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 orientation

Library Orientation

  • 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

Curriculum integrated instruction

Curriculum Integrated Instruction 

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

Foundational library skills instruction

Foundational Library Skills Instruction

Workshops or sessions focused on providing students with the foundational components to be successful at university level research.
Can include:

  • Instruction specific to an assignment or course project
  • 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

Instruction by topic 

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.

Library Support for Diversifying Your Courses

  • Decentre whiteness and Western values in terms 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.

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.

Inclusive:

  • 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.

Collaborative:

  • 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

Assignment Development

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

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

Asynchronous resources

Canvas Modules
UBCO Library has created a number of modules with assessments to use in class. These are meant to be imported into a course and integrated as needed. They are also Creative Commons licensed 4.0 and can be adapted. Below is a list of existing modules and instructions on how to import these modules. All of UBCO Library content can be found on Canvas Commons by searching UBCO Library.

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


UBCO Library Canvas Modules Available:

  • Integrating Sources
  • Introduction to the UBCO Library
  • Exploring Sources
  • Finding Sources – Basics
  • Finding Sources – Advanced
  • Citation Modules:
    • Introduction to Citations
    • APA Modules: Books, Journal Articles, Web Sources
    • MLA Modules: Books, Journal Articles, Web Sources
    • Chicago Author-Date Modules: Books, Journal Articles, Web Sources
    • Chicago Notes- Bibliography Modules: Books, Journal Articles, Web Sources

How to import modules into a Canvas course:

  1. Select Canvas Commons once you are logged into Canvas
  2. Search UBCO Library
  3. Select the title of the module you would like
  4. Select Import/Download

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.

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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.

CITATION STYLE GUIDES

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.

VISIT THE hub