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Library Instruction

This guide provides assistance for faculty members who want to include library research tools in their courses.

Meet the Librarians

Debbie Debbie Malone
Library Director
(610)282-1100 ext. 1253
Loretta Ulincy
Public Services Librarian
(610)282-1100 ext. 1346
Michele Michele Mrazik
Public Services Librarian
(610)282-1100 ext. 1612
Jess Burkhardt
Public Services Librarian
(610)282-1100 ext. 1443

Departmental Liaisons

Each department at DeSales University is assigned a librarian-liaison. These librarians serve to keep the faculty and staff informed of new services and tools available to them in and through the library. The librarians are available for consultation regarding collection development, subject-focused classroom instruction or co-instruction, class tours, reference services, and individualized single session or ongoing instruction as needed for faculty and students.

Dance & Performing / Fine Arts
       Michele Mrazik (ext. 1612)

Social Sciences, Education
and Business      Jess Burkhardt (ext. 1443)

Natural & Health Sciences      Loretta Ulincy (ext. 1346)

Math/Computer Science,
Philosophy/Theology, and
Humanities         Debbie Malone (ext. 1253)

Why Library Instruction?


Students who are assigned projects requiring library research often lack basic library skills or are overwhelmed by the variety  of information resources available in  Trexler Library. 

 Seeing the Library from a 1st Year Student Perspective 

The Library Instruction Program at DeSales University is designed to teach students how to use the resources available here while developing skills for lifelong Information Literacy.

The library offers instruction sessions tailored to the needs of your students and your assignments.  Instruction librarians will introduce students to the resources and search strategies that are most appropriate for their assignments, topics and level of expertise.



In-Class Instruction

CalendarWhere, When and Who?

All teaching faculty are invited to take advantage of our library instruction program and schedule library sessions for their classes.  Sessions may be scheduled during regular class time (evening as well as day) on the main campus in Center Valley as well as Lansdale and Easton.

To schedule a daytime class, please call either Loretta at x1346 or Michele at x1612.

To schedule an evening class, please call Jess at x1443.

Or use our online library instruction request form .

BookWhat can be covered?

We strongly believe that course-related instruction connected with a real academic need is more effective than stand-alone or disconnected tours and library orientations.  In our teaching sessions we emphasize concepts and strategies as a means to achieve our mission of educating information literate individuals.

Call us to discuss your classes' specific needs.

bulbTips for a Successful Session

  • Contact the library at least two weeks prior to the session to reserve a room and talk with an instruction librarian.
  • Give a copy of the class assignment and/or syllabus to the librarian who will be meeting with your class
  • Accompany your class to the library session and add your comments and questions.
  • Direct your students back to a librarian if they need additional assistance.

Integrating Library Instruction into Your Blackboard course

Provide your students with direct online access to course-related library resources by embedding links to these resource within your BlackBoard course site.   Possible library resources include:

  • Journal articles from a database
  • Direct links to databases
  • Subject-specific research guides ("Libguides")
  • Online tutorials
  • Citation guides
  • Online writing guides

Librarians can also provide research assistance and instruction through Blackboard.  Consider some of the following options:

  • Add contact information for your library liaison
  • Set up Research Forum Discussion thread, to be monitored by a librarian
  • Request a synchronous library instruction session via BlackBoard Collaborate
  • Ask a librarian to create a customized list of resources related to your course topic or to a specific assignments

For more information on including a "resident librarian" in your Blackboard course, please feel free to contact a librarian about this option of integrating library resources and services into your course site.

Link to library session assessment form

Research Help




Trexler Library service provides one-on-one assistance to help students develop a research strategy and find resources for a paper, presentation, or other class project.  Students can make an appointment with a reference librarian for individualized research advice. It is available to all students! We can provide this service in person in the library, over the phone, or via the Internet.

Sign up forms are available at the circulation desk, over the phone, 610.282.1100 x1266 or email at: .  Online forms coming soon!!!

Please recommend this service to your students as soon as you make an assignment.