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WU Libraries Instruction Community of Practice

Communicating with Faculty Tips

Possible Approaches to the One-shot Instruction Session (adapted from University of Pittsburgh)

  • Use the term critical thinking instead of information literacy
  • Imply/State that a critical thinker also needs to know how to find, organize, and evaluate information.
    • Independently of or dependent on the student’s level of knowledge of the discipline (generic or subject specific)
  • Emphasize that the librarian can complement the class curriculum or the research assignment by: 
    • Helping students learn to systematically approach new topics
    • Showing the students discipline-specific tools
  • Clearly communicate what you can cover for their class and any options for delivery or method
    • Make faculty aware that all critical thinking skills cannot be covered in one session