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Zahnow Library - Library Instruction Services

by Kathleen Kroll. This guide will inform you about library instruction services at Zahnow Library. It also includes the library instruction request form.

General Service Information

Library Instruction primarily serves Saginaw Valley State University's students and faculty. It strives to enhance research skills and awareness through the use of discovery tools and databases.  Instruction sessions are most effective when focused on a class assignment.  In addition, we welcome and invite local-area high schools to schedule a research skills class focused on a junior-senior level high school research assignment. Please contact me and I will be happy to customize a session to meet your specific needs. For more information, contact Matt Buckley, Head of Research & Instruction Services at or at 989.964.2844.

Statement of Purpose

As a service of the Research Services Department at the Melvin J. Zahnow Library Saginaw Valley State University, the library instruction sessions strive to enhance the learner's ability to find, evaluate, and use knowledge effectively and efficiently, which is made available through a variety of formats, tools, and modes of access. Through guided visual demonstrations, lectures, workshops, orientations, and interactive "hands-on" sessions, students learn to develop and effectively apply proficient library research strategies to retrieve assignment-specific print and/or electronic information resources, in order to successfully complete course assignments

Scheduling Requirements

  • It is suggested to give one week or more notice for adequate collaboration with the requesting faculty member and efficient preparation and planning for the librarian instructor.

Library Instruction Request Forms