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Library Instruction Program

About Us

Library Instruction Program Vision: Every Dominican student approaches research with curiosity and confidence.

In keeping with the Rebecca Crown Library's mission of providing academic support to students, and teaching as one of the primary ways the library realizes Dominican's mission to pursue truth, our program seeks to facilitate student learning and curiosity. We understand the information landscape to be a bewildering place for many people and seek to make that landscape navigable and familiar to students in our classes. With guidance from The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, we challenge students to move through "portals to enlarged understanding" of information generally and within their disciplines so that they might become creators of information as well as users. Information literacy, like other disciplines, is informed by politics, privilege, and structures of power and recognizing this is an integral part of our pedagogy. Information literacy skills are not linear or simple and are constantly evolving based on need, motivation, tools, and more. We seek to support students, staff, and faculty at all levels of ability.

What we teach

Assignment-based research 

Our most popular type of class involves preparing students for research in a specific course at their instructor's request. These are typically one class period. We work closely with course faculty to ensure that student learning is focused on students' research needs and relevant to the assignment. Assignment-based research sessions are useful to students of all levels; student skill-level is taken into consideration when planning the class.

Information Literacy for Gateway Courses & New Grad Students

Students entering their major coursework and graduate students have unique needs related to research. In these classes we work with students to orient them to discipline or profession specific resources and conventions. While these classes may be tied to research assignment it is not a requirement. These can be short sessions of about 20 minutes or an entire class period based on need and time constraints.

Embedded Librarian courses

Librarians teach mini-courses embedded into existing courses in other programs where we develop lessons, assignments, and grade assignments related to information literacy and research skills. Our LIB102 program embedded within English 102 courses is an example of this type of class, though there are other offerings including in online courses. 

Online-Specific Teaching

Student Workshops

Student workshops are offered throughout the semester and are open to all students across colleges and levels. 

More Learning Options:

Online tutorials

Reference help

Research Guides

Library Instruction Policies

Instructor Attendance

Course instructors must be present at library instruction sessions.  An instructor’s presence reinforces the importance of the session and enhances student student learning and motivation.  Instructors can also provide additional insight, and answer assignment-related questions.  


Sessions must be requested ten days in advance of preferred date.  This allows time for librarians and instructors to discuss the contents and goals of sessions, and for librarians to adequately prepare for sessions, especially during peak instruction times.


Sessions at the main River Forest campus will be held in the Library computer classroom, Crown 111, whenever possible.  If Crown 111 is not available, library faculty will reserve another computer classroom on campus.  If a class meets regularly in a computer classroom, the session will be held in the regular classroom. Librarians can also bring a laptop cart (available by checkout through IT) to classrooms with a smartboard or projector.Sessions for classes that do not meet on the main campus will be taught at the usual class location.

Online Courses

Sessions for online classes will be taught online Adobe Connect or another online meeting tool. Instruction for asynchronous online courses will be recorded for access by students who cannot attend the live session.


Please add library faculty to your course Canvas page so they can post resources for students and be available for questions after the class. For instructions please refer to the document below. 

Special needs

Be sure to let us know if any of your students have special needs that might affect their learning, access, or classroom dynamics along with any recommended modifications.

Meet the Library Instruction Interns

Library Instruction Interns are graduate students in the School of Information. They are being mentored by Dominican Librarians and have taken the course Teaching in the Information Professions. Interns teach workshops, English 102 in the spring of their internship year, and some assignment-based research sessions.