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KPU Instructional Services & Information Literacy

The information literacy program at Kwantlen Libraries is offered through a blend of services that include research skills classes and course/subject specific instruction sessions (not for credit), and research help at the Reference desk.

KPU Instruction Plan

KPU Library’s Instruction plan guides how we work with our KPU students, faculty, and staff, and is directly linked to the goals and visions of the 2021-2023 Library’s Strategic Plan, specifically, Goal #2 - Deliver Excellent Library Instruction.

Our Teaching Commitments

The KPU Library provides leadership, resources and expertise to empower its students, faculty and staff to engage in locating, creating and sharing of knowledge. KPU Library works to provide instruction that promotes and encourages equity, empowerment, and flexibility towards research and information literacy.

Our Instruction Program Goals:

  • Develop a flexible and relevant teaching program that equips diverse learners to become effective researchers and engaged citizens.
  • Improve the student learning experience through the effective use of innovative instructional technology.
  • Evaluate our teaching program on an ongoing basis and incorporate best practices supported by research.
  • Collaborate with other service areas to deliver integrated supports for student learning.

How we work with you

Our liaison librarians work with faculty to support a specific assignment, course, or program and librarians can offer library instruction to your students both in-person and online, depending on the format of your class.

In many of our sessions, students will:

  • Identify what research support and materials are available to them through the library’s collection (print and online)
  • Develop comprehensive research strategies for their assignments
  • Utilize more scholarly and authoritative sources
  • Learn to understand and develop strong citation practices and methods of citation management

What can library instruction look like?

We are happy to collaborate with faculty to develop presentations specific to your class that fit either the whole class meeting or a portion of the class. The KPU Library offers the following three options for library research skill instruction:

  • Synchronous Instruction (in-person in a library lab or your classroom, or online via Zoom/BBB)
  • Academic Integrity Instruction (in-person, or online via Zoom/BBB)
  • Guides & Tutorials for Instructional Support (please visit our Library Tutorials and Activities page for more details)

How can I request library instruction?