Schedule a Library Instruction Session
The mission of the library's instruction program is to help the UML community function successfully in
the increasingly complicated information environment.
Goals for Information Competency
In support of the instruction mission, the library works together with other members of the
academic community to realize the goals and objectives of information competency with the American Library Association.
What is information competency? Briefly stated, information competency goals include the ability to:
- Identify and define information requirements for a given research question or problem
- Construct effective research strategies
- Locate and retrieve relevant information using a variety of tools
- Evaluate various types of information
- Organize and synthesize data
- Present information in a variety of formats
- Understand the ethical, legal and socio-political issues surrounding information and information technology
The library instruction program strives to meet Information Competence goals by providing instruction to
students at all educational levels through an integrated approach incorporating a variety of disciplines and
learning styles. Our instruction activities and classroom sessions are specifically designed to support the
academic programs at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
- Individual reference desk assistance.
- One-on-one consultations can be scheduled for intermediate or advanced informational needs by calling
Lydon Reference (North Campus) at (978) 934-3213 or O'Leary Reference (South Campus) at (978) 934-4554.
- Library workshops and tours - scheduled throughout the semester trainings are designed as an orientation to the
specifics of the University Library and resources available.
Periodically throughout the semester, in-depth workshops are offered on a variety of topics.
- Course-integrated instruction - upon request of faculty, librarians will provide instruction in information
competence skills, library research methods, and the use of
information sources in all formats and various disciplines.
- Consulting Services - librarians can work with faculty to discuss library resources available to support course
assignments and can assist faculty in developing specific library assignments.
- Faculty Institutes - librarians offer a variety of special workshops for faculty during the
Winter or Summer Institutes sponsored by the Faculty Teaching Center.
Suggestions and/or Questions
We are always interested in your suggestions, ideas, and comments about our instruction services. Please
feel free to e-mail or phone (978) 934-4580 Rosanna Kowalewski
or Margaret Manion, Instruction Coordinator, at (978) 934-3211.