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Library Instruction

Instruction Request Guidelines

Librarians are currently working with faculty to organize library instruction for individual courses, both in synchronous and asynchronous formats. Instructors who would like to book a library instruction session are welcome to fill out and submit the form below, or contact a liaison librarian directly. 

Information literacy (IL) is at the centre of what VIU Library does in the University. IL is one of the pillars in VIU’s Graduate Attributes, and there it refers to “the ability to find and critically evaluate relevant information and its sources, and to synthesize the information with existing knowledge” (Vancouver Island University, 1). IL intersects with, relates to, and relies on many Library activities.

Booking Guidelines

  • All sessions need to be arranged in advance so that there is a sufficient amount of time for the librarian to work with the instructor to tailor specific learning objectives and outcomes.
  • Additional notice is required for upper-level courses or classes that take place on evenings, weekends, or summer sessions.
  • Plan to attend synchronous library instruction sessions with your students, as sessions cannot be held if the instructor is not present.
  • Important information for First-year courses: VIU Library's Degree English Requirement (DER) instruction program ensures that most first-year students get introductory library instruction in ENGL 115 courses, and prevents the same first-year student in more than one very similar library session. Prior to requesting library instruction for a first-year course, please verify if students have already received library instruction before considering if further library instruction is required.

A librarian will contact you by phone or email to confirm your booking request and discuss details and format of virtual instruction. If you have any questions, please email

Virtual Library Instruction Request Form

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