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Faculty Development

Resources for faculty to help in their research and teaching

Instruction Sessions

The library can supplement your instruction and your students' research endeavors with a variety of instruction sessions. Instruction sessions can be a one time meeting or multiple meetings. Please see the information below for the types of instruction sessions we offer and the methods we can deliver those sessions. To schedule an instruction session, please contact Amber Owrey ( or 731-661-5058) or Savannah Patterson ( or 731-661-6544). 

Types of Sessions

  • Library Introduction: These sessions cover the basics of using the library including using research guides, finding books in the catalog, finding books in the library, and using databases to find articles.
  • Information Literacy: These sessions cover can more in depth researching techniques and increase knowledge of how to find and evaluate information.
  • Citation Styles: These sessions give an overview of how to cite sources in the professors preferred citation style, usage of citation manuals, and the use of Zotero.
  • Assignment Specific Instruction: These sessions relate to the needs of students as they complete a specific course assignment and can include all of the above mentioned skills.

Delivery Methods

  • Face to Face (Jackson Campus): A librarian can come to your class meeting location or your class can meet in one of the library computer labs
  • Zoom (all campuses): Zoom meetings can be done as a whole class from one location or students can be sent a Zoom link and attend the session at separate locations
  • Recorded Video Instruction (all campuses): A recorded lesson will be emailed to you and you can upload it to canvas or email it to students
  • Embedded Librarian (online only classes): The librarian will be added to your canvas course and given the opportunity to add content or answer questions. Please contact Amber Owrey ( or Savannah Patterson ( for additional information about Embedded Librarians.

Additional Instructional Resources

Research Guides

Librarians can develop a research guide highlighting the best databases, reference sources, journals, and websites for your class. These guides can also include special tutorials specific to your discipline. To request a research guide for your course, contact Savannah Patterson ( or 731-661-6544) or Amber Owrey ( or 731-661-5058). Please allow at least two weeks for research guide development.


Reserves are intended to be supplemental material that supports a particular course. Reserve items are placed at the circulation desk by a professor for use by his/ her students. They are filed alphabetically by the professor's last name. Professors may check out a reserve item overnight as needed. Reserve items may be placed on either "Restricted Reserve" (in-library use only) or "One Day Reserve." An online Reserve Request form for library owned items is available. For other items, please use the printable Reserve Request form. Forms are also available at the library's information desk.

If you decide to send a student worker to register reserve items for you, make sure to fill out a reserve form and send the form with the student.

  • Pulling the library items you wish to have on reserve will ensure the availability and speed the process of making them available to your students.
  • Please plan to register reserve items at least 24 hours prior to the time you need item(s) to be available for your students.
  • Items that have been rented, checked out from another library or borrowed through interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve.
  • Reference books are available to all library users and will not be put on reserve.
  • Reproductions of print or media copyrighted materials may be placed on library reserves for one semester without permission from or royalties paid to the copyright holder. Faculty members are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for continuing to use these materials in subsequent semesters.
  • Complete bibliographic information should be included with all reproductions of copyrighted materials.
  • Faculty members are responsible for picking up personal items at the end of each semester.

Embedded Librarian

Librarians can be "embedded" into your online canvas course as an Embedded Librarian. Through this program, the librarian and professor work together to provide library related content relevant to the course objectives. The librarian can make announcements with helpful research tips, answer questions about research, provide research coaching appointments, etc. The librarian will serve as the students' research support. Please contact Amber Owrey ( or 731-661-5058) or Savannah Patterson ( or 731-661-6544), if you are interested in embedded librarians or have additional questions. 

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