Teaching and Learning

One of the core areas UBC’s Strategic Plan is Transformative Learning. In alignment with the strategic plan and in keeping with UBC Library’s strategic direction to support advanced research, learning, and scholarship, the library seeks to deliver and support transformational teaching and learning through a range of library instruction offerings. 

What can library instruction look like?

Library instruction depends on the context of the course or the information need. Subject librarians and archivists work with faculty to support a specific assignment, course, or program. 

Library instruction can comprise:

  • Instruction in class, online, or via hybrid delivery
  • Instruction through asynchronous resources (research guides, Canvas content, videos, handouts, etc.)
  • General introduction to Library resources and services
  • Custom sessions based on course content
  • Librarian- or archivist-led sessions, or librarian and faculty co-led sessions
  • Single sessions or multiple, needs-based integrated or wholistic embedded sessions

What is Library instruction?

Library instruction can encompass the wide range of ways that the library can support teaching and learning at UBC. Library instruction typically engages with information literacy, a term that is used to describe the “set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” (ACRL)

Who can I talk to about library instruction for my needs?

Faculty and staff interested in incorporating library instruction into their courses should reach out to their subject librarian to find out more.