Teaching & Learning at the Library
The Teaching & Learning team at the UVA Library creates programs to enhance student learning and develop information literacy and research capabilities. It also supports teaching strategies and activities across the domains for scholars at all levels. Learn more about Teaching & Learning.
Jump to Teaching Resources.
Videos about How to Use the Library
- Navigating the Library web site (approx. 4 min)
- Finding a book (approx. 4 min)
- Interlibrary Loan (approx. 3.5 min)
- Getting help (approx. 2 min)
- Subject guides (approx. 3 min)
- Booking a room (approx. 5 min)
- Databases 101 (approx. 5 min)
- Searching Virgo (approx. 2 min)
- Recalling a book (approx. 2.5 min)
Some Research Basics
The UVA Library is in the process of developing research assistance materials. In the meantime, check out these tutorials from colleagues at other universities.
- Evaluating Sources for Credibility
- Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction
- Peer Review in 3 Minutes
- Boolean Operators AND/OR/NOT
- Boolean Operators: “”, *, and ()
View Fall workshops by category (PDFs): Advanced Research, Beginning Research, Getting to know Special Collections, Graduate/Faculty Workshops, and “Try Something Different”. Additionally, Introductory Library Tours are taking place throughout the Fall semester.
If you would like to request a Library instructor for a class, including sessions focused on media creation and editing, please request a Library class.
ACRL Framework and Shared Planning Materials
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has established a Framework for information literacy competencies that include six core concepts or ‘Frames.’ The Framework guides and directs our teaching and instructional efforts. ACRL has also created a Toolkit and ‘Sandbox’ for public use.
The Library has created this editable lesson plan (PDF) that will assist you with scaffolding instruction with an eye towards the ACRL Framework.
PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database) seeks to promote and share peer-reviewed, librarian-created materials. You can browse or search their database for reusable content.
CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments) is an open access resource for faculty and librarians that offers lesson ideas and plans for Framework-aligned content.
Information Literacy Grants
Faculty who apply for and receive Information Literacy Grants will partner with a librarian to align information literacy skills with course content and pedagogical goals. Students in the course will gain skills and experiences that encourage them to effectively find, evaluate, manage, and use information. Read more about Information Literacy Grants.
Teaching & Learning at the UVA Library
Mission & Values
The Teaching and Learning (T&L) Team cultivates an environment for continual learning and critical making practices. We draw upon learners’ personal experiences, challenge everyone to think critically, and encourage learners to engage with novel, varied research practices and technologies. The T&L Team is passionate about effectively teaching scholars from diverse backgrounds and promoting life-long learning, creativity, growth, and development while collaborating with our colleagues to connect scholarship and practice.