encouraged to bring their classes to the Library for a one-hour
These sessions are
conducted by faculty librarians to introduce your students to the library’s
wealth of resources,
and to strengthen their research skills.
The library orientations
cover both paper and electronic resources and provide students with
To schedule your orientation, simply call the Reference Desk at
stop by the Reference Desk.
The earlier you make
the reservation, the better
your chances are of getting the dates you prefer.
Reservations for an orientation must be made 48 hours in advance.
the presence of the classroom instructors
during the orientations, both to
monitor student behavior
and because these sessions are much more successful when the faculty member
The most effective sessions are those where the instructor has given the
students an assignment requiring the use of library resources. If you have
an assignment, please make sure to send it to the faculty
librarian conducting the orientation
prior to your session.
Guidelines for Effective Library
course-related library assignments are an effective way to introduce
students to library research. The following guidelines are meant to ensure
students a positive library experience, and reinforce library use as a means
Explain the Assignment Clearly, Preferably in Writing and Assume Minimal
Students should have selected a
topic prior to the library orientation.
Avoid the Mob Scene,
Always Be Sure the Library Holds the Needed
Information, and Avoid Scavenger Hunts.
Dozens of students using just one book, or looking for the same information,
usually leads to misplacement, loss or mutilation of materials. Give
students a variety of topics and sources. Searching for obscure facts
frustrates students, can cause chaos in the stacks, and teaches students
nothing useful about research. If planning a library exercise, talk to the
librarians about designing one appropriate to the class, and to the library.
Present a Realistic Picture of What Is, and What Is Not, on the Web.
Students need to know that those expensive databases to which libraries
subscribe usually provide quality information that is much easier to find
than the kind of hit-or-miss Web searching students often do. When the Web
is the best or sole source for the kind of information you require,
recommend specific sites, specific expert lists of links, or specific
directories to help them find authoritative, timely and useful information.
Consult with a
Reference Librarian before the Assignment.
librarians will work with you to design an appropriate assignment that will
achieve your assignment goals/objectives.
Sending a copy to the Faculty Reference
Librarian who will conduct your
orientation will insure that the
help your students when needed.
We encourage all students to enroll in our one unit,
Library Research Methods
Transferable to CSU!
Questions? Tel. 310-434-4254