Instruction Policies

Library Instruction Sessions

Course instructors must be present at library instruction sessions.  An instructor’s presence reinforces the importance of the session and enhances student student learning and motivation.  Instructors can also provide additional insight, and answer assignment-related questions.  Sessions are also good opportunities for instructors to learn about the resources - which may be new or re-designed - that their students will use.

Sessions must be scheduled at least 10 business days in advance.  This allows time for librarians and instructors to discuss the contents and goals of sessions, and for librarians to adequately prepare for sessions, especially during peak instruction times.

Sessions at the main River Forest campus will be held in the Library computer classroom, Crown 111, whenever possible.  If Crown 111 is not available, the librarian will reserve another computer classroom on campus.  If a class meets regularly in a computer classroom, the session will be held in the regular classroom. Librarians can also bring a laptop cart (available by checkout through IT) to classrooms with a smartboard or projector.

Sessions for classes that do not meet on the main campus will be taught at the usual class location. Sessions for online classes will be taught online using Collaborate, WebEx, or another online meeting tool. Instruction for asynchronous online courses will be recorded for access by students who cannot attend the live session.

Information Literacy Embedded in the Curriculum

Students fulfill the information literacy graduation requirement through library instruction sessions embedded in their ENG 102, ENG 190 or SPCS 200 course.  Students who place out of ENG 102 must register for the Information Access Workshop during their first semester at Dominican to fulfill the requirement.  Transfer students who place out of ENG 102 or ENG 190 can take the information literacy placement test online during their first semester at Dominican to fulfill the requirement.  Transfer students who opt not to not take or who take and do not pass the test must enroll in the Information Access Workshop.  All BA Legal Studies students must take SPCS 200.  

Students enrolled in ENG 102 or ENG 190 and students who register for the placement test or Information Access Workshop will see “Information Access Workshop” on their schedules. A pass/fail (EF/ES) grade for the Workshop is entered by the librarian.

Open Workshops

Workshops are available for current Dominican students, faculty and staff only. Attendees must register at least 24 hours prior to the workshop.  If fewer than three people have registered for an in-person workshop, the workshop will not take place and registrants will be encouraged to attend an online workshop.  Online workshops will be held regardless of the number of registrants.  Workshop topics are subject to change each semester.