Our library instruction program for EN102 and EN103 promotes critical thinking and problem solving in today’s information environment. Our librarians strive to partner with you to develop uniquely tailored lesson plans that meet the needs of your students as they grow as writers and engage in the process of research. Below, you will find information about what to do before you bring your class to the library, and some of the other ways that our librarians can partner with you!

Modes of Instruction

In-Person Library Instruction

The University Libraries has dedicated one of our large event rooms for library instruction during COVID-19 pandemic. This room will allow us to schedule in person instruction with enough space for 25 participants. Our other instruction labs each have a capacity of 12. We can also bring in-person library instruction to your normal classroom.

Live Online Library Instruction (e.g. synchronous online)

The options we offer in person can also be translated to a live online session. We have adopted some new tools and resources to make live online sessions active and engaging.

Learning Modules (e.g. asynchronous online)

Our learning modules were developed in conjunction with First-Year Writing and incorporated into the design of EN102 Online. Their purpose is to provide project-relevant introductions to key concepts and skills relating to information literacy, the research process, and using the Libraries’ services and resources.

Library Instruction Workshops

Some students who are enrolled in online classes live locally and still have access to campus. Many students have indicated that they find it easier to learn when instruction is presented in person. We are offering basic information literacy workshop series based on the five lesson plans that we offer to first year writing students. Library Instruction Workshops are an alternative to library instruction that is scheduled for your class and will be scheduled by the library. We will provide information to you to share with your students. Please contact Sara Whitver for more information (

For more information on how the University Libraries can help with your composition courses, see the Library Guide for EN102/103/104 Instructors.

Accessibility Statement

At this point, you are probably not aware of any specific accessibility needs that your students have. But before you come to the library you probably will. The accommodations that your students are given in your class (especially if they are from the Office of Disability Services) ideally should be offered in the library classroom, too, so make sure you let your librarian know about them. You can usually do this without identifying the specific students who are receiving accommodations. The best approach to this aspect of your library instruction is open communication with your librarian, so that they can provide the best service to your students during their sessions.

Let’s get your instruction scheduled

Please choose the dates that will work best for your class to come to the library. We will do our best to accommodate your first choice of date for each of your instruction sessions!

Be aware that during certain parts of the semester, the library experiences a heavy volume of library instruction. In some cases, we will need to negotiate a different date because our librarians are all already scheduled for other classes.

We have opened one of our event rooms for socially-distanced in-person library instruction for groups of about 25. If you are requesting in-person instruction it is also possible that we will ask if we can hold our sessions in your regular classroom because the classroom space in Gorgas is limited due to COVID-19.

Regardless of space and volume issues, we are really looking forward to working with your class and will do everything in our power to make it easy for you!