Requests for Library Instruction: Guidelines


Important Considerations

As you begin preparing your classes, remember that subject librarians are available to assist you in helping your students learn to do research and use the library.

For the best class sessions for your students, librarians need as much advance preparation time as possible, one week at a minimum.

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Hands-on instruction and practice in using subject-specific library resources

Hands-on instruction in using library resources, which includes time for students to practice, is one of the best ways for students to learn to do research. The subject librarian will tailor the session to include those resources most useful to the topics students will be researching.

To schedule this type of instruction session, contact your subject librarian as soon as you know you want to include such instruction in your class curriculum. Librarians will be happy to consult with you ahead of time about designing assignments or projects.

Tour and orientation to subject specific library resources

Walk-around tours of specific areas of the library are particularly helpful for students new to a discipline and/or new to the Valley Library. We often recommend an orientation such as this prior to scheduling a hands-on session. These orientations generally take 30-45 minutes, depending on the resources to be included.

Contact your subject librarian at least one week ahead of time to schedule this type of orientation. As with other types of instruction, librarians will be glad to consult with you ahead of time about an appropriate assignment or project to go with the orientation.

Online research tutorial

The online research tutorial is focused on academic research and can be done sequentially or used in a modular fashion. It might serve as a useful "assignment" preparatory to a research project or paper for a class.

Hand-outs or web pages designed for specific class assignment or project

Subject librarians are available to help design handouts or web pages targeted to a specific assignment. At least two weeks preparation time is required.

General tour and orientation to the library

Orientations generally take from 30-45 minutes and involve a guided walking tour of the library. Typically, no hands-on demonstration or instruction is included. All group tours and orientations must be scheduled ahead of time and a tour/group leader must accompany the group. Please notify the contact person of any special accessibility needs at the time of scheduling.

Faculty wanting to schedule Valley Library tours for their classes should contact their subject librarian at least one week prior to the date they want the tour scheduled. Scheduling such tours is subject to the librarian's availability.

Specific guidelines for scheduling school groups

Individuals wanting to tour the Valley Library are invited to take a self-guided tour. Copies of the tour brochure are available at the Reference Desk and Administration Office.