Instructional Services

Preus Library, in support of the College’s mission, promotes information literacy for all members of the campus community. Library faculty guide the college community toward a sophisticated level of information literacy through helping them clearly express information needs, locate relevant sources, analyze those sources critically, investigate with a degree of innovation, and use applicable technologies to synthesize information.

Preus Library’s Instructional Services department provides a number of different options for teaching students how to effectively and efficiently locate and use information. Our goal is to integrate instruction in information literacy skills seamlessly into the curriculum. We work closely with classroom faculty in identifying ways how the library faculty can support the literature-based research goals of individual courses and departmental goals.

This is accomplished in a variety of ways, through designing and presenting a guest lecture for courses, identifying available and appropriate print and electronic resources for students to use, or serving as a research consultant for students. Additionally, library faculty will collaborate in designing and/or redesigning effective research assignments for courses. Library faculty use the Association for College and Research Libraries’s (ACRL) Model Statement of Objectives for Academic Bibliographic Instruction as a source for examining existing programs and in developing new programs.

All library faculty provide instruction; for more information or to schedule an instructional session, contact either your departmental liaison or Andi Beckendorf ( or 563-387-1227), Research and Instruction Librarian.