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Faculty Library Services

Library Instruction and Research Readiness

Librarians arrange library orientation or Library Research Workshops as required by faculty. These sessions highlight library resources that students may find useful to complete their research and assignments. Faculty are asked to book their sessions as far in advance as possible to ensure Librarian availability.

Library Research Workshops are designed to meet the needs of specific research assignments. We find that students are most receptive to library instruction, and benefit the most, when the instruction is tied to a particular assignment or research question. Customized for the assignment, workshops will cover the topics as appropriate.

Librarians are happy to meet with faculty to discuss how an assignment can be tied to meaningful library research. Developing good library research skills (which includes the ability to: define what information is needed, locate information, evaluate information critically, use it effectively, and cite it responsibly) does not require that students write a research paper. Many alternative research assignments will introduce students to discipline-specific library research and, as an added bonus, do not invite plagiarism.

Librarians encourage the presence of faculty at workshops. Please send a copy of the assignment students will be working on so that we may design a session that will benefit your class.

The Library also offers a credit course LIBR 2100: Library Research. See the Undergraduate Calendar for more information.

Library Research Workshops

Library Research Help

Book a research appointment for help with defining a topic, developing a research strategy, or locating and using subject-specific sources. This service is available to all members of the MSVU community.

Not sure if you need an appointment? Visit the library to ask a research question during our drop-in hours or email your question to

Research Help & Drop-In Hours


If you need to make a short notice cancellation, please contact us at, or call 902-457-6250. Otherwise, you can cancel your appointment by clicking the button in your confirmation email.

Practicums & Work Terms at the Library

MSVU Library supports unpaid student work experiences such as, but not limited to, practicums, work terms, internships, co-ops etc., when staffing resources permit.  Priority is given to students with relevant GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experience (or enrolled in GLAM programs at other institutions). Preference will be given to students with specific skillsets relevant to current library needs. 

  • The MSVU Library cannot guarantee the availability of practicums or work terms.  
  • The student’s academic advisor or instructor will ideally contact the MSVU Library to ensure practicum availability ahead of time. 
  • Students must submit a resume and a cover letter outlining how their interests and learning goals align with relevant MSVU Library’s services and programs. 
  • If the student is not enrolled in a GLAM related program, they must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter, or through a project idea description how their skills and expertise contribute to the MSVU Library’s services and programs. 
  • Applications should be submitted to at least six weeks prior to the desired start date.