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In the Gorgas Library, we help faculty and teaching assistants prepare their students for a successful research experience through customized group instruction sessions that reinforce course content with library training.
Who teaches the sessions?
A librarian who specializes in your subject area will teach the instruction session. All of our librarians are faculty who hold master’s degrees in library and information science, and many also hold subject master’s degrees as well. We will be glad to consult with you or your department to plan an instruction session or design a library assignment.
What is an instruction session like?
Instruction sessions are customized to your course: we ask for a copy of your assignment before the session and tailor our instruction to meet your requirements. During the session, we demonstrate electronic resources and then allow students to research their topics at individual workstations. Students are provided with bibliographies and tip sheets during the session that explain how to search relevant resources. Most importantly, we introduce ourselves so that students can later schedule research consultations for more help. We can also design course related web pages for distance students.
When can I schedule instruction?
The sessions can be conveniently scheduled during a regular class meeting. Please schedule the session at least two weeks in advance if possible.
Where is the session taught?
The sessions are taught in the Gorgas Library’s Osburn Instruction Area, a state-of-the-art classroom outfitted with student computers, data projector, VCR whiteboard, and NetOp software. We can also arrange to teach sessions in lecture halls and computer labs.
How do I request library instruction?
Please contact your department's subject specialist. If you are not sure who to contact, please consult Brett Spencer, Instructional Coordinator, 348-1200, email@example.com.
• Your course title and number.
• Dates and times that you would like to schedule the session.
• Your contact information.
We will then contact you within two working days to confirm your requested date or set up an alternative date if necessary.
Instruction can also be requested through these web request forms:
Why is library instruction important for students?
• Puts a human face on the library.
• Strengthens student papers.
• Conveys hands-on knowledge of a discipline’s resources.
• Encourages students to ask reference librarians for help.
• Cultivates lifelong learning among graduates.