Clemson University Library Instruction

The ability to retrieve and assess relevant and reliable information is an important lifelong skill for students, faculty, and the South Carolina community at large. One of the library's core missions is to teach its users how to search through the overwhelming volume of available material for what they need and to critically think about what they've found.

Among the Libraries' instruction and orientation activities are:

  • CU 1000: Clemson Connect Tutorials
    All entering students, both freshmen and transfer students, are enrolled in this course which includes a library component.  This extended orientation also includes the Summer Reading Program, a OneClemson workshop, and an introduction to computing at Clemson.
  • Subject-specific classes
    The subject liaison librarians meet with classes and prepare class handouts and/or webpages to support research needs of specific courses.
  • Context-specific instruction of remote users
    The Libraries' webpages are designed to provide explanations of library resources and services linked at all points where users might be looking for the. This web-based information is supplemented by email, instant-message chat and toll-free telephone support for any questions.
  • Freshman, Transfer, Graduate student, and faculty orientation
    The Libraries attend new student and faculty orientations to answer questions and pass out library guides and other written material.

The University Libraries continually assess their instruction practices and revise their methods for helping users learn how to find and use information. Instruction plans under development include podcasts, video modules, and interactive online tutorials. A goal of future instruction activities is also to work with departmental faculty to more closely integrate information skills activities into student coursework - the teaching faculty and librarians can develop meaningful assignments and exercises together that will give students practice in using the Libraries' research resources that is directly applied to their current subject of study.

Instruction Librarian

Anne Grant
405 Cooper Library
(864) 656-6079

Instructional Designer

Diana Finkle
404B Cooper Library
(864) 656-6374

Instruction Assistant

Kimberly Gillespie
406 Cooper Library
(864) 656-0635