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Library and Information Literacy Instruction

Guide to library and information literacy instruction offerings from the Harper College Library, including online learning materials and options for working with a librarian.

Embedded Librarian

Our primary online instruction offering is our Embedded Librarian Program. Think of it as a Personal Librarian for your course!

When you request an Embedded Librarian:

  • You will add your assigned librarian to your Blackboard course (as a "teaching assistant")
  • The librarian will familiarize themselves with your course content and assignments
  • They will be conveniently available to students inside your course to provide expertise and personal support

Having an Embedded Librarian in your course is an extremely effective way to deliver information and help to students, and it can have a real impact on students' ability to complete research assignments and stick with their online courses.

Librarians can provide as much or as little support as you need, but some examples of how we have helped past classes include:

  • Place to ask the librarian questions in Blackboard
  • Virtual librarian office hours
  • Short custom instructional videos
  • Handouts and text directions
  • Research guides specific to the course
  • Synchronous sessions via Blackboard Collaborate
  • Technology/access assistance for students

Offerings can be combined with the other instructional options on this page, or they can be designed specifically for your course.

If you would like to request an Embedded Librarian, fill out our Instructional Request Form online.

If you would like to discuss whether an Embedded Librarian might meet your needs, email us at

Synchronous Online Sessions

For classes that have synchronous online meetings, a Harper librarian can prepare a "live" presentation. Presentations can be analogous to a traditional, in-person library instruction and cover a wide variety of tools and skills, or they can be shorter and more targeted to one or two skills or tools.

We can even stop by briefly to introduce ourselves and invite students to contact us! Sessions can also be recorded to post in your course site.

If you would like a synchronous online session, fill out our Instructional Request Form online.

On-Campus Instruction

The Library does expect to offer some form of face-to-face instruction beginning in Fall 2021. We're still working out details, but we invite faculty to contact us to discuss options.

We'll also continue to offer our full set of online instruction options, including direct work with a librarian. Because our face-to-face capacity will initially be limited, and because online library instruction is flexible, customizable, and "on demand," we encourage faculty to consider whether online library instruction, or a hybrid of online and face-to-face, would still meet the needs of your students. 

If you would like to discuss face-to-face instruction, please email us at