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Library Instruction Services for Faculty: Distance Instruction

Instruction for Distance Learners

IUP Libraries is committed to providing high quality library instruction services to distance learners.  Library instruction can be provided for your distance students using a variety of media and platforms. 


Videos and Tutorials

The IUP Libraries maintain a large collection of instructional videos and tutorials designed to teach students information literacy skills and concepts.  These resources can be easily linked in your course, in a PowerPoint, or sent to a student via email. Topics include

  • Identifying peer reviewed material
  • Plagiarism
  • Topic development
  • Using databases
  • Finding resources for research
  • Search techniques
  • Citation management
  • Subject specific resources
  • And more!

Browse the collection at the library instructional resources website.  If you don't see a resource that fits your needs, email Carrie Bishop ( to discuss the options for creating one.


Zoom Instruction

Have your students register for Zoom Information Literacy Webinars led by IUP's Library Instruction Coordinator Maria Barefoot.  Webinar topics include:

  • Research Question Development
  • Why can't I cite it like a website?
  • Search Strategies
  • Fake News
  • Managing and Synthesizing Information

To request customized library instruction for your online or distance class during your class meeting time, complete the Library Instruction Request Form.  


Embedded Librarian

Will your distance students be working on a major research project?  Consider having a librarian embedded within the D2L or Moodle course.  The librarian can give instruction, link to resources, and answer questions within students' familiar class environment.  Visit the Embedded Instruction tab for more information.


More Information

To further discuss the options for providing library instruction to your distance students, contact Carrie Bishop at