Meet the Instruction Team

Based on City University of Seattle’s Academic Model and City University Learning Goal 3 (critical thinking and information literacy) the library instruction program develops graduates who “are able to find, access, evaluate, and use information in order to solve problems.” Librarians are course-embedded and focus on teaching students at their point of need.


Meet the Instruction Team

Librarians partner with faculty to prepare information-competent students who can define the type of information needed for specific situations and effectively apply strategies to locate, access, and use that information for the purpose of academic achievement and lifelong learning. Every academic program has a dedicated instruction librarian who works with the faculty to embed library skills throughout the curriculum. Find out who the librarian is for your program.


How We Teach Students in Seattle and Around the World

It is critical that our students dispersed around the world have equitable access to library instructional support. We leverage a variety of technology to teach CityU students wherever they are located.

In-person or online: We are located at the main Seattle campus and teach some sessions on site. We have held sessions for students in classes from Vancouver, WA, to Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta!

Collaborate with faculty to develop formative activities: Instruction librarians collaborate with instructors to develop formative activities delivered via discussion boards or as short assignments in Blackboard. We often facilitate week-long discussions about finding topics, evaluating information, effectively citing information, locating sources, and more!

One-on-one help for students: Our library instruction team responds to individual student inquiries in-person and via phone, Skype, and live chat to give personalized assistance. Students also have access to a suite of how-to guides available on the library’s website

Tutorials or videos emphasizing a particular skill: For example, we create tutorials using screencast technology such as Screencast-o-Matic, Jing, and other tools to develop short instructional videos on finding, evaluating, using information.


Tips for Writing Library Assignments

Our instruction team can help you write short assignments or activities that boost students’ library skills and their ability to find, evaluate, and use information sources.

Effective IL skill building assignments:

  • Connected to a particular class assignment in order for students to immediately apply the skill they have learned.
  • Focus on one or two skills in order to keep the task manageable and allow for better feedback and deeper understanding.
  • Developed by faculty and librarians to ensure emphasis is on the appropriate skill needed for students to meet course outcomes.

Examples of library assignments

  • Weeklong discussions in Blackboard on an information literacy skill (narrowing topics, finding, evaluating, using information sources).
  • Live Skype or Blackboard Collaborate session delivered in your classroom. Co-facilitation by the instructor is necessary for this type of session.
  • Search activity that asks students to identify keywords, apply database search strategies, and locate sources prior to a larger research paper or similar assignment. Allows for librarian and instructor feedback and builds students’ confidence.
  • Annotated bibliography develops students’ ability to identify, evaluate, and summarize relevant sources.
  • Weekly research journal which leads to development of a research paper or similar assignment.
  • Comparison of source types, such as news articles, reports, and scholarly articles.
  • Break down a research paper into its components and focus on each component individually.


What Faculty and Students Say

“I just love that we have Carolyne right here in our ‘class’ as a resource providing such personalized feedback!  This is only my second quarter at CityU and having her input in my previous classes would have helped tremendously in finding accurate and trustworthy sources of information for those papers.”– Christina Weaver, student, Business Administration

“Nothing tames school anxieties like knowing an excellent librarian has your back.” – Student, Master in Teaching

“My experience has been that the quality of the work submitted by students after incorporating the library discussions/activities has been quite apparent. … They are able to substantiate themselves in a powerful way with appropriate resources thanks to these activities.  – Cyndi Meuchel, Instructor

“I believe having a couple of discussion threads with our librarian each quarter has provided my online classes with a nice change of pace, an easy way to be better prepared for the final project, and … they usually learn a thing or two about the options that our library provides them.” – Noel Paterson, Instructor

Need Help Integrating Library Research Skills? Ask a Librarian!