A librarian will be happy to show your class the basics of library research and/or provide a tour of the Library Learning Commons (LLC) facilities. We can also customize instruction sessions for the unique research needs of your students. The LLC offers a variety of library instruction options, including:
Library orientation – A librarian will show students around the LLC and give them an overview of services offered in the LLC. This tour gives short explanations of resources offered by the Learning Center, Transitional Studies, Career Services, Project Strive/TRiO, IT Help Desk, and, of course, the Library itself. This is a great way to familiarize introductory classes with the LLC and its services.
Electronic resource orientation – A librarian will show students library resources of your choice – examples include the book catalog, EBSCO Discovery, citation tools, JSTOR, or any of the other library databases. Since the room we use for this orientation has 30 computers, students can follow along and begin searching for resources to support their topic.
In-class instruction – Since many of the library’s resources can be accessed online (and even the print materials housed in the library can be searched online), faculty don’t need to bring their students to the library to explore our resources. Pretty much all of the information covered in the mediated classroom session can also be showcased in your regular classroom.
Guidance on library assignments – Often, faculty will create assignments to introduce students to the library. We think that’s great! Librarians are happy to work with faculty to help craft these assignments, which will guide students on how to effectively use library resources.
To set up a library orientation or instruction session, contact your library liaison or the Reference Desk at 308-432-6271 or email@example.com. If you’re not sure who your library liaison is or what they do, view my article from last year, “What’s a Library Liaison?” at http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/?p=321.