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Library Instruction

A guide for faculty


About the instruction program 

This page introduces the library instruction program of the UH Maui College Library. This program continues to evolve with the changing landscape of higher education, changing online and face to face learning experiences, and changing user research behaviors.

UHMC librarians are department and program liaisons. Although liaison roles are flexible and vary depending on discipline, engaged liaison librarians:

  • develop partnerships between the library and programs and departments in teaching and learning.
  • promote library services and programs, including information literacy instruction, fair use & copyright, and OER support.
  • participate in meetings and campus events as appropriate.
  • facilitate problem solving in relation to library services.

 Contact your instruction librarian

  • Jeffrey Marzluft: English Department, Allied Health, CTE programs, and Library Instruction Coordinator
  • Shavonn Matsuda: Humanities with an emphasis on Hawaiian Studies 
  • Ellen Peterson: STEM, Business, Social Sciences, ABIT and SSM Capstones

Instruction customization 

Your librarian is available to create custom instruction sessions as well as class or course research guides. Visit the Research Guides page to view course, subject and topic research guides. 

Instructional Sessions can be customized for faculty objectives and student needs.  Below is a list of "a la carte" sessions available: 

Teaching and learning best practices

Instruction librarians collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the libraries on planning, delivering, improving, and assessing information literacy initiatives within the context of the larger curriculum of the college.

Best practices for librarians:


  • Understand basic principles of instructional and assignment design appropriate to information literacy instruction. 
  • Develop effective instructional sessions and provide alternative learning opportunities (research consultations, library guides, etc.). 
  • Develop learning materials in a variety of formats for a variety of teaching situations (e.g., materials for faculty or teaching assistants to use for class sessions).
  • Teach classes effectively using a variety of pedagogies.

Information Literacy

  • Promote understanding among faculty and other teaching staff about approaches to integrating information literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum.
  • Understand basic copyright principles and recognize basic areas of application (e.g. fair use scenarios and face-to-face teaching exceptions).
  • Analyze curriculum within assigned subject areas and prepare curriculum maps or other curriculum plans for information literacy competencies.
  • Communicate with teaching faculty on timing, purpose, and learning outcomes for information literacy instruction.
  • Use learning outcomes for information literacy appropriate to their disciplines.
  • Create learning environments using appropriate learning technologies or systems.


  • Use program and CASLO assessment data to plan new areas of instructional initiative.
  • Use appropriate assessment techniques to gather and analyze information on student learning and information needs in preparing instruction.
  • Perform regular teaching self-assessments.