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  • Standish Library
    515 Loudon Road
    Siena College
    Loudonville, NY 12211
    (518) 783-2545


Library Instruction Program

Information Literacy and Instruction

Catherine Crohan
Instruction Librarian
(518) 782 - 6731


The Office of Library Instruction coordinates all library instruction at Siena College for its students. 
The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

The J. Spencer & Patricia Standish Library offers a wide variety of reference resources, from print sources to web-based journal indexes to full-text databases, and more.  New sources are always being added.  Many students and faculty are unaware of the wide range of sources available through the Library, or are uncertain of how to use the library to best advantage.

While individual instruction is available through the traditional function of the reference desk, the Library Instruction Program provides formal group instruction, usually in conjunction with specific courses. 
Librarians experienced in teaching research strategies and skills conduct library instruction sessions.  The librarian teaching the session and the class instructor will determine what will be covered.  Generally, the goal is to familiarize students with relevant sources, teach students how to formulate a search strategy, how to critically evaluate sources, and how to make effective use of the sources they select.  Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the class.

For a successful library instruction session, we suggest that instructors: 

  • Schedule library instruction sessions well in advance.  Early reservations are recommended, as the calendar fills up quickly.  In order for students to be able to take full advantage of services such as interlibrary loan, it is best to schedule the classes for as early in the semester as possible
  • Provide a copy of the class assignment when scheduling a library instruction session.  Classes are much more effective when given in conjunction with a course-required research paper or presentation; students can then concretely see how a reference source can be used for gathering information on a given topic.
  • Attend the library instruction session with the class in order to participate with input and feedback, and to demonstrate to the class his or her sincerity regarding the value of research skills and information literacy.


To schedule a library instruction session, or to receive further information about the program, contact Catherine Crohan, Library Instruction Coordinator, at 782-6731, or email:

Instruction for Non-Siena Groups 

Our primary patrons are the students, faculty, and staff of Siena College.  Library instruction for other groups will be provided on a limited basis at the discretion of the Coordinator of Instruction and the Library Director.