Instruction Policies and Guidelines
- Tours and instruction sessions should be requested no fewer than 10 days in advance to allow for proper preparation and room availability.
- Library tours and/or instruction sessions are most effective when scheduled near the time students need information.
- Instructor must be present during tours and/or instruction sessions. Instruction is particularly effective when students are motivated and faculty participate in the sessions.
- Collaborate with your subject librarian or the Library Instruction Coordinator in planning a library research component for your class. This avoids student frustrations and ensures that resources for the assignment are available in the library.
- Be specific about topics, mechanics, and requirements of the assignment. Students cannot be expected to locate materials without explicit guidelines.
- Try to assign a variety of resources instead of sending an entire class in search of the same item. Avoid treasure or scavenger hunts that make students look for obscure bits of information.
- Lay the groundwork for the upcoming instruction session and emphasize the importance of student attendance. Inform students of the library assignment prior to the instruction session so that students are aware of their need for information.
- Please return the evaluation form so that we can continue to improve our instruction sessions and make them more relevant.