Library Instruction

Instructional Services

Our instruction attempts are nothing without YOU! We are working towards library integration with all core classes at CWI and appreciate any feedback and comments that you can give us.  

Instruction offered by CWI Library integrates traditional bibliographic instruction with information literacy.  Information literacy is defined by the American Library Association as a skillset that allows students to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (ALA 1989)  Information literacy can help students make informed decisions not just with scholarly research, but also when choosing whom to vote for in an election. Or what type of car to next invest in.  Or which school to attend!  

What does this mean for you?  In a nutshell, it means that CWI librarians teach students how to interpret the information in front of them, instead of taking it for face value.  "Where is the best place to find the information I need? Where is this information coming from? How do I know it's valuable?" These are all questions we ask students to consider in their research and also in their everyday lives. You can find more information about information literacy competency standards and how they apply to college students from the Association of College & Research Libraries.

In-Class Instruction

Librarians are available to come to your class for an instruction session on any campus, at any time and on any day. Yes, even late night classes and Saturdays! If for some reason we cannot accommodate your first request, we will contact you to find another time/date. You can send instruction session requests directly to our Library Instruction Request Form.

In-class instruction sessions can be fully-tailored to meet the particular needs of your class. Sessions can range anywhere from 15-20 minutes up to a full class period--we can modify, adapt and expand to teach your students what is appropriate in the time you have available. We will do our best to fulfill last-minute requests, however we encourage you to book a session with us as much in advance as possible (2 weeks is preferred). Past in-class sessions have included:

  • Introduction to the Library: Who, Where, Why?
  • Advanced Database Searching
  • Boolean Operators
  • Subject-Specific Databases
  • Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Refining Your Research Topic

Research Assignment Help

If you are working on getting scholarly research and resources into your syllabus but don't know how, or if you already have them in place but aren't sure when to have a librarian come speak to your class, we can help! We are always willing to help integrate information literacy into your coursework and we would love to have a conversation with you about having a library presence in your classroom.

If you are looking for extra credit options for your students, the library has an information literacy tutorial and quiz, as well as a CWI Library Scavenger Hunt!  Feel free to use these activities as they already exist, or ask us to tailor them to your specific class! You can also get in touch with us if you need the answers for these activities.

Online Instruction

If you teach online courses, but still want your students to experience the Library and use its resources--have no fear! We have tutorial videos hosted on our CWI Library YouTube channel that you are welcome to post and embed in Blackboard. If you have suggestions for tutorial videos, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Introduction to CWI Library Video:

Introduction to CWI Library

CWI Library provides research instruction in support of the College of Western Idaho's Mission and Vision for excellence in learning; Our instruction sessions are offered to all students, staff and faculty at CWI with the goal that our patrons can learn to find, use and evaluate information appropriately.

I Can Do That

Handouts are created as needed and as requested.  If you would like a handout created on a certain instructional topic, please contact Ryan Randall