Librarians will tailor lesson plans to meet individual class needs. It is especially important that students have an assignment that requires them to use or think about information critically. It is also helpful to share with your librarian the context of the assignment within the broader learning outcomes of the course.
Point of need
Timing is a crucial component for successful information literacy instruction. If scheduled too early, students may not retain what they have learned or see the relevancy of the session. If scheduled too late, students may not have acquired the skills they need to successfully complete an assignment. A helpful rule of thumb is to schedule a session with a librarian two weeks to 10 days before a specific assignment is due. Librarians request at least 2 weeks' notice to plan an effective and engaging library instruction session.
Professors and instructors are required to attend sessions along with their students. We encourage your active involvement in the class. This lends credibility to the importance of the session.