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Teaching Support: Working with students

Information Specialists support the development of information literacy for students at all levels (normally through embedding of skills development within programmes) and also for staff – both individually or in small groups as appropriate.  This includes creation of information literacy support materials to meet a range of needs.  All information specialists are required to complete the University’s PGCAP programme for new lecturers if they do not already hold a teaching/training qualification. 


Student induction to library and IT systems in higher education is challenging. Students complain of information overload and often remember little detail. The induction programme is designed to produce a memorable welcome talk and a professional set of online materials and support to provide the details needed to become course-ready. The online materials are delivered in Library and IT Essentials course via the DLE.

For a more detailed look at the Plymouth induction programme see the article below.

Information Literacy

The critical and creative learner should be curious and resourceful, identifying and accessing appropriate sources, practicing effective information management, and using digital, communication and media technologies with professionalism and confidence.

Information specialists provide scheduled activities to support students in their studies at strategic intervals (e.g. dissertation). These include:

  • interactive workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars

Contact your information specialist to arrange a session.

Further sessions

Information specialists also deliver additional sessions to students on a range of subjects including:

  • Endnote
  • Copyright
  • Literature Reviews

If you are interested in these sessions or have any suggestions or requirements for further sessions for your students please contact your information specialist.


Communicating with students

The library uses a broad range of means to reach out and engage with as many of our students as possible:

  • Social media 
  • Online library guides (Libguides)
  • Attendance at staff/student meetings
  • Focus groups
  • Questionaires
  • Feedback comments boards

For a number of years the library has also been collaborating with students in order to produce teaching and information materials created by students and using the student voice.