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Instruction at the UMD Libraries

Librarians equip students for lifelong learning and success by customizing instruction sessions focused on developing information literacy, the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. Information Literacy instruction sessions cover a range of concepts from navigating library databases, locating open access and government publications through the world wide web, evaluating information resources for credibility, integrating sources into research papers and projects, citing and managing sources using free-source tools such as Zotero, and sharing new knowledge through our institutional repository DRUM. We invite you to partner with us in designing a research session for your students.

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We empower the UMD community for academic, personal, and professional success. We prepare learners to discover and synthesize information in order to create and disseminate knowledge. We create engaging, innovative, and flexible learning environments. 


We seek continual improvement of our teaching through creative, affirmative, and evidence-based practices. We strive to create socially responsible and civic minded leaders of our local and global communities, prepared to effect change through exploration, creation, and dissemination of knowledge. We collaborate with departments and groups across campus. 


Lifelong Learning

We value lifelong learning, which empowers our community members to be independent thinkers and doers and fosters the development of civic-minded leaders. 

Social Responsibility

We view libraries as collaborative and inclusive environments. Our actions are guided by a sense of social responsibility to our local and global communities.

Ethical Practice

We respect academic integrity. We empower our community members to be ethical participants in the scholarly conversation both as creators and consumers of information.


We contribute to the building of an inclusive community of learners by facilitating flexible, creative, and approachable teaching spaces and practices, both physically and virtually. 

Evidence Based Practice

We ensure that our expertise is complemented by engagement with professional literature, use of evidence-based principles, continual evaluation of our teaching practices, and assessment of learning.