Library instruction is available to all members of the Stonehill Faculty and to all students. Each instruction session is customized to a specific class, so even if your students have received instruction in another course, there are many benefits to additional instruction.

Librarians are available to:

  • Instruct your students on different research tools
  • Teach students general or subject-specific research techniques
  • Conduct a brief 5-10 minute introduction to a specific tool
  • Use a full class period to share advanced research techniques
  • Work with a class over the course of a semester as a research consultant
  • Be an online resource for your course via eLearn
  • Assist students one-on-one outside of class time
  • Design instruction sessions or collaborate on assignments that will benefit your students

Instruction  can be scheduled: 

  • During class time in your classroom
  • During class time in the library’s Instruction Classroom (Room 116)
  • Asynchronously as part of your course’s eLearn site
  • Asynchronously as part of a class-specific LibGuide

While library instruction can be conducted at any time during the semester, the Reference Librarians find that students retain information best when it is tied to an assignment they are preparing for or currently working on. Scheduling library instruction for a time you will be unable to hold class is also a great way to utilize that time.

If you would like to schedule a session, please contact your Subject Liaison Librarian directly or contact The Desk (508.565.1313 or We offer a number of types of instruction session, depending on your class needs and your schedule:

If you would like a Librarian to teach resources specific to a course or course assignment:

  • With advance notice, Librarians can plan a session to teach students subject-specific databases and resources, as well as research tips for particular disciplines. These sessions are shaped to guide students to the types of resources they will need for a particular course or assignment. We ask that faculty provide a syllabus and/or copy of the assignment a few weeks before the session; for these sessions, we strive to match classes with their Subject Liaisons when possible. If you would like to have your class taught by your Subject Liaison, it is best to provide us with 2-3 possible dates for your session.

If you are interested in having an on-line Librarian presence in your eLearn site:

  • Librarians are also available to your students electronically; if you would like to partner with a librarian who can support your students’ research via your eLearn site, please contact your Subject Liaison early in the semester to discuss your course needs.

If you are interested in an in-depth faculty-librarian partnership for your course:

To schedule library instruction, contact your Subject Liaison Librarian directly or call  508.565.1313 or email

MacPhaidin Library provides informational resources that support the College's academic programs. Its goal is to provide faculty and students with the material and services needed for effective teaching, learning and research.