Read, Watch, or Talk: 3 Methods for Engaging in Library Instruction

Your Name and Title:

Michelle M. Powers, Manager of Library Services


Library, School, or Organization Name:


Career Education Corporation


Co-Presenter Name(s):


Rhonda Contreras, Library Director, American InterContinental University  


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

Schaumburg, IL


Language in Which You Will Present:




Target Audience(s):


Librarians responsible for creating online tutorials and classes would benefit the most from this session.


Short Session Description (one line):


This session will discuss how to determine the best delivery method for reaching distance education students.


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):


The librarians at the CEC Online Library, which provides reference services and library instruction to American InterContinental University Online students, work in a virtual environment where students, services, and resources are all completely online. Because of this, librarians have to carefully consider the mode in which research tools and tutorials are created and delivered to students and faculty. From research guides in PDF format to video tutorials to online library instruction sessions, the CEC Online library staff has several delivery options for research assistance. In their presentation, the speakers will discuss the decision making process for when and how a tutorial is created. The presentation will also address the following questions: When is a research guide better than a video tutorial? What information should be included in a video tutorial? When is a library class the preferred method for demonstrating search strategies? What are the varieties of tutorials created? How can online library instruction be the most beneficial to students?

Presenters will share link to some of the PDF research guides created, and will share examples of video tutorials and instructional classrooms through screensharing software in Blackboard Collaborate.

While this session aims to inspire participants with ideas they can implement for reaching out and helping distance learners, many of the concepts and techniques discussed can also be applied to traditional or face-to-face library reference and instruction.


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