Binghamton University Library Instruction

About Library Instruction

The Libraries' instruction program supports the teaching mission of the University by educating students for academic success and lifelong learning. Librarians work with faculty and program directors to promote information literacy for students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Due to social distancing requirements, library instruction will be provided primarily online via Zoom or by asynchronous instruction utilizing online course guides and materials which can be provided in myCourses. Classes are customized to meet course objectives or prepare students for a specific assignment.

For more information about the following instruction services, contact Megan Benson, Lead Instruction and Outreach Librarian, at mbenson@binghamton.edu or 607-777-4803.

Types of Instruction Available

Course-Specific Instruction

Course-integrated instruction is available for all undergraduate and graduate courses. Most instruction sessions are tailored to teach students research skills and strategies needed for a particular assignment. Sessions that provide a general introduction to the Libraries' services and discipline-specific resources can also be arranged.

Fill out the Library Instruction Request Form or contact your subject librarian to get started.

General Sessions

Library instruction sessions are available for campus and SUNY programs such as Discovery, Scholars, EOP and Empire College. General instruction sessions are also available for small groups of faculty, students or staff on a variety of topics.

Personal Consultations

Subject librarians are available for personal consultations regarding specialized resources, specific assignments or other research needs.

Special Collections

Special Collections and University Archives welcomes and encourages instructors and their students and classes to use our rich collections. We can provide instruction and orientation in a range of disciplines and subjects, including general information about how to locate and use special collection materials for research purposes and class presentations on selected materials pertaining to specific collections, subjects, historic periods or genres. To discuss a possible class session, please send an email to speccoll@binghamton.edu, or submit your request here.

Tutorials

The Libraries offers a series of short screencasts that demonstrate how to use various library services, databases and research tools.

An interactive tutorial suite is available. The topics include evaluating resources, academic honesty, citing sources, finding books and articles, keeping current, using social media wisely, and using different publication types. Each of these tutorials can be completed in 15–45 minutes and can be integrated into myCourses.

More information can be found on the Library Tutorials page.

Library Outreach Services

Librarians offer informational sessions and participate in campus events such as the Campus Services Fair, UFest, Welcome Week, and Destress Week. If you are interested in having a library representative at your event, please contact Megan Benson, Instructional Outreach Librarian, at mbenson@binghamton.edu or 607-777-4803.

Based on availability, librarians provide instruction to high school students. 

Credit Course

The Libraries offer a two-credit course designed to help students develop research abilities and information literacy competencies which are essential for both academic success and lifelong learning. UNIV 180A: Critical Research Skills is generally offered during the spring semester.  Through readings, class discussion, and a variety of assignments that emphasize the research processes, students will learn strategies for developing manageable research topics, finding and accessing information sources, and evaluating information in various formats.