Dupré Library's Instruction Department is committed to the pursuit and promotion of education through library instruction. Effective library instruction reflects the University's primary purposes of teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service.
Library Instruction Update
In support of the University's measures to prioritize safety while providing high quality classes both online and on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, all library instruction will be offered online during the semester.
This online instruction will include synchronous instruction in the form of live Zoom workshops on key research topics. Review a summary of our standard workshop types and the Library Instruction Workshop Calendar for details. Professors can encourage students to attend one or more of these sessions outside of class time. Certificates of Attendance will be provided on request at the end of each workshop, and can be posted in Moodle as proof of completion of "attend at least one library workshop" assignments.
Don't see workshops scheduled that will meet your students' research needs? Complete an Instructional Request and the Library's Instructional Services team will work with you to design and schedule a workshop and/or asynchronous resources to support the development your students' research skills.
Usually send your students on a library scavenger hunt? Complete a Library Instruction Request and indicate your interest in a virtual scavenger hunt. Our team will provide you with models that effectively introduce students to library services without requiring a visit to the building, since library occupancy will be limited during the semester in support of public health.
The virtual library visit that is highly effective and universally supportive of almost all library and research-related learning objectives is a visit to the live reference chat. Assign class-related research to your students and require that they find a particular type of source (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, or images). Require the students to ask for help finding those sources in the chat on the Library home page. After their chat with a librarian, instruct the students to click the envelope icon on the chat to have a transcript of their chat emailed to them. This transcript can then be posted in Moodle as proof of completion of the Library chat assignment. Note that part of this type of assignment will be for students to ask their research question during chat reference hours, when the chat is staffed.
Asynchronous library learning resources in the form of videos, illustrated text instructions, and research guides are also available for instructors to assign to students. From introductions to key library services to in depth online research skill building using library databases, government documents, and archives, these asynchronous instruction resources can be assigned in combinations that reflect your student learning objectives. Proof of completion that can be posted on Moodle to indicate fulfillment of a library assignment is available to students who successfully complete related knowledge checks. Complete a Library Instruction Request to work with our team to develop the best solution for your class.
Want a Tour?
Schedule in advance general and specialized tours of the Library for University classes as well as off-campus groups through the Instructional Services Librarian, Jennifer Hamilton. Non-university groups such as high schools are encouraged to schedule tours during intercessions.
Have a Class That Needs Library Instruction?
Research assignments are vital to effective library instruction. Research suggests that the best way to improve research and information literacy skills is at the point of need. Retention is optimized when learners have an immediate information need and can practice using the Library resources to meet those needs. The Library's Instruction Team and Departmental Librarians will work with you to develop library instruction specific to the needs of your class and assignments.
Request library tours and instruction sessions through Library Instruction Request.
Head of Instructional Services
Edith Garland Dupré Library
400 E St Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503