Here are some suggestions:
Before the new semester starts, make an appointment with a librarian. We can work with you as you are developing your syllabi and assignments. We will help you identify appropriate library resources, and let you know if the assignment is feasible given our collection strengths and weaknesses.
Provide copies of your class assignments to us so that we are better prepared to assist your students when they need help at the reference desk. Assignments can be emailed to email@example.com.
Test your assignment. Run through your assignment and ask others to try it before handing it out to students. Check with a librarian to be sure the resources you are asking your students to use are still available.
Consider putting a required reading on reserve so that all students have access to it.
Encourage your students to visit the library early on in the research process.
Request a Library Instruction Session to have a librarian demonstrate to your students how to use the library databases, build search strategies and evaluate sources. Please give us at least two weeks notice to prepare for your class.
Some common problems to avoid:
Waiting a few days before the class to request library instruction. The librarian will not have adequate time to prepare the lesson, resources and the computer lab space may not be available.
Assigning the same topic to all of the students in your class. This may stretch the library resources too thin, especially when print materials are involved.
Assigning hard-to-answer trivia questions. This becomes a frustrating experience for everyone and librarians will usually have to provide the answers. Students will not benefit from the experience.
Requiring "No Internet Sites" or "Must be in Print." Every year we add more resources to our Internet options and remove them from the print collection. In many cases the only way for students to access scholarly journals is through the Internet. Giving them these types of instructions can confuse students as to what they are allowed to use.
Bringing an entire class to the library without notifying a librarian. The library has a limited number of computers available for student use. To make sure your students have access to the resources and services they need, please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements for your class.
Please review the sample classroom activities below and consider if one or more of the assignments might be appropriate for use in your courses. Click on the links below to view the detailed description of the classroom activities.
Please review the sample assignments below and consider if one or more of the assignments might be appropriate for use in your courses. Click on the links below to view the detailed description of the assignments.