In normal years, instruction sessions allow students and faculty a chance to visit the library in-person to learn about resources and services. The pandemic meant that the CSC librarians needed to modify some of our approaches to instruction sessions. The Directed Health Measure (DHM) in place at the beginning of the semester placed strict restrictions on gatherings. This meant that we were not able to provide library tours as usual this semester. However, this does not mean that we weren’t able to provide an introduction to the library to CSC students. A variety of alternative methods were used to reach out to classes.
Outreach Librarian Shawn Hartman and College Relations’ Designer Daniel Binkard completed a video tour of the library last year. This was definitely fortuitous timing. This video provides a great introduction of the physical spaces and the materials housed in the library, which proved very helpful since we couldn’t provide normal tours this year. The video can be found on the library’s “Find Resources” page: https://www.csc.edu/library/databases/index.csc
Technical Services Librarian Pam Newberg and Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Eric Rapp have been diligently working on library instruction videos since last year. The next to final drafts of these were finished this summer, which meant that even though they still needed a little bit of editing, they could be used in classes this fall. If you’d like to browse these videos, they can be found here: https://youtu.be/GRK7wt-7VRs, https://youtu.be/NxUV6P5g9e8, https://youtu.be/V73f42_4ivw, https://youtu.be/_nFCgKACnjw
Although we could not host classes in the library, there were no recommendations prohibiting librarians from visiting classes. Public Services Librarian Christine Fullerton visited numerous classes in their normal meeting rooms and provided an overview of library resources. She also created some Zoom videos for classes which had students unable to attend physical classes because of quarantine.
If you’d like to visit with a librarian about instruction options for the spring semester, please contact Christine Fullerton (email@example.com), Shawn Hartman (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Pam Newberg (email@example.com).