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PBC Library

The NAU library website for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library

Instructional Support

Teaching support

Bring an information expert into any of your PBC classes to effectively teach students how to find, critically evaluate, and use information. Request a library instruction session by contacting catherine lockmiller and/or filling out the Library Instruction Request Form.

Instruction can come in many forms, including:

  • learning exercises that will enable students to find, evaluate, and use information effectively.
  • hands-on instruction of health science research tools, such as PubMed, as well as point-of-care applications like UpToDate.
  • live assistance and guidance for citation management applications like RefWorks
  • explanations and guidance on review types (systematic reviews, scoping reviews, narrative reviews, literature reviews, etc.)
  • online research guides or tutorials specific to your classes or programs.
  • research consultations for individuals or groups.

PBC Library offers support for online classes

As NAU has increased its online and blended course offerings, librarians have also increased their support for the development of research skills, critical thinking, and student learning in the online environment.

Course reserves

  • Digitized streaming media
    • PBC Library can create digitized copies of university owned media. The content will be available to your students through BBLearn.
  • Electronic reserves
    • PBC Library can digitize copies of articles, book chapters and other print resources. The content will then be available to your students through BBLearn.
    • NOTE: when beginning the electronic reserves process, please fill out the Reserves Request Form.
  • Find electronic reading and media
    • Your PBC librarian can teach you to identify useful online resources available from the library, such as journal articles and streaming video, and teach you how to find alternatives if needed.

Integrating research skills into assignments

Your PBC librarian can review course assignments to identify and incorporate research and critical thinking skills into your class. i can work with you to:

  • Think through an assignment from a research skills perspective
  • Verify if resources needed to complete the assignment are available through the Cline or PBC Library
  • Develop curricula and learning exercises for your class that strengthen the skills of your students
  • Encourage your students to talk to a librarian before they start a research assignment
  • Create course guides

Course guides

Your PBC librarian can work with you to direct students to the best resources for successfully completing assignments, along with instructional elements on how to most effectively use those resources. i can work with instructors to build guides tailored to the needs of specific courses. These can then be linked directly in BBLearn.

Create tutorials

i can work with instructors to build tutorials tailored to the needs of a course. Tutorials will enable students to learn about a particular research skill or concept, how to use a library resource, or think critically about information.

Building Information Literacy

Information practices are increasingly calling for renewed attention to metaliteracy, or thinking about what it is that makes literacy happen. In scholarly work across all levels of academia, literacy is irrevocably tied to information search, collection, analysis, and creation.When we teach to each of these information behaviors, we build abilities and critical self-reflection skills in ourselves and in our students. 

This is the goal of information literacy instruction as defined through the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (The ACRL Framework). Following from The ACRL Framework, PBC Library promotes information literacy as the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

PBC Library supports the above definition of information literacy by providing instruction in six core concepts defined by in The ACRL Framework:

  • Inquiry-driven research (Inquiry)
  • Strategic search exploration (Strategy)
  • Information has value (Value)
  • Authority is constructed and contextual (Authority)
  • Information Creation as process (Creation)
  • Scholarship as conversation (Conversation)

Working in unison, each of these concepts provokes increased information literacy. Because all six involve intensive learning processes, it is in the best interests of students, faculty, and the wider research community for instructions to focus on developing understanding and knowledge practices for each at different times, and at every stage of learning. 

PBC Library teaching support

Your PBC librarian provides course-related research instruction for all courses at PBC. In order to ensure the best experience for your students i request the following:

  • Plan to request instruction sessions 14 days in advance.
  • Plan to attend the library instruction session with your students.
  • Send the library research assignment to the librarian at least seven days in advance.

Instruction request form

Please fill out the following form for all library instruction requests, including online teaching support. As always, do not hesitate to call, email, or visit if you have any questions!


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Information Literacy Core Concepts

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