Instruction and Workshops


Library instructors aim to integrate library instruction artfully and seamlessly into your course plans. We collaborate with faculty and staff from other campus units to create the best and most effective instruction sessions possible, focusing on information literacy, library resources, research methods, and advanced tools.

Library instruction is:

  • Effective and foundational: We introduce, develop, and strengthen research skills for finding and using information sources, solidifying foundational habits of mind for lifelong learning and productivity. With library instruction, students will discover and assess scholarly resources and deliver assignments with more sophisticated sources.
  • Customizable and collaborative: We work with you to design instruction sessions that fit your specific course goals and your students. Librarians can help you design library instruction strategies from the earliest stages of your course planning. Options range from the single, focused instruction session to a long arc of instruction across multiple class meetings.
  • Innovative: We teach with effective pedagogical models and appropriate tools to engage students and foster learning. Whether we're introducing basic scholarly sources or the latest data management tools, we incorporate current and proven educational scholarship to maximize learning outcomes.


Co-teaching writing classes to help students get beyond Google.

Instruction coordinator Tony Cosgrave co-teaches WRIT 1420, Opening up New Worlds through Research and Rhetoric, with senior lecturer Darlene Evans. In the course, Tony introduces students to research strategies, critical evaluation of scholarly sources and ethical use of information through active learning exercises, and the students write a lengthy well-researched paper and annotated bibliography.

“This course, unique as a first-year writing seminar, not only introduces students to scholarly research and writing, but also enables students from any discipline to develop significant analytic skills that they can transfer to even the most sophisticated research assignments they may have while at Cornell and beyond.”

Senior lecturer Darlene Evans, Knight Institute

Teaching students to distinguish real science from hype.

One of our life sciences librarians guided students to find quality resources through class work, one-on-one consultations and hands-on exercises in their collaboration with Prof. Susan Henry for BIOMG 1150 Human Genetics and Society, a class for non-majors. Issues discussed in the class involve complex scientific, medial legal and privacy issues, requiring students to track down credible sources.

“[She] provided students in BIOMG 1150 with access and understanding of resources and tools available through Mann Library to guide them in choosing a relevant topic, accessing the relevant literature and evaluating the scientific validity of the sources they will use in writing a paper that is a major requirement for the course.”

Professor Susan Henry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Experimental collaborations to enhance learning.

History librarian Virginia Cole collaborated with Prof. Edward Baptist in a new undergraduate course on Digital History – the first of its kind to be taught at Cornell. Cole served as an “embedded librarian,” attending every class session, guiding students to use the appropriate digital resources and tools and answering relevant questions about library resources.

"Working with an embedded librarian was a wonderful experience for me as an instructor. Our access to resources was immediate and well-informed because of her assistance. Virginia could help explain concepts, suggested ideas, and also was a role model for students (and instructor!)."

Professor Edward Baptist, History

Other testimonials

“This semester, I requested two sessions for my seminar to learn to use Google Maps and Wikipedia editing. Two librarians visited my class and also held a "hands-on" Wikipedia class at the library. To help students to work in these sessions they prepared a course study guide listing a number of resources that I found very helpful. I expect to request this service in the future.”

College of Arts and Sciences faculty

“Whenever I have called on the Johnson Management Library staff to help my graduate level teaching, they have always answered. I rely on them tremendously.”

Johnson faculty