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Library Instruction at Chemeketa: Library Instruction

During COVID-19 remote operation, please see Instruction information on our faculty library guide.

Library Instruction at Chemeketa

picture of librarian helping student in a class full of students at computersWhat Do Instruction Librarians Do?

We collaborate with classroom faculty to develop course-integrated, assignment-specific lesson plans. Librarians tailor instruction to fit each instructor’s assignments and student needs. We offer assignment consultations and are happy to work with faculty on integrating research components into existing courses.

Library instruction sessions focus on developing information literacy skills and navigating resources for research-based assignments. Once a class has been scheduled, communication regarding the library instruction session(s) continues between the teaching librarian(s) and the classroom instructor.

Our goal is to balance a collaborative, individualized approach with an awareness of program and course specific outcomes. 

FAQs for Library Instruction

Is library instruction all the same?

Nope! Library instruction is unique to your class, and we teach library instruction sessions across the curriculum, from Biology to Writing to Physical Education and beyond. We work with you individually to plan a customized, assignment-specific lesson for each class, and library instruction is directly linked to research assignments and projects. This collaborative, individualized approach is the core of our library instruction program. And that’s why we spend so much time preparing for the sessions!

Do I have to be there during the library instruction session?

Yes. We ask instructors to be present during library instruction sessions.

What if I want a library orientation or tour? 

No problem! We are happy to provide more general library orientations and tours. Contact Library Reference Staff at 503.399.5231 or via email at 

FAQs about the Library Instruction Room

Where is the library instruction room?

The Library is on the second floor of Building 9. As you enter the library, you will be facing the Reference Desk and Instruction Room 240 to the left just past the general use computers.

Is there a limit to how many people can be in the library instruction room?

Yes, the maximum the room can handle is 40 students, and there are computers available for 20 students. If you have more than 20 students attending library instruction, encourage some to bring personal laptops. 

What is the library instruction room used for?

Its primary use is for library instruction sessions taught by librarians, as well as for seminars/trainings/workshops led by Library staff. When the room is not being used for those purposes, it is kept open as study space for students. The library instruction room is not available for bookings of regular classes. 

Options for Library Instruction

We offer face-to-face and online instruction. We are happy to work with you on finding or creating tutorials to embed in your course. 

Instruction Locations:

  • Salem Campus, Library Instruction Room 9/240
  • Visits to your classroom
  • If you book a computer classroom, we are happy to meet with you there
  • Outreach Centers and Campuses (Woodburn, Dallas, Eola, Yamhill Valley Campus, Brooks)
  • In CCN high school classrooms and libraries 

Email or call 503.399.5231 to schedule live, online library instruction. 

Information Literacy

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." 1 

At Chemeketa, faculty librarians provide instruction aligned with national and regional Information Literacy standards, integrated within existing courses, customized to be assignment-specific, and designed to encourage active learning. 

The Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of The American Library Association, provides more detail about IL standards and instruction here: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Detail about the core concepts of Information Literacy are described here: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education  The following core concepts are interconnected:  

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

The Information Literacy Advisory Group of Oregon provides these descriptions of the skills needed for students to successfully begin upper division, discipline specific research:
Oregon Information Literacy Proficiencies for College Students Who Are Ready To Begin Upper-Level Coursework 

  1. American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)

Scheduling Library Instruction

To schedule library instruction, please call the reference desk at 503.399.5231 or

We will ask for the following information:

  • Your name
  • Course number and title (e.g., COMM227 Nonverbal Communication)
  • Your preferred date and time for the library instruction (we will try to accommodate your preference, please schedule as soon as possible)
  • A phone number where we may reach you in case of emergency (i.e., your number, not a shared line)
  • Information about your course and the research in which your students will be engaged

Library instruction is most meaningful to students when connected with a specific source-related activity. After you schedule instruction, a librarian will follow-up with you to talk about the specific needs of your class. 

Getting Reference Help

  • E-mail a Question to Reference
  • Chat reference: Please use the form below
  • We recommend that you include an e-mail address so that you can receive a transcript of your chat and so the library can send you any followup help.


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Michele Burke
Chemeketa Community College Library
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305