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Library Instruction

Research and Teaching Librarians are here to support UNE students and help them develop the critical information literacy skills needed to select and evaluate sources for academic research – it is our highest priority!

Contributions to Student Learning and Success

  • Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes
  • Library research consultations boost student learning
  • Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework
  • Library use increases student success
  • Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning

From The American Library Association report: Academic Libraries Impact on Student Learning and Success.

Library Instruction Helps Students

  • Understand the different sources available to them, and what type of information can be found in each
  • Evaluate the sources they find for relevance, currency, quality, bias, or other criteria
  • Select appropriate resources for their research
  • Understand the scope of a database and perform an effective search

We will work with you to design instruction to meet the needs of your specific course or assignment or provide a generalized introduction to library research and our physical and digital spaces and resources.

Our goal is that all UNE graduates achieve our outcomes for information literacy.

Teaching Support

We are available to meet with students:

  • One-on-one
  • In small groups
  • Remotely via Skype, Google Hangouts etc.
  • As a whole class or program; in the library or in your classroom
  • As a single instruction session or on an ongoing basis

To learn more please contact a member of our Research and Teaching Team:

Biddeford Campus

Barbara Swartzlander, M.L.I.S., M.S.Ed.
(207) 602-2315

Sonya Durney, M.L.I.S.
(207) 602-2497

Portland Campus

Elizabeth Dyer, M.L.S., A.H.I.P
(207) 221-4333

Roberta Gray, M.L.S.
(207) 221-4323


Cadence Atchinson, M.L.I.S., M.S.Ed.
(207) 221-4327