Contact the Humanities Librarian via email, phone (760-750-4374) or drop by KEL 3424 (office hours vary, but if I am in, the door is open). If for some reason, the Humanities Librarian is unavailable, contact the Information Literacy Program Coordinator.
Required for instruction (if these are not met, instruction will be cancelled or postponed at librarian's discretion.)
- The instructor must be present. We are collaborating in student learning and collaboration does not happen if one of the instructors is absent. As an operational consideration, questions normally arise about the assignment or other course-related matters that are not in the librarian's purview.
- The students must read the focus text PRIOR to the library resource meeting. It does not serve the students or make for effective learning for the librarian to present on resources for a work they have not read.
- Prepare the students during the class session BEFORE the library instruction with what you expect them to learn, where they will be meeting, and that they are expected to arrive on time. There is no time for 'catch up' if they are late and there is no time in the 'library day' to conduct this business.
Here are some tips to aid in making the scheduling easy and instruction successful.
- Contact the librarian to schedule early for inclusion in your instruction schedule.
- Plan for the library resource instruction to take the full class session.
- Please advise the librarian of your CRN number, number of students in class and any special details such as the class is a learning cohort or ESL group, or if there are DSS students that will need special accommodation.
- Email your syllabus and paper prompt to the librarian to support the customized web page your class will be viewing in plenty of time for preparation. The librarian is available for review of the proposed prompt for resource availability (and would appreciate the 'heads up'.)
- Prepare the librarian by describing how much discussion has been held about the text, what problems you have encountered in previous work, and what you would like to see emphasized (see 'Options' below.)
Options for Instruction The Humanities Librarian is available to work with you to create assignments that are successful for both student learning and your instruction.
- Library resource instruction is not a 'canned presentation' although there are standard elements:
- Library Catalog
- Research Databases
- Search techniques: Boolean, keyword vs. subject, field searches
- Alternative search terms
- GET IT and Interlibrary Loan for materials outside the library's collection
- Citation style sources
- Elements that may be included are:
- scholarly vs. popular sources
- full text sources vs. abstracts
- Plagiarism vs. proper citation
- Internet techniques: domain limiters, quality sources
- Primary vs. secondary sources
- Instruction can be distributed over several sessions to address topics in more detail (research has shown this to be very successful), present specific instruction at the most appropriate point, or allow more hands-on time.
- Different active learning exercises can be incorporated to accommodate research emphases.
- Paper-based exercises may be provided in lieu of relying on the electronic in order to encourage variety.This can be turned over to the GEW instructor for grading and course credit.