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Librarians collaborate with classroom faculty to design instruction sessions and activities that will help students develop good research skills. During these sessions librarians will meet with your students in the classroom or online to:
- Develop skills needed to locate, evaluate, and use quality sources of information
- Address specific learning outcomes
- Share resources that are appropriate for research assignments
Examples of Instruction sessions:
- Using a college library
- Choosing a topic for research projects
- Searching databases for books, periodicals, and other publications
- Locating information on the world wide web
- Developing search strategies
- Evaluating sources of information
- Using documentation to cite sources
Contact a librarian to discuss options for your classes and to schedule an instruction session.
Library Instruction Guidelines for Faculty
Guidelines for Faculty:
- Please schedule library instruction sessions in advance so that our librarians have adequate time to prepare materials that will best serve your classes.
- Provide a copy of the assignment to the librarian before the scheduled instruction session. Information literacy instruction works best when students are working on an assignment that allows them to apply the skills and concepts they are learning.
- Discuss the assignment with your students before coming to the library. Students best retain information from library instruction sessions when the library visit is scheduled close to the time that the class assignment is due.
- Contact the librarian who will be working with your class and arrange to meet with her before the class is scheduled to discuss the assignment and expectations about the session.
- Stay with your class during library instruction. Your presence communicates to your students that learning how to use the Library and its resources is important, and it allows for clarification of the assignment and student questions.