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Library Instruction Scheduling & Planning

Customizable course guide templates

Library instruction sessions should be supplemented with a Libguide whenever possible. An assessment survey should be used for every library one-shot session.

Guides supplement our teaching and serve as a tool that students can return to well beyond the instruction session.

Two templates (below) have been created with content that aligns with the IL Matrix's Lower Division and Upper Division outcomes.

The guides are not intended to be used in their entirety. Consider addressing just 2-3 learning outcomes in earnest and the time it takes to effectively cover each (for example, 4 learning outcomes in a 50 min workshop is really pushing it).

Use the IL Matrix as a tool to guide research assignment development. Has the professor indicated a couple of specific reasons why they've requested instruction? Or, can you and the instructor collaborate to add outcomes that aren't being addressed in the prompt?

Lower Division Library Instruction:

Upper Division Library Instruction:

Maintaining your Libguides

Reviewing your guides on a regular basis will help you to keep them current and free of broken links or out of date information.

Liaisons are responsible for maintaining guides of which they are the owners or co-editors. 

Liaisons will be reminded to focus on maintaining guides twice per year during July and January. An RIS calendar reminder has been added to the first days of these months, and reminders will be sent to the Instruction Team at the beginning of these months.

  1. Decommission unused guides. Identify guides that are not in use or very little-used and either change access status to Private or delete it. Best practices recommend setting to Private status in case the guides are being linked to from external places such as MyClasses. The reasoning, I think, is that outdated info is better than a dead link.
  1. Promote or un-promote. Identify Course Guides that you’ll use or not use in the fall or spring and tag “promote” or unpromote it by deleting the tag accordingly. Using the “promote” tag adds the guide to the Class Guides drop menu on the library home page. Un-tagging guides keeps this menu from becoming unwieldy.
  2. Assign guide types. When logged into the Libguides system, select Content and add your name under Owner. Choosing the correct “Type” allows the guides to display on the library home page and elsewhere within the system.
  3. Identify guides as one of these three "Types." Please note: there are other guide “types,” but we only use the three above. For example, do not use “General.”

Course guide

Topic guide

Subject guide

       5. Update content. Perhaps try to prioritize which guides should be updated first. Course guides that supplement classes coming up might take precedence. Or, a Subject or Topic guide that is in need of some serious TLC might be first to tackle. Do a sweep through the databases in your area(s) to update/omit any databases that have been added or discontinued.

Other ideas:

Libguides' Link Checker reporting tool allows you to sweep through your guides for dead or inaccurate links. 

Quickly create a list of your guides sorted by when they were last edited. Select Content, add your name under Owner, and select Updated to see your list and last-edited dates.