Faculty Support


Services of the Instruction Team

Brendan Higgins (bhiggins@berklee.edu) and Stacey Snyder (ssnyder3@berklee.edu) will be providing many of the same services as Madelyn Washington and Rachel Rome have in the past. In addition, our team looks forward to expanding our suite of services to faculty. These will include help in designing new active learning approaches to library literacy and life-long learning, as well as in-person course instruction, workshops, and online learning modules.

Both Brendan and Stacey will be available to help faculty by teaching library instruction sessions for classes, by working individually with faculty or students in research support, and by creating and running workshops for groups. Please feel free to contact them at your earliest convenience to make arrangements for your library instruction sessions for Fall 2019 courses.


List of Services

  • Provide one-on-one reference help to students, faculty or staff
  • Walk-up service at "Information Point" Ask Me
  • Individual Appointments (can be up to one hour per session)
  • Create workshops on use and function of library resources
  • Help with developing learning objects for courses 
  • In-person library literacy sessions
  • Provide online learning modules for classes
  • Create library subject or course guides 
  • Help design new active learning approaches to share in classrooms
  • Assist or train faculty in literature searches or reviews (up to ten hours per semester per faculty)
  • Assist or train faculty in special research projects (up to ten hours per semester per faculty)


Request Library Instruction for Classes

Librarians provide instruction for on campus, hybrid, and online courses, engaging students in active learning whenever possible. Contact your Instruction Librarian to request an instruction session and discuss your instructional goals, or use the form to request instruction.  

  • Tailor instruction to meet course assignment outcomes
  • Available in the library or in your classroom


Help Faculty Integrate Information Literacy into Curriculum

Design lessons, activities, and assignments focused on increasing students' ability to find, use, and evaluate information.


Help Faculty Integrate Research Skills into Your Particular Course

What research skills will students need in order to be successful in your course? Your librarian will review course assignments to identify and incorporate scaffolded research and critical thinking skills into your class. 


Help Faculty Design Research Assignments

Effective research assignments help your students to develop an appropriate topic, think critically about information resources, and responsibly utilize resources. Your subject librarian can partner with you to:

  • Think through an assignment from a research skills perspective
  • Verify if resources needed to complete the assignment are available through the Library
  • Arrange research support for your students (e.g., in-class session, and online course guides)


Help Faculty with Support for Online Instruction

Librarians can work closely with instructors in the development of online courses to support the development of research skills and critical thinking of our online students. 


Guides & Tutorials for Instructional Support

Online guides and tutorials support students in discovering discipline-related resources, and learn research skills and concepts. Librarians often work with instructors to build guides and tutorials tailored to specific courses, which can be linked directly to a course. Additionally, librarians create instructional videos for instructors to utilize in the classroom or online. 


Create Custom Research Guides

Research guides provide links to pre-selected library resources, instructional videos, and tutorials for a specific course or subject area. You can request an Instruction Librarian to create or help you create a guide for your classes. 



Librarians can offer sessions on library resources and tools.


Introduce Library Services, Resources & Spaces

  • Library Tour
  • Library Introduction Guide


Library Learning Outcomes and Information Literacy Framework

Berklee Librarians develop instruction based on our Library Learning Outcomes and the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. 


Faculty Library Services Q&A

Q: How do I put my materials on Course Reserve?
A: To request that an item be placed on course Reserve at the Libraries, go to: http://bit.ly/BerkleeCourseReserves and fill out the form. If you need further information, please contact: Brendan Higgins bhiggins@berklee.edu


Q: How do students search for the Reserve materials?
A: Students can search by course or faculty name for class Reserves in the Berklee “Reserve Bookroom” online: https://lrweb.berklee.edu/resources;


Q: What if I need the library to purchase an item?
A: To request the Libraries purchase an item, go to: http://bit.ly/BerkleeLibraryPurchase. (While not every request can be fulfilled, the Libraries strive to grant most faculty purchase requests.) For further information, or to discuss a needed title, please contact: Brendan Higgins  bhiggins@berklee.edu


Q: How long can I borrow books and scores?
A: Faculty can check out 20 scores, books, Learning DVDs, and play-along CDs for one semester, and 10 DVDs and CDs for seven days. Faculty may check out their Reserve items overnight. Reserve items for another faculty member may only have extended use for more than two-hours with permission of that faculty member.


Q: What if my item is checked out already?
A: Faculty can place an item on hold through the catalog at: https://catalog.berklee.edu by clicking on "My Account.” Holds can be placed on all non-Reserve media items regardless of their current availability. These items will remain available for pick up by the faculty's name for 2 days after notification.  Scores, books, and Learning DVDs that are not on Reserve can be renewed and placed on hold if no copies are currently available, and will remain available for pick up for 7 days after notification. Faculty will receive an automated email when each item is available. 


Q: Can someone show me the databases available for library research or for using in my classes?
A: Yes! You can arrange an appointment with one of our Instruction Librarians Stacey Snyder (ssnyder3@berklee.edu) or Brendan Higgins (bhiggins@berklee.edu) to get one-on-one help with learning any of several hundred databases available at Berklee. These include streaming media, journal and other full text databases, along with numerical and statistical databases covering a wide variety of subjects from business to ethnomusicology to music therapy.


Q: Do you offer any workshops or training on the library’s resources?
A: Yes! Our Instruction Librarian team will be running various workshops throughout the year. You can contact them for information, or request to be contacted for workshops and events. The Faculty and Staff Newsletter will also cover information about upcoming workshops and library events. For more information, contact Stacey Snyder (ssnyder3@berklee.edu) Instructional Design & Liaison Librarian, Brendan Higgins (bhiggins@berklee.edu) Faculty Liaison and Outreach Librarian, or Judith Pinnolis (jpinnolis@berklee.edu) Associate Director, Instruction and Engagement


Q: How can I get a librarian to visit my classes and teach library research to my students?
A: Contact Brendan Higgins (bhiggins@berklee.edu) with your interest in having a training session for your class in library research skills. One of our Instruction Librarian Team members will be available to schedule a class session with you.


Q: What resources does Berklee's Archives offer for research and use in the classroom?
A: The Berklee Archives preserves materials that document the history, activities, and contributions of Berklee and Boston Conservatory’s academic and administrative departments, faculty, students, and alumni, with additional special collections in jazz and popular music. Areas of emphasis include the Schillinger System of Musical Composition, and the history of jazz in Boston. Available collections include oral histories, concert programs, event recordings, original scores and arrangements, faculty teaching materials, photos, news clippings, and more! Archival collections are accessible by appointment (archives@berklee.edu). Select digital collections are online at (archives.berklee.edu).


Q: Is there a place my students can watch films or videos in the Library?
A: Yes! The Library currently has a Learning Studio room that is bookable for watching class films. The room can comfortably seat 20 students. For more information on booking the Library’s Learning Studio room, https://berklee.libcal.com/reserve/LBRooms  If your class size is larger than 20, we may be able to accommodate special screenings in the Immersive Technology Lab (ITL),  first floor. Contact Blair Pershyn, Associate Director, Training and Programs (bpershyn@berklee.edu) for more information.


Q: Does the Library offer training to students on music hardware and software or VR equipment?
A: Yes! The Libraries offer many workshops as well as one-on-one training on equipment to students, both hardware and software, and VR equipment, in the Creative Technology Center, first floor, 150 Mass Ave. Appointments for peer training are held in the Learning Center on the 2nd floor. Contact Blair Pershyn, (bpershyn@berklee.edu) for more information.