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Instructional Services

Faculty and staff may call upon the Library to help them with their instructional endeavors. The Library is here to support the coursework and success of MSU students, faculty, and staff by providing instruction in research and library use. Our primary goal is to foster independent use of library materials and information resources.

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Instruction Options

Library Orientations and Tours

Schedule an orientation or tour of the Library today. These sessions are great for any entry-level course.


Research Instruction Sessions

Consult a Librarian to design tailored research instruction sessions. Theses sessions are great for higher level courses with course-specific and/or assignment-specific research needs.

Embedded Library Services

Bring Library services and resources into your Blackboard courses.


Library Science and Instructional Media (LSIM) Courses

Learn how to fully utilize the MSU Library and other information resources to answer your research needs.


Online Research Guides (LibGuides)

Collaborate with a librarian in creating a specialized research guide to your courses and assignments.


Learning Technology Lab

Get one-on-one instruction and assistance with instructional technology or ask LTL staff for technology-based instruction for classes and groups.


Learning Resource Center

Get instruction and assistance with the Learning Resource Center Collection.


Contact Us

For general questions or to schedule group instruction at the Morehead campus, contact Ray Bailey, Head of Instruction, at 606-783-5106. View our classroom calendar.

To schedule instruction at a distance, contact Karla Aleman, Distance Instruction Librarian, at 606-783-5114.

Program Overview 

The purpose of library research instruction is to develop and strengthen the information literacy of the students, faculty, and staff at Morehead State University and, when appropriate, the community at large.

What is Information Literacy?

According to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), an information literate individual is one who is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed;
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently;
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically;
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base;
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose;
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and to access and use information ethically and legally.
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)  Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, 2000.
Our goals are:
  • to provide library users (students, faculty, and staff) with research assistance and training;
  • to assist students in defining their information need (both academic as well as nonacademic) and selecting appropriate resources (both print and electronic) to meet that need;
  • to orient library users to the location of materials within the library;
  • to help library users develop the skills necessary for using various technologies to find information;
  • to increase library users’ familiarity with and use of electronic information sources, including library databases and the Web;
  • to help students learn to critically analyze and evaluate the information they find in print and especially on the Web;
  • to support faculty by developing strategies for incorporating library instruction and use into their assignments; and
  • to foster the understanding that learning is a lifelong endeavor.
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