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Gordon Library Instruction Program

Instruction Program Overview

The Gordon Library instruction program is committed to collaborating with faculty to teach the research skills necessary to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and ensure the success of learners in the 21st century. We promote students’ understanding of the role of the library and librarians in supporting their research and ongoing intellectual growth. The information literacy concepts at the center of the library’s instruction program will provide students with the skills they need to become successful critical thinkers, effective communicators, and productive citizens.

Instruction Services

A critical mission of the Gordon Library is to design, deliver, and assess effective research and information literacy instruction to the WPI community, in alignment with the university’s strategic goals. Through the instruction program, librarians offer in-class instruction, consultations, and a variety of tutorials and research guides in support of teaching and learning as detailed below.

  • In-class library instruction
  • Research consultations with individual students and project teams
  • A research guide created for your course, with relevant resources and information. 
  • Collaboration on class assignments to help integrate information literacy and library research skills into the class curriculum. 
  • Library assistance and feedback on student work on the Canvas course page.


Faculty can request library instruction for a course (in-class, online or both), by completing our Library Instruction Request Form, and an instruction librarian will respond promptly. If you have any questions, please email us.