Library instruction

Update for fall 2020 - COVID 19

As we finish our preparations for fall semester, Murphy Library would like to update you on the changes related to requesting and participating in information literacy instruction sessions. 

For the fall 2020 semester, all information literacy instruction will be offered online via Canvas and Collaborate Ultra.  

The process to request an instruction session remains the same. Any instructors needing library instruction for their classes should submit a request using the Library Instruction Request form. A link to this form can also be found on the library’s homepage. 

Once a request is submitted, instructors will receive a confirmation e-mail from within four business days. The e-mail will include the name of the librarian providing the synchronous instruction and a link to access a Canvas course specifically created for each class that is requested. Instructors should share this link with their students who will then need to self-enroll in the course. Within the Canvas course, you will have access to the Collaborate Ultra room set-up for your requested instruction day and time, as well as asynchronous resources like tutorial videos and modules covering an array of information literacy and research concepts that we believe will be helpful to students in every discipline. 

The library has also developed learning materials for students, staff, and faculty to use as a supplement to information literacy instruction. These materials include 

  • Library Guides offer guidance on how to find and use discipline-specific resources like research databases, reference materials, and reliable websites 

We’re looking forward to working with you all as we continue to navigate these uncertain times, and we’re confident we can still provide your students with high-quality instruction in an online format. If you have any questions related to information literacy instruction for the fall semester, please e-mail us at 

Information Literacy

Students who graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse need information literacy skills to enable them to become "life-long learners who will be engaged as knowledgeable and responsible citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world." General Education Mission Statement.

Course-related Instruction

Faculty and instructional staff at UW-La Crosse may arrange online, course-related instruction on research strategies and information sources related to a particular discipline or class project. Sessions must be scheduled at least one week in advance. To arrange for course-related library instruction, please:

Request a Library Instruction Session (webform)
Email our instruction staff at

Information Literacy Standards

Framework for Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education


All group in-person tours of Murphy Library are suspended for the Fall 2020 semester.