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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
  • If the librarian gets push-back from students and/or faculty that the students have been to the library before, remind them that you don't learn how to do a figure drawing in one class, nor do you learn how to do research in one library session. It takes consistent practice and we're here to help with that!

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; Film and Video; Filmmaking; 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; Data Analytics & Visualization; Graphic Design; Humanistic Studies; Social Design; User Experience 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; Product Management.
Get in touch:

Deidre Thompson, Collections Services Librarian (she/her/hers)
Liaison areas: Animation, Art Education, Illustration (BFA, MA), Illustration Practice (MFA)Film and Video; Photography; Photographic & Electronic Media; 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% - College Archivist (Unfilled)
  • 8% - Library Director (Heather Slania)


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

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

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