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Why should I schedule a library session for my class?
While many of your students may have encountered general library resources in Univ 100 or Core 102, they usually have only a basic grasp of research. We see numerous students at the reference desk who are completely lost when asked to use a database other than Academic Search Complete, to evaluate the sources they find, or to explore more sophisticated topics. If you have had unsatisfactory experiences with students’ papers in the past, or want them to learn specialized resources for your field, please consider arranging a session. We’d much rather teach your class as a group than try to teach each student individually at the reference desk (often the night before the project is due!).
How do I schedule a library session?
The best method is to use the online form. We ask that you request a session at least one week in advance; you will receive a confirmation usually within 24 hours of its receipt.
You can also contact any of the instruction librarians directly:
How long does the library session last?
It depends on what you would like taught! Our Instruction a la Carte Menu provides a list of our most popular topics.
We offer two kinds of instruction: drop-ins and workshops.
Drop-ins are short visits by a librarian to your classroom. Topics that do not require the use of computers, such as plagiarism discussions, citation format (APA or MLA), and identifying types of literature (scholarly, research, etc.) can easily done in your classroom and take as little as 15 minutes each(depending on the topic, of course!).
Workshops are hands-on sessions held in our library classrooms. Although any topic on our menu can be taught in a workshop, topics that require computer use, such as database searching and Website evaluation, must be done in a workshop setting. Our active learning approach leads to students learning and remembering more, but it also takes longer to conduct. We usually ask for a full class period (usually 50 minutes or 1 hour 15 minutes). To ascertain how many topics can be covered in a class period, please see our “Instruction a la Carte Menu”.
How many students can the library classrooms hold?
We have two computer classrooms. Classroom A has 20 student computers and can hold up to 40 students. Classroom B has 25 student computers and can hold up to 50 students. In a pinch, we can split a large class between the rooms.
I teach in the evening or on the weekend; can I still request a library session?
Definitely! We teach whenever you teach.
I teach off-site; can I still request a library session?
Of course! When possible, the instruction librarians are happy to “take the show on the road” and come to Abingdon, Roanoke, or elsewhere to review the library’s services for distance education students. Contact Lisa Vassady, Reference/Instruction and Distance Education Librarian, 540-831-5686, firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibilities.
How can I help to make the library session effective?
Before the session, discuss the applicable paper or project with the class. Explain to the students why they are coming to the library.
We require professors with undergraduate classes to attend, and strongly encourage faculty for graduate classes to attend the library session with their students. When you are present, students are more attentive and engaged. They will have questions about how the library session applies to their assignments, and you are the best one to answer them. You can also emphasize certain points discussed in the session, or ask the librarian to address additional topics.
Libguides are innovative course guides that allow librarians to design interactive, online handouts for courses. Each Libguide is custom created based on the course assignment and topics. Libguides include links to the most appropriate library resources for the assignment; information on research skills such as avoiding plagiarism, using citation styles like APA, and identifying scholarly sources; and ways to contact the reference desk staff, including a live IM chat box. We create a Libguide for every library session we teach, and we can also make one for courses that do not have a scheduled session. Example Libguide.
Please give us at least one's week notice before you will need the guide.
If you are interested in having a Libguide designed for your class, please e-mail Candice at email@example.com, or call her at 540-831-6801.
What other instructional activities does the library provide?
Throughout the school year, we offer drop-in workshops for students called Library Survivors. Faculty can encourage student attendance by awarding extra-credit to participants. Questions about these programs can be sent to Candice Benjes-Small, Information Literacy Coordinator, 540-831-6801, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, faculty, staff, and students can set up one-on-one consultations in the use of McConnell Library’s print and electronic resources by contacting a Reference/Instruction Librarian, or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Can I bring my high school/community college class to McConnell for a library session?
If students from outside of Radford University have an assignment which requires use of the university library and its resources, we will schedule an instruction session when possible. As a general rule, we do not provide sessions or orientations unless the students have such an assignment. At least one teacher must accompany the group, and all teachers are expected to be familiar with the assignment so as to assist the students. Such sessions may not be scheduled during the first six weeks of the fall or spring semester. Any groups that will need parking should consider a late afternoon or evening session due to difficulties finding parking on campus. Contact Candice Benjes-Small, 540-831-6801, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The classrooms are intended for library instruction. During the first four weeks of the semester, they are reserved for librarian-led instruction. No reservations are allowed during the final two weeks of the semester because of student demand for our computers. During the remainder of the academic year, faculty members may reserve a library classroom to have a 'research day' or instruct students about the library themselves. The classrooms may not be reserved for online tests, watching films, or other non-library-related uses. During the summer and academic breaks, we may be able to accommodate some non-library-related use. (Please see the “Scheduling the Library Classroom” policy for full details.)
If you are interested in reserving a library classroom, contact Candice Benjes-Small, 540-831-6801, email@example.com. Please provide the date, time, class, and reasons for the reservation. We require 24 hours advance notice.