Instructional Objectives: A Means to Designing Effective Instructional Sessions for Hospital Librarians

Janis Teal
Diane Wax
Jonathan Eldredge
Ingrid Hendrix


The formal teaching role is becoming an accepted responsibility for the health sciences librarian in hospital libraries as well as at large academic health sciences center libraries. This article explains how to design effective educational sessions by writing clear instructional objectives in behavioral format. After reading this article, the hospital librarian should be able to write simple and clear instructional objectives for the teaching of MEDLINE, arrange the objectives in a logical sequence to structure the teaching experience, and apply them to the evaluation of the learning outcomes.