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

Scheduling Requirements

  • At least two-weeks advance scheduling is needed for adequate collaboration with the requesting faculty member and efficient preparation and planning for the librarian instructor.
  • Effective library instruction sessions require at least one 80-minute class session; however, librarians are flexible and will adjust to the specific needs of your course assignment.

Statement of Purpose

As a service of the Reference 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

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 Scott Mellendorf, Research & Instruction Librarian, at mel(at) or at 989.964.7052.

Library Instruction Request Forms

Off-Campus Instruction

For Off-Campus instruction sessions please contact Michelle Strasz Research & Online Course Support Librarian at mastrasz(at) or at 989.964.7094. 

Research Librarian

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Scott Mellendorf
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