Library Instruction

The mission the of the Library includes the statement that the "Librarians provide the instruction required to ensure that our students maintain a level of informational literacy for lifelong learning necessary to lead purposeful and fulfilling lives."

Library Instruction for E105 Classes. Through long standing arrangements with the English Department going back over 25 years, all First-Year students E105 classes receive a Library Instruction session sometime during the semester. E105 is part of the University's core curriculum and almost every student at the University must take this course. This face-to-face classroom session is taught by the librarians. It serves as an introduction to the Library and effective research techniques. During the class session, the students learn about the different library resources and services of value to them not only during their courses of study at the University but of value to them after they graduate are in the work force and continue a pattern of life-long learning.

A general E105 Library Guide is available for faculty to embed in Blackboard course management system for students to consult during their coursework throughout the semester. Most classes are brought to the Library, but faculty may request the librarian visit the classroom instead. The Librarian will work closely with the faculty member to tailor the Library Instruction session based on the course syllabi and other requirements. Every E105 session will cover basic library services, how to search one of the basic databases, such as Academic OneFile or CQ Researcher, how to search the library's online catalog, and how to locate journals using the journal locator interface.

English Faculty teaching E105 classes should contact the Head of Reference, Diane Spinato, to arrange a session. The librarian assigned to teach the library instruction session will consult with faculty about the assignment topics ahead of time.

Library Instruction for Subject Specific Classes. Librarians from the Reference Department provide instruction sessions on library resources and research techniques for class groups in any subject area. The session will center on resources available for that subject as well as effective research techniques. Faculty can arrange these sessions through the Head of Reference. Contact us at the Information Desk 203-932-7189 to schedule a subject specific class session.

One-on-One Assistance. Staff at the Information Desk provide brief one-on-one instruction in the use of databases and can suggest which ones to search for information on your topic. For more in-depth instruction, please schedule an individual appointment by stopping at the Information Desk, calling us as 203-932-7189 or e-mailing us.

Library Workshops. The Librarians also conduct Library Workshops in the fall and spring semesters on database searching techniques, effective research techniques, and subject databases. A list of the current offerings is located at: /library/Workshops/

ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education