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Remote instruction services

While the Colleges have moved instruction online, librarians are available to remotely support students’ research skill development.

Some of the topics our instruction may cover are identifying research or information needs; locating, accessing, and using scholarship ethically; academic integrity, plagiarism, attribution, and fair use; and contextualizing how to do research without print materials.

Below are some examples of the types of instruction services we can provide.

  • Tailored Zoom-based workshops held during your class session
    • Using Zoom’s break-out room and whiteboard features, we can continue to provide active-learning approaches to our pedagogy
  • Asynchronous learning opportunities
    • facilitating discussions in your course management system
    • assigning all or portions of our interactive, self-graded tutorials
    • creating short instructional videos on using library research tools
  • Consultations on assignment design for your research assignments
    • Scaffolding research assignments to maximize student success
    •  Identifying accessible and open course materials
Guidelines for productive collaborations

As educational partners, teaching librarians customize each instruction session to the specific needs and culture of your class and students. The following guidelines help ensure we create effective learning experiences:

  • Contact us at least two weeks before you’d like an instruction session. Requests after the two-week mark will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • We strongly encourage you to be present for each instruction session. In our experience students are more engaged and have a more meaningful time in a library session when you are present. (Plus, we’ve had faculty tell us how much they learned about library resources and services, too!)
  • Since our instruction is tailored to each individual course and assignment, we will need information about your class to help us determine the best content and instruction approach.
    • We will ask you to share your syllabus and/or a description of the primary assignment for the course with the goal of preparing a library session that will assist your students in successfully fulfilling the components of that assignment.
    • We will ask you to share your learning objectives for the instruction session. If you don’t have them formalized, we will work with you to formulate relevant goals and learning activities.
    • We will ask you about the culture of your classroom. Do you often have group activities? Discussions? Opportunities for written or individual reflection?
    • Do any students in your class have any special needs requiring accommodation?
Our instruction philosophy

The Claremont Colleges Library demonstrates its commitment to empowering confident, critical, and creative information users and producers through the promotion of information literacy – the ability to locate, evaluate, use, and produce information effectively. TCCL’s instruction program is committed to helping students develop critical research Habits of Mind by working in partnership with teaching faculty, departments, and programs in all seven Claremont Colleges. Our teaching librarians are learner-centered, incorporating a variety of pedagogical approaches and techniques. Well-timed library instruction integrated into the curriculum provides students the opportunity to use information skills in relevant and impactful ways. We strive to provide learning opportunities at the most effective points in a student’s educational career, where our librarians’ expertise can have the greatest impact on student success.

Request an instruction session

To request an online instruction session please fill out the Request an Instruction Session form or contact the teaching librarian for your subject area directly.

Request a special collections instruction session

To request an instruction session with Special Collections please fill out the Request a Special Collections Instruction Session form or contact the Public Services Librarian directly