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Library Instruction

This guide provides goals, activities, planning tools, and instruction resources for planning and delivering instruction at Brooks Library.

Lesson Planning Checklist

In starting your lesson planning process, make sure to get some information from the professor you will be designing a session for. This will make planning a session 50 times easier. In your communications with the professor, maker sure you know or ask for this information:

  • Course Instructor Name
  • Course #/Name
  • Instruction Date/Time/Location
  • Length of Time for Session
  • Number of Students
  • Student Assignment Information
  • Specific Topics of Interest to be Covered

Email Template

Feel free to use and adjust this email template in contacting the instructor with regards to planning a library session.

Hello [requester's name],

Thank you for contacting me about setting up a library instruction session for your class. I'd be happy to put that together for you. In order for me to go ahead with planning this, there are a few details that would be helpful for me to know so I can develop something that will best address the topics and needs of the course. 

  • What is the section # and name of the class this session is for?
  • How many students are in the class?
  • What day/time would you like to have this?
  • What is the timeframe for this session?
  • Will the students have an assignment at this point? Can you attach a copy of their assignment or explain it?
  • Are there specific items you want covered in the session?
  • Would you like to have the session at the library? I can book us a computer lab here, or I could come to your classroom.

Thanks again for contacting me and I look forward to hearing from you!


If you recieve a request for instruction that is not in your department specialization and you're not sure who would be the best person to give the session, direct the requesting member to the instruction request form through our website.