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Instructional Services Policy

Edith Garland Dupré Library offers a variety of instructional formats:

  • General and specialized library instruction sessions
  • Research appointments for students and faculty
  • Identification of library and other information resources for faculty that can be embedded in Moodle at point of need for students
  • Development of self-paced instruction modules for Moodle that cover use of specific databases and other library resources for specific classes and assignments
  • English 305, a one-credit-hour course covering basic and advanced library research techniques, information literacy, U.S. Government Information, and use of Special Collections and Internet sources.

The Instructional Services Department operates within Public Services, and is dedicated to the design, delivery, testing, and continual improvement of library instruction to ensure students and faculty are aware of and can effectively use information resources to achieve their research goals. Effective bibliographic and information literacy instruction reflects the University's primary purposes of teaching, learning, scholarship, research and public service.


Dupré Library Instructional Services supports the students, faculty, and staff of the University. Library instruction will also be provided on a limited basis to other areas of the general public, with a preference for educational groups such as area high schools. Members and affiliates of the University will be given priority in the scheduling and provision of services.


  • To provide library orientation and instruction demonstrating the effective utilization of available library resources and services;
  • To provide current and effective instruction in the form of print and online resource handouts, tutorials and database guides; and
  • To provide effective classroom instruction targeted to the specific level of the user's sophistication and needs, as established in advance by collaboration between the library instructor and course instructor.


The Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory

Named for a former library director, the Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory is a SMART Classroom designed to facilitate library instruction. The lab is used for library instruction only. Approximately 30 computers are available for hands-on use. Capacity is 30 users. Individuals requesting use of the Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory for library instruction must contact Jennifer Hamilton, Head of Instruction, at (337) 482-1160 or Special hardware or software installations require at least a five-day notice.

Reference Online Center (ROC)

The ROC is located adjacent to the Reference Desk. This lab provides 24 computers for research: searching of reference online databases, the library's online catalog and U.S. Government Information resources. Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) fees provide printing availability to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette affiliated users. Preference for use of computers in the Reference Online Center is given to researchers accessing the library's online catalog and databases and government information resources. For more information, see ROC Policies.

Requesting Library Instruction

General and specialized library instruction for university classes and off-campus groups must be scheduled in advance through the Head of Instructional Services. Non-university groups such as high schools are encouraged to schedule tours or instruction sessions during intercession. Classes coming to the library for an instructional session are encouraged to have an assignment or project they are actively working on.  Research has shown that library instruction is most effective when students can immediately apply what they learn to work on an assignment.

To schedule an instructional session or research appointment, use the Instructional Request Form, or contact Jennifer Hamilton, Head of Instruction, at (337) 482-1160 or  After receiving your request, our staff will work with you to plan the session and identify potential learning outcomes revolving around the assignment or project for which they will need to do research.

We ask that instructors give at least two weeks notice in booking instructional sessions to allow time for design of a session specific to your students' needs, but don't hesitate to ask if you have a library instruction emergency.


Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to:

Blair Stapleton
Assistant Dean of Public Services
Edith Garland Dupré Library
400 E St Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503
Room 154
(337) 482-1173