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Instructional Support at the ODU Libraries

Supporting Remote Teaching

Are you teaching online due to the COVID-19 crisis? We are still here to support you and your classes! We can provide online instructional support for asynchronous and synchronous classes. Please submit a request form and your librarian will contact you to discuss options.

About the Instruction Program at the ODU Libraries

The Old Dominion University Libraries are committed to the success of students and faculty in their research pursuits. We strive to reach our users and to teach our student learning outcomes at the point of need in a variety of formats. We provide a variety of instruction formats and materials to support the development of information literate individuals, both for their scholarly journey at ODU and beyond.

The goals of the instruction program are to contribute to the academic success of our students by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to become informed users, participants, and creators of knowledge. Additionally, we teach and assist students, faculty, and staff in utilizing services and resources that are specific to the ODU Libraries.

By the end of their first year at ODU, the goals of the Library Instruction Program are for students to recognize that:

  • The Libraries are a resource for supporting their academic success and offer a number of services including research consultations, library instruction, and online self-directed learning to support them in their academic endeavors and to provoke their intellectual curiosities.
  • The Libraries provide high-quality information resources to support their course work, research, and to provoke their intellectual curiosities.

By the time they graduate, ODU students should be able to:

  • Articulate and contextualize an information need

  • Search strategically in a variety of systems appropriate to the research topic

  • Identify markers of authority recognized by disciplines, professions, and other communities of knowledge and practice

  • Evaluate information in a variety of formats to determine its validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, relevancy, and bias

  • Synthesize information with existing understanding in order to enhance knowledge or to create new works and knowledge

  • Use information legally, ethically, and in a socially responsible way when synthesizing, sharing, and creating information


We strive to meet these student learning outcomes in collaboration with our campus partners.




Association of College & Research Libraries (2015). Framework for information literacy for higher education.

University of Southern California Libraries (2017). Information literacy outcomes for undergraduates.

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