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Faculty Services: Instruction

Divisional Representatives

While we don't have formal liaisons to departments, our instruction team has the following divisional representatives who can work with faculty to tailor sessions or research support:

  • Division I: Julie Carter (
  • Division II: Emily Pearson (
  • Division III: Amy Blau (

As detailed in the Penrose Library Mission and Guiding Principles and our teaching philosophy and learning goals, the Instructional and Research Services department guides students through the research process, helping them develop critical thinking skills to conduct research, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry.

Scheduling an Instructional Session

We encourage you to request an instructional session with a librarian for your class. We work with students to help them develop search strategies, find and evaluate resources, and use resources effectively in coursework. And we will work with you to tailor our instruction to meet your specific course needs. Our program of instruction is developed in collaboration with classroom faculty to build general information literacy skills and is designed to fit into the framework of your course. Instruction provides students with

  • Information tailored to course projects and assignments
  • Exposure to discipline-specific research tools
  • Hands-on experience with relevant print and electronic resources
  • Experience with research strategies and information literacy skills

Instruction includes presentations and hands-on active learning components, as well as class discussion. You may schedule an instruction session in the Center for Teaching and Learning, college classrooms or college computer labs. Please contact Emily Pearson (; 509-527-5918), Instruction Coordinator, to schedule your session.

First Year Experience and Instruction Literacy

Fall 2024 learning communities' assigned librarians:

Games: Amy Blau
Climate: Optimism and Action: Emily Pearson
Shifting Meanings: Bridget Scoles
The Body: Emily Pearson
Storytelling: Julie Carter
Time: Julie Carter

To find sample instruction literacy assignments, please consult the GENS Canvas page. We are happy to work with faculty individually or with their LC as a whole to design research and information literacy assignments and/or join your class for instruction session.

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