Library Instruction Services

Library Instruction Services Mission

ODU Library Instruction Services contributes to the Library's mission by helping to advance information literacy and scholarship and to foster effective learning experiences for Ohio Dominican University community.

Instruction Services Available 

Did you know ODU Library's reference and instruction librarians offer research instruction sessions and general orientations for classes each semester?

Our librarians work with all kinds of classes – from English to Business to Philosophy to Chemistry to Theology and more. They offer a variety of instruction from general introductions to the library and OhioLINK catalogs, to in-depth search skills of our more than 70 research databases, to searching for and evaluating reliable academic websites. Instruction Services are available to all faculty and instructors at Ohio Dominican University in all undergraduate and graduate programs, including Adult Continuing Education and online degree programs. 

Course-Integrated Instruction

Before conducting instruction for a class, our librarians familiarize themselves with the course content and any specific upcoming research assignments. Then they tailor the instruction to the specific needs of those students and faculty. Librarians work closely with faculty members to make certain what they plan best fits the needs of the group. They offer online demonstrations, hands-on training in a computer classroom, or both. After the instruction session, the librarian will share assignment details with all reference librarians so any librarian who provides reference can become acquainted with the students’ projects and be better equipped to assist them.

Librarians offer the following course-integrated and assignment-integrated options:

  • Orientations and tours
  • In-class instruction session
  • In-class research consultation
  • Out-of-class workshop
  • Course-associated web page with resources, tutorials, etc. ("Library course pages")
  • Discipline-specific research guides 
  • Tips, handouts, and tutorials (view examples currently online)
  • Library-related Angel content
  • Other collaborative projects as requested

Interested in Scheduling a Librarian Instruction Session?

Information Literacy 

All forms of instruction services are undergirded by a concept of philosophy of information literacy. Information literacy can be defined as:

  • Knowledge of information sources and how information is organized and disseminated; and the
  • Ability to recognize when and how much information is needed in any situation and to locate, obtain, evaluate, and use the information effectively.

Information literacy is a combination of knowledge and a set of skills that forms the basis for high-quality research and life-long learning. As the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) notes, information literacy includes a thorough understanding of libraries, the resources they provide, and common search strategies. (2) According to the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education of the Association of College & Research Libraries, (2) an information literate student is able to... 

  1. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed. 
  2. Access needed information effectively and efficiently. 
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporates select3ed information into his or her knowledge base and value system. 
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose. 
  5. Understand many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally. 

Information literacy is reflective of the Ohio Dominican University's mission to "contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation" and its commitment to lifelong learning. Information literacy emphasizes the acquisition, evaluation, and synthesis of information necessary for proper reflection of self, the common good, justice, and truth. Consequently, information literacy is a prerequisite for learning to know and understand; learning to act upon knowledge gained; learning to live within the social, political, and cultural spheres of this world; and learning to be.(3) 

For more information on information literacy, visit our web page for the 2009 Faculty Development Workshop: Enhancing Information Literacy across the curriculum.

1. Reitz, Jones M. Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Libraries Unlimited, 2004. ODLIS - Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. 2004. 10 May 2006. http://lu.com/odlis/odlis_i.cfm#infoliteracy.
2. Association of College & Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. 10 November 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm.
3. Delors, J. Learning, The Treasure Within. Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1996. Cited in Bruce, Christine Susan. "Information Literacy as a Catalyst for Educational Change: A Background Paper." July 2002. White paper prepared for UNESCO and the National Forum on Information Literacy, for use at the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, Prague, The Czech Republic. 10 May 2006. http://www.nclis.gov/libinter/infolitconf&meet/papers/bruce-fullpaper.pdf.

Reference and Instruction Librarians

Christina Bonner
Christina Bonner
Reference and Instruction Services Coordinator
Education: B.A., German and Russian; M.A. & Ph.D., Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati; M.L.I.S., Library & Information Science, Kent State University 
Office: (614) 251-4585 |  bonnerc@ohiodominican.edu
Matthew Heller
Matthew Heller
Reference Librarian (part-time)
Education: B.A. Microbiology, Ohio State University; M.L.I.S. Library & Information Science, Kent State University 
Office: (614) 251-4585 |  hellerm1@ohiodominican.edu
Michelle Sarff
Michelle Sarff
Head Librarian
B.A., English with Minor in Business, Xavier University; M.L.S., Information & Library Science, Indiana University
Office: (614) 251-4758 |  sarffm@ohiodominican.edu
Shaunda Tichgelaar
Shaunda Tichgelaar
Collection and Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian
Education: B.A. and M.A. English, Arkansas State University; M.L.I.S., Kent State University
Office: (614) 251-4755 |  tichgels@ohiodominican.edu