Capturing the big picture Academic library instruction across an institution

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Navroop Gill Elena Springall


This project report describes an internal scan of library staff involved in instruction in a large academic library system. 64 semi-structured interviews were conducted and qualitatively analysed in order to produce a summary of instruction across the library system, and both the challenges faced and supports desired by these instructors. The most often mentioned challenges included the wide variety of students and class characteristics encountered, limitations around time, and navigating faculty expectations. The supports described with greatest frequency were professional development opportunities to support instruction practice, a greater sense of community among those doing instruction, and increased awareness of instruction practices both across the library system and in the institution at large. These finding allowed the authors to form recommendations for the library system to help advance instruction in support of teaching and research in the institution.

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GILL, Navroop; SPRINGALL, Elena. Capturing the big picture. Journal of Information Literacy, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 3, p. 134-142, dec. 2021. ISSN 1750-5968. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 14 aug. 2022. doi:
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