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Library Instruction

Library Instruction

Yes!  A librarian can come to your classroom and provide instruction that covers research skills and library resources. The sessions can be customized to offer course and assignment specific guidance. Select one of the links below, to submit the library instruction session request form.  (Review the Session requirements and preferences section below for more information.) 

Online forms for requesting library instruction sessions are available: 
South Bend  |   Elkhart  

Session requirements and preferences

Consider this when requesting a session:

Your presence is requested.
When instructors remain with their classes during library sessions, students are more involved.  The learning experience is enhanced when instructors are available for questions and clarifications.

One week’s notice is a general requirement.  
The library staff needs time to prepare for instructional sessions.

Library instruction is more meaningful for students when it is relevant to their current course assignments.
 Please make sure students have a clear understanding of their course assignments before attending library instruction sessions. Ideally, library instruction should be scheduled close to the time students begin working on their research-related assignments.

If you can, provide library staff with your written instructions for specific course assignments.
This helps us prepare for library instruction and allows us to meet the specific information needs of your students. We also appreciate any specific information about assignments your students are working on, your expectations, special needs, or particular resources you would like us to include.

Library Assignments

Library Assignments

We've put together some helpful hints in designing library assignments to make full use of library resources and student time.

Consult with a librarian before you give the assignment.
We can work with you to ensure that we have resources for the assignment.

Notify the library.
Send us a copy of the assignment so that we are aware of it and can offer help to students if they have trouble.  If a single book will be required for multiple parts of the assignment, we can make sure it is on reserve so a student doesn't check it out and prevent others from using it.

Be clear on the difference between Internet resources and library databases.
Do your students know that search a library database for journal articles or ebooks is not the same as searching the open Web. If your assignment calls for it, you may also wish to distinguish between the large amount of fairly authoritative government information online and other less reliable sources.

Assume minimal library knowledge.
Although many students may be familiar with using online library resources, few really understand the details of research.  Do your students know how to locate journal articles or ebooks in our library databases? Do not know how to use subject headings or keyword search options?  Some students are not comfortable using computers, while those who are more computer savvy may lack the skills to critically evaluate information online.