Vise Library Faculty Services | Cumberland University

Vise Library Faculty Services

To schedule an instruction session for your class, click here. 

Classroom Instruction

The Vise Library staff offers individual and group instruction on the use of the library catalog and the many electronic databases that are available. This instruction lasts approximately 30 minutes and familiarizes students and faculty on how to search for books and articles. If you would like more advanced instruction tailored to a particular discipline or research project, this can be provided as well. Instruction sessions need to be scheduled at least two weeks ahead of time to reserve the room in the library and give the librarian time to prepare. Please be prepared to provide multiple options in case we are unavailable during your ideal time.

To schedule an instruction session, please fill out the Request for Instruction Form. If you have received an instruction session for your class, we would like to hear from you. To provide feedback, please fill out the Library Instruction Evaluation Form.

Materials Requests & Course Reserves

Vise Library staff encourage all faculty to contact us by email (, phone (615-547-1299), or stopping by the library to request additions to our print, audio-visual, or electronic resources that will support your course curriculum.

Additionally, after the upcoming semester’s course catalog is compiled, our Professor Reserves Coordinator will contact each professor to inquire about specific needs for each course being taught that semester. We will make every effort to stock texts and supplementary texts requested. We invite professors to share with Reserves an extra copy of the class text if available.

Borrowing Policy

Faculty may check out materials for three weeks and DVDs for one week.

Information Literacy

Definition: Association of College and Research Libraries Literacy  defines Information Literacy as "the ‘set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning."Mission: The Vise Library’s Information Literacy Program strives to promote lifelong learning by teaching the members of the Cumberland University community how to locate, evaluate, and apply information effectively.  We believe that information literacy is essential in the success of the student both in and out of the classroom. We emphasize the teaching of concepts over skills to ensure that students may apply information literacy in all areas of their life.

  • The Vise Library’s Instruction Program will offer classes that support the curriculum of Cumberland University and foster information literacy as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
  • Librarians will promote information literacy skills by providing assistance in the classroom, at the information desk, in the library, and online.
  • Librarians will work with faculty members to determine the best way to incorporate information literacy into their courses and programs.

Information Literacy will be continually assessed and adapted to the changing needs of the University and new developments in technology.

Information Literacy Instruction