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Teaching and Learning Services

Our Instruction Program Philosophy

Grounded in our commitment to intellectual growth, critical thinking, and active learning, the Santa Clara University Library instruction program engages students in critical inquiry to discover, evaluate, use, and create information. The purpose of the program is to ensure that every student acquires the expertise required of engaged, competent, and ethical scholars, citizens, and leaders in a complex and interconnected information landscape.

Santa Clara University Library instructors achieve these goals through systematic, integrated, and scaffolded library instruction, focusing on partnerships with faculty in key courses: core curriculum, writing-intensive, graduate research, and required courses for majors. We collaborate with faculty on research assignment design and delivery, course-integrated instruction, and the assessment of student learning. To realize our commitment to high-quality instructional practices, library instructors engage in ongoing reflection on our own pedagogy and actively partner with other librarians and faculty.

Santa Clara University Library's Instruction Program

In support of the teaching mission of the University, the University Library’s Instruction Program offers a variety of services to support faculty in their teaching and to inspire SCU students to develop comprehensive information literacy and critical thinking skills that contribute to their successes as students and as lifelong learners.

SCU librarians and staff can provide course-integrated library instruction both through in-person instruction and/or through the creation of online instructional materials, such as Camino modules, research guides and tutorials. We also provide faculty workshops related to various aspects of information literacy and assignment design.

To get started contact your subject librarian or one of the administrators of the program:

Melanie Sellar
Assistant Dean for Learning and Engagement