Skip to Main Content

Faculty Guide to Library Instruction (Archival Version): Home

Procedures and resources on information literacy instruction for your classes.

Quick Question

What do your students seem to struggle with most?
Forming Research Questions: 5 votes (38.46%)
Finding Appropriate Research: 0 votes (0%)
Evaluating Information: 4 votes (30.77%)
Reading Academic Journal Articles: 4 votes (30.77%)
Presenting Information Creatively (infographics, blog sites, etc.): 0 votes (0%)
Citations: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 13

Utilize your Subject Librarians

Library Instruction photo by Butler Libraries

Librarians are your partners when it comes to curricular design. We care about supporting your efforts to meet student learning outcomes. Reach out to your Subject Liaison Librarian - let's see what we can accomplish together!

Tech Tools used in IL Instruction/Research Assignments

  • Google Forms: assessment, pre/post testing
  • Google Slides: students create and share informationPoll Everywhere: assessment, class engagement
  • Weebly & Wordpress: creating websites
  • Piktochart: creating infographics
  • Omeka: Creating digital exhibits
  • Popplet: mind mapping
  • Prezi: students create media projects
  • LibGuides: students create resource lists for future classes

Butler's IL Program

Butler librarians liaison with specific colleges and majors, providing information literacy (IL) instruction and research consultations to students.  To schedule an IL session, contact the Subject Liaison who works with your major, or contact Sally Neal, Associate Dean for Instruction and User Services,, 940-9949.

Butler's Information Literacy Program

Butler Libraries provides information literacy instruction throughout a student's undergraduate/graduate experience. The key curriculum areas targeted include:

  1. First-year seminar (FYS) - To meet the FYS research learning outcome:  "Students will carry out research for the purpose of supplying evidence and support for claims made in exposition and argument," students receive an introduction to information literacy concepts and skills through classroom library instruction session(s).  
  2. Discipline instruction - Librarian liaisons work with their assigned colleges/majors to provide discipline-specific IL at key points within a major's curriculum.  Many librarians have worked with their majors and mapped where, within a curriculum, IL instruction should be incorporated.  

Assumptions (or, Did you Know?)

  1. Besides classroom instruction, librarians provide one-on-one research consultations to students.  Encourage your students to contact their subject librarian to take advantage of this individualized research assistance.  
  2. Successful learning is active and participatory; therefore, we incorporate active learning activities, critical thinking, and problem solving exercises into our instruction.
  3. Librarians incorporate flipped classroom models of learning as well as online learning strategies to deliver content.
  4. Librarians can collaborate with you in designing your research assignment.
  5. Instruction should be tied to course work; the presence of the faculty member during an instruction session is crucial for the students to appreciate and understand the value of the session.
  6. Librarians can help you assess components of student research.  Not only does this gauge students' learning, but it helps us adjust our teaching to better meet student needs.


  • The Library has a computer classroom with 18 laptops; up to 21 students can be accommodated in the space.  The librarian will reserve this classroom for the instruction session.  
  • Request library instruction at least two-weeks in advance.  As you are creating or updating your syllabi prior to the start of a semester, meet with your subject librarian and discuss learning goals and objectives for the library instruction/research component.  Collaborating at the time you’re building the class, ensures that the research assignment takes advantage of Butler resources, and the librarian can create an effective instruction session.
  • If you have collection development needs for the class (purchasing of resources), let your librarian know as soon as possible so these orders can be placed in time for your class needs.  Requests need to comply with Butler's Collection Development policy.  
  • Include your librarian as a resource on your syllabus and within your Canvas section.  Follow these directions for adding a librarian at the Course Builder level within a Canvas section.
  • If the IL instruction is face-to-face, attend the IL session and lend your insights and expertise to the lesson.

Librarian Contact for this LibGuide

Profile Photo
Sally Neal
I am the subject librarian for:

CCOM: Strategic Communication, Journalism, Sports Media, Esports, Exploratory Communication; LAS: English, Exploratory Studies.

Temporary contact for: Philosophy & Religion, Political Science

Schedule an appt. with me for research support in these disciplines.

109B Irwin Library

Neal Library Instruction Evaluation

Additional Resources


There are currently three classrooms within Irwin Library: 007, Great Books Room, 119.

You can reserve these classrooms via the campus EMS system (within My.Butler).  When scheduling a library instruction session in 119, the librarian will reserve this room.  

Before requesting titles to be purchased, please ensure that your request falls within our Collection Development policy [pdf]. 

To request that specific books, DVDs, and other materials be ordered for the collections, please email your requests to your Subject Liaison.  Your liaison will most likely be forwarding on your email or reentering the information in a separate library ordering system, so please avoid sending us catalogs with items circled if possible.

Want to give your students increased access to print materials?

At Butler Libraries, we are happy to place items on Print Reserve for you. Items can include Butler-owned titles or your own personal copies. These items are placed behind the Information Commons Desk and given much shorter loan periods than items in the rest of the collection.

Want to Reuse this Content?

Creative Commons Attribution License

You are welcome to reuse the content of this Guide as long as you attribute Butler University Libraries.


Email Butler University Libraries
Irwin Library: 317-940-9227
Science Library: 317-940-9937

Like us on FacebookInstagramFollow us on Twitter