The Library is dedicated to supporting faculty's classroom assignments, professional development, and personal research. This guide provides information on the kind of skills we teach, ways the Library can support you in the classroom, faculty training, resources for professional development, and how the Library can help you in your own research.
To schedule a Instruction Session for your class, fill out an instruction request form.
Librarians are happy to provide instruction on the skills students need to find quality sources for class assignments. The length and content of instructional sessions is tailored to your needs and topics may include:
Instruction may consist of presentation, group discussion, team teaching, and/or practice exercises. We can even work with you to provide additional support to classes that require intensive subject-specific research.
We are available for in-person teaching in our Library Presentation room, or online through Zoom.
We can also schedule a Library Lab Session if your course includes assignments where students research topics or cite sources during class time. These sessions would allow librarians to provide point-of-need assistance and easy access to Library resources.
Librarians can create custom websites to support your class projects and research papers. These pages highlight library resources that help your students complete class assignments. We call these pages LibGuides. We have LibGuides for various courses and subjects and a series of how-to guides for research-related topics.
To request a LibGuide for your specific course, class assignment, or subject area, contact a librarian.
You can add any library guide into your IvyLearn (Canvas) course. Guides can be added in a
Tired of students not having their textbooks at the beginning of the semester? Want to supplement your course with DVDs or articles that students can access outside of class?
Faculty may request that materials be kept on the reserves shelf for in-Library use. Materials can be owned by the library or faculty-owned.
At Ivy Tech we are focused on student success and retention. One way the library assists faculty in this effort is by providing support for assignments. It’s as easy as emailing a librarian. We can work with you to ensure that we have the resources on hand for the assignment and offer suggestions.
To be most helpful, library staff need to know
Sending us a copy of the assignment allows us to be aware of it and offer help to students if they have trouble, as well as to make sure items are on hand and ready. Students ask the library staff for help in any case, so let’s work together to ensure successful learning and teaching.
The Library's Professional Development Collection contains hundreds of books on topics important to you: andragogy, classroom management, online learning, curriculum development, and more.
Generation Z is a generation of people born after 1996. Pew Research Center has found that this generation is the most racially and ethnically diverse, and is on track to be the best educated in U.S. history. They overwhelmingly live in metropolitan rather than rural areas. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, technology plays a central and natural role in their lives.
They are more likely to have grown up amid diverse family structures — whether in a single parent household, a multi-racial household, or a household in which gender roles were blurred. As a result, they are less fazed than previous generations by differences in race, sexual orientation or religion.
Financial mindedness is another core characteristic of Generation Z. Many Gen Z‑ers grew up watching their parents take huge financial hits during the Great Recession. Having witnessed their parents’ struggles, this generation is driven by pragmatism and security. Most generations tend to be more left-leaning than the previous generation, and Gen Z is no exception. While Gen Z‑ers look a lot like Millennials on many key issues, they are the most politically progressive generation yet.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a perspective used to evaluate and design instructional materials. It is best practices drawn from those already used by teachers. UDL is based on the idea of universal access in architecture: just as a ramp accommodates baby strollers and bicyclists as well as people in wheelchairs, so using captioned audio clips helps all students as well as hearing-impaired students. UDL uses technology as required to meet its goals; it is not a technological solution.
The resources below will help you evaluate your instructional materials and activities from the perspective of UDL principles.