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About Library and Research Skills Instruction

The SU Libraries provide instructional services to assist all Syracuse University students in developing information literacy skills, or the "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).

Instructional Services

Sessions and Tours: Library staff are available to provide general orientations and tours as well as sessions on library resources and services, online research databases, the research process, and subject-specific collections and research skills. Faculty and course instructors may consult with librarians to design instruction sessions and/or materials that best support course goals. Sessions may include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and/or discussions.

Syracuse University Libraries offer tours at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Instructional Support for Faculty and Teaching Assistants

Librarians can help course instructors integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum. When class assignments require extensive use of library materials, it is essential for faculty to communicate with the appropriate subject librarians in advance.

Services to Visitors

Individuals who are not Syracuse University students, faculty or staff are welcome to use the Libraries. However, instructional services for nonaffiliated groups are limited to general library tours or information sessions. These services are offered only when Syracuse University is not in session, and must be scheduled well in advance of the instruction date. Please refer to the Libraries' Visitors' Guide for additional information pertaining to services available to nonaffiliated groups.


ACRL (2016). "Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education." Association of College and Research Libraries. (Accessed 7 October 2016).

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