Q. Library Instruction Services
Library Instruction Services
The goal of library instruction is to make users more confident in finding and evaluating the books, articles, web resources, and other materials necessary for their research. Library faculty are subject specialists who can design and tailor instruction to the needs of both introductory and advanced classes in a variety of fields.
Faculty can schedule class presentations on information literacy topics, how to find and locate books, how to search for articles in licensed databases, how to evaluate web resources, and more.
Classes may be introductory or tailored to specific subjects and disciplines. Faculty should contact their school's library liaison or may contact Josh Becker at 603.626.9100, ext. 2421 or firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling options. Alternatively, faculty may fill out a Library Instruction Request Form to request a session.
Note: Library instruction faculty require at least one-week prior notice for class preparation and to arrange coverage for their other library functions.
Faculty Tips for Better Library Instruction Sessions
Library instruction is best delivered when students need it. Students with topics already selected are more attentive because they know they will need the information being presented. Plan to have library instruction sessions within a week or so of an assignment due date for introductory topics, or early in the semester for larger projects.
Please consider giving the Reference Desk a copy of faculty-assigned library assignments. This helps us to ensure resource availability, to prepare for increased usage of needed materials, as well as to plan for increased activity at the Reference Desk.
Tools and methods are constantly changing. Library assignments that worked well even a couple of years ago may not align with today’s information sources and access points. We are happy to collaborate with you to design effective library assignments that challenge your students to acquire and analyze information sources using the latest strategies.
Library faculty also hold workshops on a variety of information tools and resources including database searching, advanced Internet searching, RefWorks, RSS feeds, and other topics of interest. Contact Josh Becker at 603.626.9100, ext. 2421 or email@example.com for the latest offerings or to suggest topics.
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