Library Research Instruction Sessions

Research & Instruction Librarians offer a variety of instructional opportunities to meet faculty, staff, and student needs.

"Students should develop the ability to use information and communication resources effectively, be adept at critical, analytical and logical thinking, and express themselves well in oral and written forms."
From Macalester Statement of Purpose and Belief

More About Information Fluency

All first year students receive basic instruction in using our library resources.  However, students often need more targeted instruction, particularly for sophomore/juniors starting work in their majors, and for students working on capstone projects.  We offer a variety of instruction opportunities including guest lectures, workshops with archival materials, one-on-one research consultations and course-integrated instruction. 

Course-Integrated instruction

Taught by your Research & Instruction Liaison Librarian, these sessions are developed with faculty to meet the specific needs for a particular course. Appropriate for all levels of students, the instruction may vary from the basics to the advanced.

New Staff and Faculty

Library staff will come to your office, or meet with you in the library, to review library resources available to you. This is tailored to your needs, but may include a tour of the library, off-campus access, library databases,  and interlibrary loan. Please contact Beth Hillemann ( for more information.