Library Research Instruction to Support Teaching

Library Instruction Leads to Student Success

There is compelling evidence for academic library contributions to student learning and success:

  • Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework
  • Library use increases student success
  • Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning
  • Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes
  • Library research consultations boost student learning

Read the full report: Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success

Library Instruction at UNE

Students may lack the critical information literacy skills needed to select and evaluate the sources they need to complete academic research. As Research and Teaching Librarians, supporting UNE students and helping them develop these skills is our highest priority. We can help students:

  • Understand the many different sources available to them, and what type of information can be found in each
  • Select appropriate resources for their research
  • Understand the scope of a database and perform an effective search
  • Evaluate the sources they find for relevance, currency, quality, bias, or other criteria.

We will work with you to design instruction to meet the needs of your specific course or assignment, or provide a generalized introduction to library research and our physical and digital spaces and resources.

Our goal is that all UNE graduates achieve our outcomes for information literacy.

Library Instruction for your students

We are available to meet with students:

  • One-on-one
  • In small groups
  • Remotely via Skype, Google Chat etc
  • As a whole class or program; in the library or in your classroom
  • As a single instruction session or on an ongoing basis

To learn more please contact a member of our Research and Teaching Team

Biddeford Campus

Barbara Swartzlander, M.S.Ed., A.H.I.P
(207) 602-2315

Sonya Durney, M.L.I.S.
(207) 602-2497



Portland Campus

Elizabeth Dyer, M.L.I.S.
(207) 221-4333

Roberta Gray, M.L.S.
(207) 221-4323




Cadence Atchinson, M.L.I.S., M.S.ed.
(207) 221-4327




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