UBC Okanagan Librarians help teach and facilitate the development of skills that students need to find, evaluate, use, synthesize, create, and cite information sources.

What we teach and how

Librarians can provide instruction in-class, online, or through asynchronous resources. Sessions can be general, customized to course content, or co-led. We can provide single sessions or multiple, integrated or embedded sessions.

Library Orientations and Foundational Skills

Library Orientations

  • Typically aimed at first year, or new UBC Okanagan students, including those at the graduate level
  • Designed to orient students to the library and its services
  • Can be tailored to a specific discipline or course

Foundational Skills 

  • Building search strategies
  • Identifying where to search for a particular discipline or subject area
  • Analyzing and evaluating sources at the university level

Advanced library skills instruction

Advanced Library Skills Instruction

Workshops or sessions focused on providing students with advanced research skills to be successful at upper-year undergraduate or graduate level research
Can include:

  •  Interdisciplinary research strategies and components
  • Developing robust search strategies across multiple platforms
  • Systematic reviews

Curriculum Support

Library instruction that is sequenced throughout a programs curriculum to scaffold skills and learning in collaboration with program outcomes.

Librarians can provide instruction on many topics.

  • Information literacy or the “set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning” (ACRL, 2016)
  • Developing research strategies for annotated bibliographies, term papers, etc.
  • Citing and citation management
  • Evidence syntheses, such as literature, scoping, and systematic reviews
  • Source evaluation and discovery
  • Creative Commons and open licensure

Reach out to your subject librarian to discuss other opportunities.

Librarians can help you to:

  • Decentre whiteness and Western values in terms of who and what you include in your reading list
  • Provide sessions and/or materials on decolonizing citations and the politics of citations with your class
  • Support students in exploring parallel knowledge systems when they are looking for sources for their assignment
  • Provide sessions on finding, incorporating, and citing Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous authors
  • Lead discussions about embedded power, values, and bias in various sources of information

Reach out to your subject librarian for more information.

Your subject librarian can support you in a number of ways in creating your research assignments. We can:

  • Present opportunities to redesign assignments or create new ones that scaffold research and writing skills and/or embrace open educational practices (for more details see our brochure!)
  • Share common challenges or issues students encounter with assignments
  • Identify what research and source materials are available to support assignments through the library’s collection

Asynchronous resources

Self-Enroll Canvas Course

Contact Sajni Lacey with any questions or to explore the possibility of having something specific created for a course.

Course Content 

  1. Introduction to UBCO Library
  2. Exploring Sources
  3. Finding Sources Basics
  4. Finding Sources Advanced
  5. Evaluating Sources
  6. Citing Sources (includes an Introduction to Citing module, as well as how-to-cite modules for APA 7th, MLA 9th, or either Chicago Styles)

Enroll in the Course

Looking for something not included in our modules? Reach out to your subject librarian to collaborate on designing a module, assignment, quiz, page, video, etc. to be integrated right into your Canvas course shell.

Have questions about library instruction?

Contact Sajni Lacey, Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian.

Email: sajni.lacey@ubc.ca
Phone: 250.807.8190

Instructional Philosophy

UBC Okanagan Library’s instructional program is committed to a practice that is inclusive, context and evidence informed, learner centred, and collaborative.

UBC Okanagan Library’s instructional program is committed to a practice that is inclusive, context and evidence informed, learner centred, and collaborative. UBC Okanagan Library values instruction that promotes and encourages habits of mind for both learners and instructors that are critical and can be applied in different contexts; specifically, openness, exploration, and flexibility toward research and writing.


  • Support the creation of in-person and online spaces for learners to have unique intersectional experiences, abilities, and identities.
  • Reflect different points of view and contexts of authority within our instruction.
  • Recognize our own biases and worldview, and the value of other diverse ideas and worldviews within the information landscape.

Contextually Informed:

  • Develop research and writing instruction that is informed by the context of the assignment, course, subject, or discipline, and with the knowledge that assignment design and criteria can result in unequal experiences for various student populations.
  • Values the use of research and writing skills outside of the classroom.
  • Recognizes and acknowledges the historical and present context of colonialism within academic libraries.

Learner Centered:

  • Integrate opportunities for learners to reflect on their role as information creators as well as information consumers.
  • Design instructional experiences that incorporate learners’ individual voices and experiences.

Evidence Informed:

  • Design and implement an instructional program and individual practices that are iterative, reflective, and informed by scholarly and non-scholarly evidence, peer-feedback, and professional development.


  • Create learning opportunities that position students as collaborators in content creation.
  • Involve faculty, staff, students, and the community to inform the development and implementation of instruction.
  • Integrate with faculty and departments to provide scaffolded opportunities for learners to practice and apply research and writing skills in new and complex ways.


Statement informed by:

ACRL Framework
WPA Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing
Indigenous Strategic Plan
Inclusion Action Plan
UBCO TRC Commitments

Other ways that we can help

Course Readings

Your subject librarian can:

  • Review your reading list for availabilities through the Library Online Course Reserve [LOCR] system
  •  Help you find, adapt, or create open educational resources
  • Review readings across a program for duplications of specific readings and/or themes
  • Help identify materials based on your course and program needs to make your readings more diverse and inclusive

Open Education

Open UBC is a curated collection of resources for faculty and students to learn about open scholarship and what it means to teaching, learning, and research at UBC. Contact Donna Langille, Open Education Librarian, for more information.

Open UBC 

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Student using tablet to access study guides

Citation Style Guides 

Get access to helpful citation style guides and learn more about citation help available at the library.


Students in the library

Student Learning Hub 

The Learning Services Hub offers undergraduate learning support and is located on the second floor of the Library.