Library Services Instruction


The DiMenna-Nyselius Library is committed to the educational mission of Fairfield University and the development of lifelong learners through our research and instruction services. We focus on the education of the whole person through our instructional, student-centered approach to research services that encourages curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and intellectual exploration.

We achieve the development of information literate global citizens through strong partnerships with faculty, our central position within the academic community, and by creating a caring and supportive learning environment. Our instruction program focuses on individual student learning, supporting and encouraging students to challenge themselves, and fostering an increasing capacity for learning and self-reflection. Through our adherence to the ALA Code of Ethics, we promote academic integrity, social responsibility, and the ethical use of information. Students are encouraged to engage with the world of scholarship through the creation and sharing of knowledge, and recognize and use quality information that best suits their information needs.

Policies & Procedures

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s instruction program provides course-based instruction, workshops, and online educational support to faculty and students at the university. Unless otherwise arranged, instruction is held in the Library Instruction Lab, room 114, on the library lower level.

Librarians will work with faculty to develop lesson plans that support course objectives and the library’s learning outcomes for students in that course and/or program. Faculty members are encouraged to begin planning their instruction early in order to get the most from their collaborations with the library; instruction requests and/or requests for course guides should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of desired date. Faculty engagement is essential for student learning; therefore, professors are required to attend class during scheduled instruction sessions and are strongly encouraged to work with librarians to develop appropriate assignments and lesson plans.

Questions or requests can be directed to the instruction coordinator, Matt Schirano or ext. 2587.

Learning Goals & Outcomes

The goal of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Instruction Program is to develop information-literate lifelong learners. We believe information literacy skills are an essential component of our students' development into scholars, informed citizens, and socially responsible individuals. Our information literacy program focuses on transferable knowledge and skills, and usually involves the formal teaching of the use of library materials and resources.


DiMenna-Nyselius Library Learning Goals1

Measurable Learning Outcomes 2

Commitment to Academic Excellence.

DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s primary objective is to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students.

  1. The Fairfield-educated student demonstrates an understanding of legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of information, including the responsibilities of participating in scholarly conversations and the importance of credit through proper attribution.

  2. The Fairfield-educated student demonstrates an understanding that the concept of authority in information sources is constructed and contextual and have developed their own authoritative voice in their particular area.

  3. The Fairfield-educated graduate student demonstrates an understanding that the concept of authority in information sources is constructed and contextual and have developed their own authoritative voice in their community of practice area.

Integrative Thinking

DiMenna-Nyselius Library supports a liberal education, characterized by depth and breadth within or across academic disciplines.

  1. The Fairfield-educated student demonstrates intellectual curiosity, employs an open minded exploration of complex research questions, and synthesizes ideas from multiple perspectives.

  2. The Fairfield-educated student creates a flexible, adaptive and strategic research process.


  1. Learning Goals based on Fairfield University Learning Goals, 2016                                                           

  2.  Based on ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education