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Instructional Services: Home

Resources and services faculty and students work toward greater information literacy.

Schedule Instruction

Instructors are encouraged to schedule instruction using the form below or by directly contacting a librarian.


  • Bill Grubb, 780-4672,, Portland/Gorham
  • Sarah Lucchesi, 780-5661,, Portland
  • Evelyn Greenlaw, 753-6541,, Lewiston
  • Maureen Perry, 753-6546,, Lewiston
  • Tim Lynch, 780-5156, timothy.j.lynch@maine, Portland/Gorham
  • Pat Prieto, 780-5662,, Portland/Gorham

The Instructional Services Program

The Information litere person can: Identify Find Evaluate Apply Acknowledge Infromation

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information,” (ACRL). Those skills are a required outcome of all Entry Year Experience courses.

USM librarians work with faculty to provide the instruction students need to succeed. Whether in-class or online, librarians  provide the core research skills training that supports learning at every level. The Research Skills Toolbox above enables instructors and students to access a range of tools that can help with such instruction.

Information Literacy Council

The Information Literacy Council seeks to provide counsel and guidance to USM Libraries in the exploration and development of effective techniques to increase information literacy throughout the curriculum. Information literacy is a required outcome of all general education at USM. The Council seeks to collaborate with all faculty members in designing and implementing instruction that will enhance student research skills.

The information literacy plan is provided below and serves as a working foundation for the program. Review and adjustment takes place annually.

Please check our minutes and our InfoSavvy blog to keep up-to-date on Council activities and advances in the field of information literacy.

2017 Members:

What We Teach

The commonly taught skills include:

  • Finding books and articles
  • Subject-specific databases
  • A detailed explanation of what "peer-review" means and how to find peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Primary vs. secondary sources
  • Evaluation of website and more
  • citing sources and the associated tools
  • Designing the most effective search for your topic
  • Obtaining books and articles not held at USM (Interlibrary Loan and URSUS requests)

Distance Library Services

USM Libraries fully support the research and instructional needs of students in blended and fully online courses.