Schurz Library Instruction Librarians offer instruction sessions (typically 75 min. in length) that are customized to your needs and the needs of the class, and may range from an overview of basic library resources to the use of advanced or subject-specific research materials and techniques. A Library Instruction request form should be completed at least ten days before the requested session in order for librarians to make appropriate plans. During the busiest times of the semester, our instruction room fills quickly, so it is best to request sessions even earlier when possible. A librarian will contact you to finalize arrangements and discuss appropriate resources to meet the needs of the class assignment.
Classroom sessions are usually held in the library's ground floor classroom, and may include:
- General library information
- How-to procedures for students doing their first major paper
- Advanced research methods and tools in a specific subject field
- Approaches to graduate research
- Online and Internet sources
- Evaluation of sources, especially those found on the Internet
To be of most value, sessions should be scheduled just prior to your students starting on a research assignment. Another optimal time is soon after the students have begun working on their research assignments. Either way, your students should know about the assignment before their Library Instruction session, and should have at least a general topic in mind to research. Faculty members must accompany their students to the instruction session, and students must have a computer lab login before coming to the Library.
For more information, contact:Nancy Wootton Colborn
Head of Information Literacy Services