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Information Literacy Program at Decker Library

A toolkit for MICA's Information Literacy Program

Instruction Process A-Z


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Basic Instruction Request Process A-Z

1. Faculty member requests instruction on the Teaching Support page and Calendly, our online appointment software, assigns the session to the appropriate Teaching Librarian.


2. Teaching Librarian reaches out to the Faculty member to confirm:

  • Date and time of instruction
  • Any related assignments 
  • The course syllabus
  • Any Zoom or other online conferencing links

3.Teaching Librarian completes the Instruction Completion Form after the class is held.

Teaching Librarians

Teaching Librarians' Liaison Areas

Kathy Cowan, Special Collections Librarian (she/her/hers) 
Liaison Areas: Drawing; Fiber; LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting; Painting; Printmaking; Studio Art (MFAST).
Get in touch:

Chris Drolsum, Research Services Librarian
Liaison areas: Ceramics; General Fine Arts; Interdisciplinary Sculpture; Mount Royal School of Art; Rinehart School of Sculpture.
Get in touch:

Siân Evans, Information Literacy & Instructional Design Librarian (she/her/hers)
Liaison areas: Art History, Theory, and Criticism; Community Arts; Graphic Design; Humanistic Studies; Information Visualization; User Experience Design.
Get in touch:

Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian (she/her/hers)
Liaison areas: Architectural Design; Film and Video; Filmmaking; Photography; Photographic & Electronic Media; Social Design.
Get in touch:

Heather Slania, Library Director (she/her/hers)
Liaison areas: Business of Art & Design; Curatorial Practice; Design Leadership; Game Design; Interactive Arts; Product Design.
Get in touch:

Deidre Thompson, Collections Services Librarian (she/her/hers)
Liaison areas: Animation, Art Education, Illustration (BFA, MA), Illustration Practice (MFA), and Teaching (MAT).
Get in touch:


Non-Liaison Instruction

First Year Experience (FYE), Academic Writing, and non-MICA classes are assigned based scheduling availability and on the following rough breakdown per librarian:

  • 24% - Information Literacy & Instructional Design Librarian (Siân Evans)
  • 24% - Research Services Librarian (Chris Drolsum)
  • 20% - Special Collections Librarian (Kathy Cowan)
  • 12% - Collections Services Librarian (Deidre Thompson)
  • 12% - Digital Initiatives Librarian (Jennifer Ferretti)
  • 8% - Library Director (Heather Slania)


Library staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Take a look at our Current Operations page to learn more.

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

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