About Decker Library's Research Instruction Program
Research Instruction sessions are tailored to the needs of a class or assignment and are held in the Library's classrooms or in your semester classroom. To learn more about how we teach or to see suggestions for class activities and lesson plans, check out our Information Literacy Program.
Tips for a successful Library Research Instruction session:
- Contact the teaching librarian at least one week in advance. The instruction calendar fills up quickly, so request early in the semester (or even before the semester begins).
- Work with the librarian to establish learning outcomes for the session.
- Make sure students understand their research assignment and have a possible topic in mind before coming to the Library Research Instruction session.
- Attend the session - your presence conveys the value you place on developing strong library research skills. Your students will pick up on this.
- Actively participate in the session (i.e. interject information, ask questions, encourage students to ask questions, etc.).
Request a Research Instruction Session
We kindly require instruction sessions be requested at least one week in advance.
For best student engagement, please be ready to share your syllabus and connect the visit to a specific assignment with your librarian.
Please use the links below to schedule an instruction session. You will be taken to our Calendly pages for each type of instruction.
- Instruction for First Year Experience Course (Art Matters, Drawing: Tradition & Innovation, Foundation, etc.) or Modernism & After
- Instruction in the Library's classroom (max capacity is 25 students)
- Instruction in the library's small classroom (max capacity is 12 students)
- Instruction in your own classroom
- Request an Alber's Interaction of Color viewing (no librarian)
Please note that we require 48 hours notice to cancel a session for any reason other than illness, emergency situation, or campus closure.
The library also offers tool- and skill-specific workshops on Copyright for artists, Wikipedia, Omeka, Baltimore community history and more described below.