Instruction Policy for Librarians
The instructional component of the Reference Services Department supports
the department’s mission by instructing and assisting patrons in the location,
use, and evaluation of information sources. The instruction librarians
teach information literacy skills by providing sequenced instruction in all
formats for classes with an emphasis on providing specific instruction for
students in their majors. The focus of the instruction program is to
serve the NSU community.
What is included in Instruction?
Basic introductory information is provided to the University Strategies students.
English 1213 students receive assignment- specific instruction, including
information literacy concepts. Students in upper division, graduate,
and professional programs are instructed in the tools of their field as well
as assignment-specific resources.
Where is instruction conducted?
Library instruction includes formal classes taught in the library’s electronic
classrooms, classes taught outside of the library, small group sessions, instructional
Web pages, distance education classes, tutorials, workshops, one-on-one sessions,
Hours of Service:
Classes are taught during their normal class period and based on the availability
of the instruction librarian.
Who provides Instruction?
Most library instruction is provided by the subject librarians. However,
classes may be taught by other librarians as well as staff under the direction
of a librarian. Some non-NSU classes are scheduled and taught by User
Services personnel. These may include public school classes, scouting
Whom we serve:
Instruction is provided for any Northeastern State University faculty or
Priority of service:
Classes are taught by the subject librarian on a first-come-first-serve
basis and as his/her schedule allows. Priority for use of the facilities
goes to Northeastern State University students.
Classes will be recorded on the appropriate online Reservation Calendars
and also on the monthly subject librarian statistical reports.
Librarians will refer to the “Information
Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” created by ACRL ;
the Competencies for Lifelong
Learning and Professional Success: The Educational Policy Statement
of the Medical Library Association; the Accreditation
Council on Optometric Education ACOE, Standard VII, 7.2; the National League
for Nursing Accrediting Commission NLNAC, Baccalaureate, Standards 4 and
5; and the American
Speech Language Hearing Association, Council for Clinical Certification,
Who oversees instruction?
The NSU instruction component of the Reference Services Department is overseen
by the Directors of the Department.
Prepared by Sarah Brick Archer
Approved by the Department on November 20, 2009.
Page maintained by: Brandon Oberg.
Last update: April 29, 2014