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Instruction Services

Instruction Request

To arrange a customized library instruction session to meet the specific needs of a class select from the links below to contact the appropriate library or department.  Please use the Book a Librarian request if you wish to set up an individual research consultation.

A reference librarian can meet with you to discuss designing meaningful assignments that make use of library resources and services. We specialize in knowing what the library has available to support your teaching. Working with a reference librarian can ensure that you do not ask students to use outdated resources or resources that are no longer available.

Please see also Designing Assignments to Effectively Utilize Library Resources


Tours and Tutorials

Self Guided Tour of the Thomas Cooper Library 

Thomas Cooper Library Virtual Tour


Research Guides

Don't have time to give up a class for a library session? A reference librarian can work with you to develop a LibGuide specifically for your class. LibGuides are created by librarians for the students and faculty at the University of South Carolina. Each guide can lead to books, journal articles, internet resources, and more for the desired topic of your research guide.

If you are a faculty member or instructor and would like to have a guide prepared for your course contact us at


Faculty/Staff Research Consultations 

Would you like a personal introduction to the library system? Do you have questions about a particular database or want to know more about library resources to assist with a research project? Librarians are available for individual consultations, in the library or in your office. Please contact Marilee Birchfield, 803-777-4267.


Multimedia Classrooms

Multimedia classrooms are located on levels 1 and 3 of the Thomas Cooper Library. The classrooms are equipped with an instructor's station complete with projection, Internet, word processing, as well as DVD, audio, and VHS capabilities. Each classroom has 30 student stations with Internet and word processing capabilities. Depending upon availability, multimedia classrooms can be reserved by faculty and staff campus wide by using the form located here:


LIBR 101: Information Literacy (1 credit)

LIBR 101: Information Literacy (1 credit)

Introduction to methods and ethics of information research, with emphasis on analyzing and defining information needs and resources, creating and refining search strategies, evaluating resources, and synthesizing and citing information. Admission restricted to undergraduates.  LIBR 101: Information Literacy meets the Carolina Core Information Literacy learning outcome.

LIBR 101: Information Literacy is a 1/2 term course offered each semester and is restricted to students needing to meet the Carolina Core Information Literacy learning outcome.  Sections are offered online via Blackboard with the exception of several face-to-face sections offered each spring.  

Upon successful completion of Library 101, students will be able to:
1.    Analyze a topic in order to construct a research question and effective search statements.
2.    Identify the nature and extent of information needed in order to answer a research question
3.    Apply search methods in order to effectively locate and retrieve information from the library catalog, article databases, internet, and other information retrieval tools
4.    Compare information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias
5.    Demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal issues surrounding information in order to compile, organize, and present information effectively and appropriately

Registration and other related questions can be directed to Jack Turner, LIBR 101 Online Program Coordinator at or (803) 777-8280.