Library User Education Program

As a part of its commitment to serving the university community’s research needs, the library’s Reference Department offers many opportunities to its constituents to learn more about the library and its resources. Library instruction is offered via classroom instruction, class lectures, individual instruction, and workshops and is completely customizable based on individual needs. Library users wishing to learn even more about the library and how to do research can sign up for the library's one credit course, LIS1001.



In-Library Orientations


The majority of library instruction takes place in the library, where students can be given hands-on training on the library's numerous electronic resources and be shown the library's collections and department locations. Faculty who wish to arrange an In-Library Orientation are encouraged to schedule the session at least one week in advance using the "Make an Appointment with a Librarian" button above.  


In-Library Orientations are typically tailored to class needs and cover research tools specific to the subject being taught. For example, an engineering class orientation would cover such electronic resources as the CSA Engineering Research database or the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, and would focus on reference sources and periodicals that are of particular usefulness to engineering majors. Reference Staff welcome faculty suggestions for resources to be included and will work closely with faculty to provide instruction tailored to students' needs.


Orientations are held on the 2nd floor of the library in one or both of the library’s training rooms, rooms 2102A and 2102B. Each room can accommodate up to 40 students and can be combined to provide training for up to 80 students.


What's Typically Included

  1. Library website overview
  2. Library catalog search techniques
  3. Subject database recommendations and search techniques
  4. Tips on choosing appropriate sources (magazines vs. journals, etc.)
  5. Full text linking via LinkSource
  6. Overview of Interlibrary Loan services
  7. RefWorks overview

How Much Time Is Involved?


Sessions can run anywhere from 50 minutes to 2 hours, depending on available class time and the type and level of session offered. Graduate sessions generally involve much more detail and longer class sessions.


What Can Faculty Do To Make This Most Meaningful to Their Students?

  1. Provide a full description of the type of research students will be doing.
  2. Coordinate the instruction to coincide with a research project that will require that students use library resources.
  3. Attend the session with the students to help reinforce the importance of the session and to drive home points made by the librarian.
  4. Provide the instruction librarian with feedback to help us improve what we do.

Class Lectures 

When class size is prohibitively large as to make an in-library orientation impractical, Reference staff can provide classroom lectures that provide an overview of library facilities and services. Faculty are usually more involved in this type of presentation and may coordinate the lecture with a Reference Librarian to include subject-specific content and assignments. Faculty members who wish to follow the class lecture with in-library training, upon arrangement with a Reference Librarian, may divide large classes into smaller groups and schedule follow-up instructional sessions in the library. To arrange a class lecture, submit via the "Make an Appointment with a Librarian" button above.  

Research Appointments

Individuals who need one-on-one instruction in the use of library resources are encouraged to schedule individual instructional sessions.  Individual instruction may consist of a general orientation to library facilities and resources, or may focus on specific research tools that will assist the user in completing course assignments or projects. Individual Library Instruction requests should be received at least one week in advance of need.  Please request via the "Make an Appointment with a Librarian" button above.  

Open Tours

Open tours are designed to provide new library users with a basic orientation to library facilities and services. An open or general tour typically consists of an introduction to the library's online catalog, an overview of library databases and services, and subject-specific instruction in library databases, if requested.  Walking tours of the library can also be requested.


Available by request throughout the semester, Open Tours are typically scheduled by the Reference Department during the first few weeks of each semester. Open Tours are ideal for students who are new to the library or who are returning to school after an absence and want to refresh themselves on services and location of materials. Open Tours are also handy for students who are not scheduled for a library orientation in any of their classes.


Students, staff, or faculty interested in participating in Open Tours should contact Lauren Newton for further information or "Make an Appointment with a Librarian" button above. 


Library staff periodically offer workshops on new library resources and refresher workshops on existing library resources. Workshops may be open to the public or may be directed to particular users of the library's resources. In the past, the library has conducted workshops for specific UNF colleges to acquaint faculty with electronic resources available for their disciplines and has offered training for beginning graduate students during the summer semester so that they can get a sneak preview of resources available to them at UNF. The Reference Department welcomes suggestions for future workshop offerings.

New Faculty Orientations

When a faculty member joins the University of North Florida, the Library tries to make him or her feel as comfortable as possible with our library and its services. The Reference Department is happy to arrange a personal orientation to the library that places emphasis on the faculty member's area of expertise. New faculty are provided information on library policies and the numerous services, such as interlibrary loan, that are available to them. New Faculty Orientations can be arranged individually or in groups. Contact Lauren Newton for further information.


First offered in Fall 1995, LIS1001, Beginning Library and Information Systems Strategies (BLISS), is a one credit, semester long course that investigates research strategies and provides hands-on instruction in the efficient use of library resources. Designed with beginning freshmen in mind, LIS1001 covers both traditional print sources and electronic resources common to university libraries. Although offered at the freshman level, the majority of students who have experienced BLISS so far have been graduate students or juniors or seniors. For further information on LIS1001 and to take a look at what has been taught in the past, visit the BLISS Home Page.




Contact Us

Instruction Librarians


Lauren Newton

(904) 620-1531


Stephanie Weiss

(904) 620-2431


Cynthia Jordan

(904) 620-1519



Request Forms


Library Instruction Request - Faculty