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Library Instruction


Welcome to Library Instruction, your home for teaching support, instruction tools, and more!

  • Do you need help guiding your students through best research practices for an assignment?
  • Are you interested in incorporating library tools into your coursework?
  • Perhaps you need assistance exploring the historical records of Stout and surrounding counties?

Whatever your library support need, University Librarians are available to provide research instruction to your classes.  Librarians are information experts who are uniquely qualified to teach information literacy to UW-Stout students, faculty, and staff using the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Why is Information Literacy important?

In this world of endless amounts of information, how do you sift through resources?  Whether it's finding articles for a research paper, buying a house, or sorting through work papers for your job, you need critical thinking skills.  Those skills are developed through information literacy.

What is Information Literacy?

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines "information literacy" as follows.

"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."

Types of Library Instruction

A library instruction session will depend on your course needs. Academic librarians and archivists offer several types of classroom instruction and service through the Instruction Leadership Group (ILG):

Library and Research Overview Session: What to Expect

These sessions typically focus on the following:

  • Developing keywords
  • Analyzing sources (CRAAP test, peer review)
  • Searching library databases
  • Finding research assistance

Theses sessions allow for some customization to better coordinate with your assignments, provided assignment information is received within the time allotted in the Library Instruction Scheduling Policy.

Library and Research Overview Session: Outcomes

University Library Instruction Leadership Group (ILG) developed learning outcomes for these sessions that coordinate with the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  Library Instruction sessions deliver the following outcomes:

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Learning Outcome:  Employ different types of searching language and relevant keywords appropriately.

Scholarship as Conversation

Learning Outcome:  Explain elements of resource evaluation and how to apply them.

Research as Inquiry

Learning Outcome:  Navigate library databases in order to locate articles and journals their subject area.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Learning Outcome:  Design and refine needs and search strategies as necessary, based on search results.

These sessions allow for some customization to better coordinate with your assignments, provided assignment information is received within the time allotted in the Library Instruction Scheduling Policy.


Library Instruction
Scheduling Policy


All Library Instruction requests must be emailed to at least two weeks in advance. Please include the following information in your request:

●    The course number
●    Let us know about the type of Library Instruction you need (Undergraduate, Graduate, Archives, EMC, Embedded) and if there is any content you would like covered.


If you are requesting a library instruction presentation, please let us know:
●    What are preferred dates and times for your library instruction?
●    How much time will you set aside for the library presentation?
●    Will the class take place in-person or virtually?
●    If it’s in-person, provide an estimated class size to allow scheduling of a classroom

Once we receive this information, a librarian will contact you as soon as possible to confirm the date and time, location, and content of your library instruction. If the library instruction is scheduled to help students with a research assignment, please send the assignment to the assigned librarian instructor at least one week in advance. Please plan to attend the session. Experience consistently shows more engaged students when the instructor participates in the session.


We look forward to working with you and your students!

Embedded Librarian Service: What to Expect

Our Embedded Librarian service is available for all UW-Stout online courses.  With this service, a librarian is on hand for two weeks in your Canvas course to present five research modules on:

  • How to develop a research question
  • Choosing keywords
  • Evaluating sources
  • How to use Search@UW and Google Scholar

In addition to teaching research skills, the modules have 3 library discussions attached where a librarian interacts with the students.  The discussion revolves around their research topics, how they're searching for information, and advice about the keywords and databases they're using when doing their research.

These modules can be optional for students or for credit, but we have found that they have a higher level of involvement and impact if they're offered for a minimal amount of credit.  If you would like to learn more about this service, or preview the Canvas research modules, contact

What if I do not want a Library Instruction Session but still need help?

If an instruction session is not right for you, we provide additional instruction resources, including:

EMC Instruction Graduate and Distance Education Instruction Student Success Librarian

Contact Tanya Gunkel

Contact Laura Tomcik

Contact Cory Whipkey