Synchronous instruction sessions are meant to be an intentional way to incorporate information literacy into your course. Our team of librarians scaffold information literacy concepts across the curriculum and develop sessions that will: 

  • Broadly introduce your students to the library, its people, and our available resources, done through engaging activities and active discussion (ideal for first-year students or first-year graduate students) 

  • Help students develop the research competencies they need to be successful in their field of study. This could include (but is not limited to) generating topic ideas and research questions, identifying keywords and keyword strategies, evaluating information and determining its credibility, and gathering potential sources through openly available or Steely resources. (ideal for students in upper class undergraduate courses and graduate students) 

Students become more information literate within the context of an assigned research-based project. Moreover, students attending library instruction with a general sense of their research topic will not only foster authentic learning, but create an applied opportunity to work on the project. 

Please use the form below to request a synchronous information literacy instruction session. These sessions can be conducted in-person at Steely Library or via Zoom. For classes that do not start at the top of the hour, choose the closest time and we will work with you to finalize your course time.  

To schedule your session, select your ideal date on the calendar to the left. Choose a green time slot and then fill out the provided form, supplying as much useful information as you can to help us understand your need. Within 48 business hours of your request, someone will be in touch with more information on your upcoming session.  

Not seeing a time you want? Having troubles with the form? Please direct your questions to Hailley Fargo, Head of Education & Outreach Services at For other ways to partner with us, please refer to our library instruction webpage. We look forward to working with you and your students!