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Information Literacy @ UWW

Scheduling Library Instruction

Contact a reference librarian at the Reference Desk in the Andersen Library or your liaison librarian to schedule your library visit. We strongly encourage you to contact us before or near the start of the semester, as time slots fill up quickly. Please have a date, a time, and the session length ready when you call, or include them in your email. Please have a second choice of date ready just in case. When available please provide us with the topic and any special instructions you may have. The nitty gritty:

  • Schedule sessions in person at the Reference Desk, by phone (262) 472-1032, email at or by contacting your liaison librarian.
  • Sessions are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Advance notice is required, at least one week ahead of time.
  • Requests for particular librarian instructors will be honored as scheduling permits.
  • Students get the most out of library instruction when they have an assignment to focus on when they come in.
  • If possible, provide the librarian with a copy of the class assignment(s) or research topic(s) before the session so we can customize the session to fit your needs.
  • Sessions typically cover the use of resources available through the Andersen Library, such as Research@UWW and databases, and print books and periodicals. The "What the Librarian Can Cover" section below lists competencies we can address. Please let us know your needs.

Day of Library Visit

  • The librarian will meet you near the Circulation Desk and Food for Thought café unless other arrangements are made.
  • Instructors are strongly encouraged to accompany students to the library to maximize the effectiveness of the session.

What the Librarian Can Cover

Librarians can cover some, but in a typical 50-75 minute session not all, of the following.


  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship is a Conversation
  6. Searching is Strategic

Competencies*. Students can learn to:

         1. Identify and articulate needs which require information solutions.
         2. Identify and select appropriate information sources.
         3. Formulate and efficiently execute search queries appropriate for the information resource.
         4. Interpret and analyze search results and select relevant sources.
         5. Locate and retrieve relevant sources in a variety of formats from the global information environment.
         6. Critically evaluate the information retrieved.
         8. Self-assess the information-seeking processes used.
         9. Understand the structure of the information environment and the process
              by which both scholarly and popular information is produced, organized, and disseminated.
        10. Understand public policy and the ethical issues affecting the access and use of information.


*Information Literacy Competencies and Criteria for Academic Libraries in Wisconsin