment design to scaffold in appropriate IL outcomes
  • Partner with you to review submitted student work, particularly cited sources, annotated bibliographies, etc.
  • Create subject and course-specific research guides to point your students to appropriate resources
  • Add assessment quizzes for library tutorials to your Canvas course site
  • Meet with your students individually or in small groups for research consultations
  • And much more!

Library Instruction Session Topic Examples

  • Overview of relevant library resources
  • Defining and narrowing a research topic
  • Developing effective search strategies
  • Finding books
  • Finding journal articles & peer review
  • Finding high quality Internet resources
  • Critical evaluation of resources
  • Citing sources & plagiarism
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Special Collections materials
  • Specialized resources
    such as GIS, data management, bibliographic management software (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)

Questions? Please contact Nancy Cunningham.