Library instruction (Bibliographic Instruction, BI) is designed to familiarize students with library services and research methods for library tool use. It traditionally focuses on finding and obtaining material, explanation of search strategies, information literacy and critical thinking goals, introduction to advance searching and a variety of other library services. Each session and class is different as they are tailor made for each class coming in. The goal is to prepare students to not only accomplish assignments but to also provide information that can carry through into life long learning skills.
Library instruction is tailor made to each class and session. It is the aim to have advancing classes exposed to advancing research methods and services. This scaffolding approach allows for greater skill acquisition.
The Archives Department welcomes the opportunity to work with instructors to collaborate in the design of instruction sessions, learning objects, and primary-source-based assignments. Beyond introducing students to archival research and our facilities, we aim to increase learners’ primary source literacy as outlined in the Guidelines for Primary Source Literacy developed by the Society of American Archivists and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). More broadly, we are dedicated to a learner-centered approach to teaching and work to foster students’ critical thought about information, its creation, and its historical legacy. We are open to working with classes from all disciplines and academic levels.
The Special Collections Department invites instructors and classes into the collection for a general introduction to research using primary, printed resources and an orientation to the library's special collections. Sessions can be tailored to include specific topics or primary sources as needed. Instruction sessions may use all or part of your allotted class time. Multiple sessions for the same course may be requested.
By request tours may be requested by UWM faculty, staff, and students. You can request a workshop for yourself or for a group. Tours are conducted on foot and can range in time from 30 minutes to 75 minutes depending on request. We also can offer assignments and 'scavenger hunt' style worksheets for classes.