Library Instruction Policy and Procedures
Instruction, taught by Trexler Library staff, is offered to the Muhlenberg College community as part of the educational process and partnership, to support the curricular, research, and lifelong learning needs of library users.
Library Instruction Procedures
Purpose of Procedures
The purpose of these procedures is to provide guidelines for Trexler Library staff and the Muhlenberg College community with respect to scheduling, leading, and participating in library instruction.
- Librarians, staff, and faculty are encouraged to partner in the educational process, collaborating in assignment design, research avenues, information literacy skill development, and other opportunities in all types of library instruction, as outlined below. Faculty members’ presence during and participation in library instruction helps to reinforce its objectives.
- In-class Library Instruction
- Scheduling and Reserving Spaces
- To ensure sufficient preparation time and the availability of instruction space, faculty members are asked to give at least one week advance notice of their instruction requests. Requests are scheduled in the order received, on a first-come, first-served basis. If requests are made with less than one week’s notice, instruction may or may not be scheduled, depending on the requirements of the instruction session and the availability of the librarian; alternate days/times may be considered.
- Spaces outside the library may be considered when scheduling library instruction, as needed. Requirements for some courses, topics, and assignments may be better addressed in the classroom setting, rather than the library, depending on technological needs, space constraints, etc.
- Instruction can be highly customized to individual course and assignment needs, with regard to topic and length of session. Sessions can range, for example, from a ten-minute introduction to a 75-minute instruction session.
- How to Request Instruction