Library Instruction Outreach

TitleLibrary Instruction Outreach
Faculty/College/UnitUBC Library
Duration1 Year
Project Summary


  • Integrate the Library’s instruction programs into several support units emerging in UBC teaching. and learning communities, to improve information skills in those communities.
  • Create a network of communication between these support units, the Chapman Learning Commons and relevant Library branches, so that we can learn from each other and improve services to users.
  • Determine the effectiveness of this program and the feasibility of expanding it more widely.
  • Provide several students with the learning experience of working with particular teaching and learning communities.


It is well recognized that the ability to find and use information effectively is crucial for inquiry-based, life-long learning. The Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) opening in Main Library in January 2002 will support the learning of these skills, by providing appropriate hardware/software, one-on-one help and hands-on workshops. CLC staff will co-ordinate many aspects of the Library's existing information literacy programs, working closely with librarians in Library branches. At the same time, learning support is growing substantially throughout UBC, in facilities close to particular user populations. Several faculties have some kind of learning commons or educational technology centre supporting faculty and students. Off-campus, the Learning Exchange has begun to provide access to the Library's electronic information resources and services, for courses such as Science 101, agencies in the neighbourhood and other members of the community. These support units present new needs and opportunities for library instruction. By integrating our efforts with other support units, the Library hopes to strengthen the fabric support for learning and information technologies across the university.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2002/2003
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMartha Whitehead
Year 1: Funded Amount30,240
Year 1: Team Members

Martha Whitehead, Head, Information Services, UBC Library
Margot Fryer, The Learning Exchange
Joanne Nakonechny, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science
Ulrich Rauch, Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology, Faculty of Arts
Charlene Walsh, Educational Technology Centre, College of Health Disciplines