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Faculty Services: Librarian Instruction

This guide outlines library resources and services available to GGU faculty including: how to place course materials on reserve, arrange for a librarian class visit, search library resources, and much more.

Information Literacy Explained

Information literacy matters

Information Literacy: "Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." — American Library Association

Why Information Literacy matters at GGU: There have been countless studies documenting the need for information literacy at school and at work. Yet studies also show that students, and by extension, graduates, are not using information effectively.

“Fostering student success”: The Business Library strongly believes that information literacy is too important in our students’ careers to ignore!  Student improvement also benefits faculty as these necessary skills are reflected in higher-quality work, and can provide lifelong benefits.


Invite us to Your Classrooms!

Librarians in classrooms

Invite us to your classes (in-person or online) to provide information literacy instruction that is tailored to resources your students need to do quality work. We also offer in-person, phone, or email follow-up for students as they work on their assignments.

Please email or contact your library liaison directly.   

Teaching tools

Online demos can be very effective for step-by-step instruction. We are happy to create screen capture videos showing how to use any of our resources.

Librarian presentations give your students a chance to get to know us and learn about library services and resources. Instruction will also include information evaluation techniques and real-world searching skills which include strategies for navigating online. Students are motivated to learn from these instruction sessions because they is directly related to their coursework.

Library Research Guides - What is a research guide? It's a way of providing research tips, books, and resources in an easy to use format. Browse our complete list of subject and how-to guides and consider adding some of them to the materials you provide to your students. Guides can be tailored to individual classes or assignments as well.

Course Development

Do you want your students to use high quality resources?

When you are developing curriculum or planning a course, librarians can help you identify the resources needed, including textbooks, recommended readings, and web sites. If we do not have what you need in our library collection, it may be possible to order new library resources that support your classes.

Our Librarian Help Policy

The Golden Gate University Business Library is focused on empowerment through teaching. We encourage students to become independent learners by demystifying the research process and demonstrating the strategies and resources needed to excel at GGU.

We do not review student work or take responsibility for the grade assigned to the work we have helped with. For writing assistance, please visit GGU's in-person Writing Lab or the Online Writing Lab. For clarification of assignment expectations, we recommend contacting your professor directly.

Business Library policies are posted on our website.