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Library Lounge Mission

Library Lounge logoLibrary Lounge is a Canvas-integrated library instructional service that prepares students to excel as researchers. Our team works directly with faculty and librarians to deliver video tutorials and opportunities for personal exchange between librarians and students in their Canvas course site, all of which are customized for class research assignments. Library Lounge puts instruction in the critical path of students who may not realize they can benefit from librarians’ expertise, and who will make strategic decisions about selecting, evaluating, citing, and producing published works. For more information, contact

What is Library Lounge?

What is Library Lounge? text only
Canvas-mediated. Image of Library Lounge in a Canvas site
Online instruction. Image of an instruction video
Linking students to librarians. Image of a discussion thread between a student and librarian
And learning objects. Image of the Research Skills Trainer
Led by a team of librarians & OL specialists. Image of the Library Lounge team headshots
What can the Library Lounge team offer? text only
Scripting. Image of a storyboard template
Video production. Image of a video camera
Flexibility. Image of candy topping options
Planning. Image of a calendar
Common misconceptions. text only
“I have to do all the work.” text only
If requested, the Library Lounge team will do all the filming, editing, and captioning for you.  text only
“I’ll be cut off from my liaison community.” text only
The library subject liaison is a full partner in any Library Lounge collaboration. Nothing will be done without their input.  text only
“Everything must be generic.” text only
We create discipline-specific videos, from how to find theatre box office grosses to prepping for the NCLEX nursing exam. text only
“My script needs to be Coursera-level perfect.” text only
The Library Lounge team collaborates on scripting to meet best practices for video duration and ease of comprehension. text only
“No one will find the content I made.” text only
Library Lounge videos are posted in Canvas courses, usually as course-required content, and on the Library Tutorials directory. text only
“I’ll have to redo everything in a year.” text only
The Library Lounge team stores all project files to make our annual review process easier. text only
How do I request help from Library Lounge? text only
Quick request form. Image of the Library Lounge Video Request Form
How can Library Lounge better serve you? Link to Library Lounge libguide for librarians
Image credits: “Person sitting in front bookshelf” sammcghee on Unsplash, Food hacks from Samantha Okazaki for, “Black marker on notebook” esteejanssens on Unsplash

Running Library Lounge in a Course

Library Lounge Collaboration

Interested in running an instance of Library Lounge? We can work alongside you with your faculty member. Contact our team at


Library Lounge DIY

Interested in running an instance of Library Lounge independently ? Please feel free to use our content. We have developed a DIY Tooklit for interested librarians. Download the Library Lounge DIY Toolkit (PDF).


Request to make a video with Library Lounge

Library Lounge Video Library

The entire Library Lounge Video Library can be found on the Library website Tutorials page

Library Lounge Research Skills Trainer

Screenshot of the research skills trainer, citations types review pageThe Research Skills Trainer teaches students research strategies for their time at Penn and beyond. The trainer is broken up into four sections, each containing an overview, a short video tutorial, a summary, and a graded quiz.

By the end of this trainer, students will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between book, chapter, and article sources based on citations.
  • Use Penn Libraries resources to find books and book chapters, and to reach the full text of journal articles.
  • Find related research materials on a topic using citations.
  • Use combinations of search terms, subject headings, and filters to find relevant works on a topic.


Health Literacy Librarian

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Aman Kaur
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
Levy Library
Philadelphia, PA 19104