About Binghamton University Library Instruction
The Libraries' Instruction program supports the teaching mission of the University and the Libraries to educate not only for academic success but also for lifelong learning in one's professional and personal life. Library faculty work with classroom faculty and program directors to facilitate the teaching and learning of information literacy in the undergraduate and graduate/professional curricula and to give students a positive active experience using the Libraries and its resources.
The Libraries' instructional program offers multiple approaches to meet the diverse needs of the University community. Librarians offer hands-on instruction in our Bartle Library and Science Library computer instruction labs where students can learn effective research strategies, practice using online sources, and critically evaluate the sources they find. Classes are customized to meet the goals and objectives of the course and student needs.
Types of Instruction Available
Course-integrated instruction for specific research strategies and discipline specific databases relevant to class topics is available for all undergraduate and graduate courses. Classes are often tailored to provide research skills to meet the objectives to a particular research assignment, but can sometimes provide a general introduction to the Libraries' services, the Libraries online catalog and periodical databases, research strategies, and sources relevant to specific disciplines.
Library instruction sessions are available for campus and SUNY programs such as Discovery, Scholars, EOP, ESL, and Empire College. Sessions can also be tailored for Binghamton University offices and staff, and sessions for individuals or small groups of faculty, students, or staff on getting started with their research and using the library catalog and databases. Contact Angelique Jenks-Brown, Chair of the Instructional Services Coordinating Committee, 607.777.4596 for more information.
Individualized sessions in specialized resources are available from your subject librarian.
The Libraries offers a series of quick three minute screen casts that demonstrate how to use various types of library services, databases and research tools.
In addition, a suite of eight interactive online tutorials that take between fifteen to forty five minutes each to complete. The topics covered are evaluating resources, academic honesty, citing sources, finding books and articles, keeping current, using social media wisely, and using different publication types.
More information can be found on the Library Tutorials page.
At the beginning of the fall semester, library tours of the Glenn G. Bartle and Science Libraries are offered to graduate, transfer, and international students to introduce them to the University Libraries' services and resources.
Tour information is provided to students at their orientation sessions.
Library Outreach Services
Librarians may provide instruction to high school groups under certain circumstances. For more information, see our Services for High School Teachers page.