First-Year Instruction

The UT Libraries are a partner in first-year student success. Librarians lead instruction opportunities and develop customized learning resources designed for students enrolled in First-Year Composition, First-Year Studies, and Transition 201 courses.

Through participating in these experiences, students will be able to:

  • Identify and locate different resources, services, and support available to them through the Libraries
  • Utilize effective search strategies for getting started with research
  • Describe ways of evaluating information resources before incorporating and citing these sources
  • Begin to explore connections between their lived experiences and critical information literacy concepts
  • Understand how they, as researchers and creators of knowledge, impact the Volunteer community

Embedded Librarian Program (English 102)

Having a Librarian in your Canvas course can assist in integrating library resources and connecting with students for research assignments. Librarians will connect with the course asynchronously and will work with you to align resources and communication with the timing and needs of your students and your course assignments. (Librarians do not have access to course grade rolls or grading information).

Note: Submissions for the fall semester have now closed, and in the coming months, we will be sharing more information here for Spring 2023.

FYS 101 and TRNS 201 Instruction

For Fall 2022, the Libraries are offering FYS 101 and TRNS 201 students the opportunity for face-to-face or Zoom instruction sessions. Topics covered will include an overview of library locations, physical and online resources to support student success, and introductory search strategies.

If you are interested in an instruction session, please use this form to sign up by Friday Aug. 26. 

Student Workshops

Recordings from Spring 2022 workshops are available on the Libraries’ YouTube channel. These recordings can be linked in syllabi or shared on Canvas pages and modules. If you have questions about or input on future workshop opportunities, please email Anna Sandelli.

Specialized Instruction

The Libraries offer first-year instruction and consultation opportunities focused on media literacy and media-based assignments, as well as archival resources. Visit The Studio and Special Collections pages to learn more about these options.

Resources for Teaching

Contact Us

  • First-Year Composition: Anna Sandelli, Associate Professor and Head, Teaching and Learning Programs (interim contact)
  • First-Year Studies and Transition 201: LaTiffany Davis, Assistant Professor, and Student Success Librarian for Experiential Learning

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