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Library Instruction: Library Instruction

Learn about Viterbo University's library instruction program, and then schedule a session.

Library Instruction at Viterbo

Are you concerned about the quality of your students' research skills?  Do they begin and end their searches with Google?  Can they differentiate between a blog post and a peer-reviewed paper?  The library provides numerous tools to help your students become better researchers, including individual research consultations, class instruction sessions, library orientations & tours, LibGuides, assignment collaborations, and video tutorials.

Library Instruction Lab

The instruction lab is located on the 2nd floor of the library, Room 240.  There are 24 computers available, as well as room to accommodate several laptop users.  The teaching station includes speakers, an Elmo, and a projector.  To reserve this room for your class, please contact Jodi Hilleshiem at  

Library Partner Program

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The Partnership Program exists to establish ongoing relationships between the library and academic departments.  The program is composed of library staff and faculty working together to enhance communication and improve library resources and services.  To suggest materials for purchase or to collaborate on a subject- or course-specific guide, please contact your Partner Librarian.  

Schedule a Session

Instruction sessions are an effective way to help faculty and students with any part of the research process:

  • In-person classes: Schedule a library tour, a session in the library's instruction lab (room 240), or have a librarian visit your classroom.
  • Online classes: Librarians can instruct individuals or entire classes virtually.
  • Appointments: Students, faculty, or staff can meet with a librarian for individualized help.
  • Subject Guides and Tutorials: Faculty can partner with librarians to create subject or course-specific guides to library research.
  • Video tutorials: The instruction librarian can create videos tailored to your objectives.
  • Please contact Jodi Hilleshiem at, or fill out this form to request an instruction session.

Things to Know

  • Library instruction is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ideally instructors requesting a session should contact the Instruction Librarian or their library partner at least a week or two in advance to ensure a librarian is available. 

  • Instruction may be arranged for a Saturday or Sunday. Please contact us several weeks in advance for a weekend instruction session.

  • Instruction sessions are most effective when tied to an assignment.  

  • We encourage either the main instructor or a substitute to be present during the class. We've found that sessions without an instructor often lead to unfocused student behavior. Also, there are often specific questions about assignments the librarian cannot answer, and this leads to student confusion or frustration.

Contact Me

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Jodi Hilleshiem
Todd Wehr Memorial Library
MC 114
La Crosse, WI 54601