About Instructional Services

MU Libraries Mission Statement

In support of the instruction, research, service and economic development programs of the University, the MU Libraries acquire, preserve, make accessible and provide instruction on scholarly resources; develop innovative services, and apply new technologies to achieve a single overarching purpose: To serve the needs of our users.

MU Libraries Information Literacy Program Mission

The MU Libraries is dedicated to the development of a university community that is information literate, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). We offer the university community opportunities to become effective, efficient information consumers for the 21st century. We actively promote our instructional services as the bridge to information literacy empowerment between our patrons and their research needs.

Library Instruction Program

The MU Libraries offer a variety of instructional programs in the use of library resources to support the teaching and research needs of the MU community. Librarians work with faculty to integrate information literacy into the curriculum. They work with instructors to develop library instruction that best meets their class needs, fosters critical thinking and supports the lifelong goals of MU students. Instruction Coordinators are Joe Askins for the MU Libraries and Rebecca Graves for the Health Sciences Library.

MU Information Literacy Plan

Academic libraries add value to the teaching and learning missions of their universities through information literacy instruction. The MU Libraries offers expert research instruction across the disciplines in order to provide the MU community with the skills and knowledge to expertly identify, find, and evaluate information.

MU Information Literacy Plan

Guidelines for Working With Librarians

  • Library visits and instruction sessions should be requested no fewer than 10 days in advance to allow for proper preparation and room availability.
  • Library visits and/or instruction sessions are most effective when scheduled near the time students need information.
  • Instructor must be present during librarian-led sessions. Instruction is particularly effective when students are motivated and faculty participate in the sessions.
  • Collaborate with your subject librarian or the Library Instruction Coordinator in planning a library research component for your class. This avoids student frustrations and ensures that resources for the assignment are available in the library.
  • Be specific about topics, mechanics, and requirements of the assignment. Students cannot be expected to locate materials without explicit guidelines.
  • Try to assign a variety of resources instead of sending an entire class in search of the same item. Avoid treasure or scavenger hunts that make students look for obscure bits of information.
  • Lay the groundwork for the upcoming instruction session and emphasize the importance of student attendance. Inform students of the library assignment prior to the instruction session so that students are aware of their need for information.
  • Consider having students write a Research Process Paper in preparation for entry in the MU Libraries Undergraduate Research Project Contest
  • Please return the evaluation form so that we can continue to improve our instruction sessions and make them more relevant.