Reader Services Librarian Lauren Blanchard handles most instruction sessions. To set up an instruction session, email Lauren or call her at 326-2263.
Copies of your class syllabus and assignment(s) are always helpful. A brief consultation is recommended so that we can plan for your class's visit in order to ensure that your goals for your students' learning are met.
No matter what type of project your class is working on -- whether it's a research paper, a hands-on project, group work, or an individual assignment -- we can help your students learn how to find reliable information in the field they are studying.
A library instruction session is most helpful to students when it addresses research for a specific assignment or subject area. In order to help your students get the most out of their class visit, we consider your goals as an instructor, as well as your students' previous research experience.
Some instruction sessions focus on finding books; others showcase databases that offer trustworthy electronic content. We can provide a general introduction to Library resources, or an in-depth look at a single resource type or database -- or anything in between.
A typical instruction session begins with a short talk and demonstration before moving on to a hands-on searching session in which students have time to use Library resources, ask questions, and receive guidance from the librarian and their instructor. Students are typically given a measurable goal to work toward during the session, such as searching for and locating a book or obtaining a brief list of citations relevant to their topics.
We work to make students feel comfortable using Library resources and asking questions, and to ensure that each student leaves a session with resources relevant to his or her assignment. When appropriate, sessions can incorporate an interactive spreadsheet that allows the instructor and librarian to monitor students' work in real time and immediately address any areas in which students need additional help.
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We are happy to hold instruction sessions for smaller classes in the Library's classroom, located on our upper level. Our classroom can comfortably hold classes of up to 15 students. For larger classes, we are always happy to visit your classroom; most of the Library's resources can be accessed from anywhere on campus.
We typically advise that students bring their laptops with them to Library instruction sessions. We also have a number of computers available throughout the Library that students may use during class sessions if needed.