Library Instruction/Information Literacy

Houff Library strongly believes in helping each BRCC student attain information literacy as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

As such, we provide instruction to students and faculty on basic library concepts and the importance of evaluating resources. If an instructor needs more specific training, the librarians can tailor our sessions to address the specific topic that is desired.

We Kindly Ask Our Instructors:

  • To be present and participating. Cell phone or personal computer work during library sessions, by students or instructors, is not viewed highly.
  • To interject important points, as it demonstrates to students that the session is important.
  • To have specific assignments planned when scheduling an information literacy session. Research shows students retain more when the instruction is immediately applied.
  • To request instruction as soon as known to provide librarians sufficient time to prepare. At minimum, we prefer seven days advance notice prior to an instruction session.
  • To please give at least 24 hours notice if the session needs to be cancelled.

Through experience, we have found that the best environment to provide instruction is in a computer lab where students can practice using our online resources first-hand. This can be in a campus computer lab or in the library instruction area. Dual-enrollment instructors can also request a librarian to provide instruction at the dual-enrollment site.

For information regarding library instruction, please contact Kyle McCarrell ( or Holly Scarberry ( We look forward to providing our general information literacy session to meet your classes' specific subject needs.

For those classes unable to schedule a library session, our “Library Basics”  tutorial is also available.