Special Collections librarians offer several types of instruction services. Faculty and graduate instructors may schedule instruction services through the Request a Class Session form.
Collection materials do not leave Ellis Library, but librarians can visit the classroom to make presentations using PowerPoint or other visuals. Although it is preferable for students to experience the materials firsthand, presentations may prepare students for research in Special Collections or give a brief overview of the department.
Staff members provide a broad introduction to what the SCARaB division contains and how to use its resources. Topics covered generally include a brief overview of the collections, procedures for paging and using a book in the reading room, and technical tips for using microforms.
With input from the instructor, librarians can develop lists of titles and other materials of interest to a specific class or research topic, and prepare materials for a class visit or for use in a class research project.
In close consultation with the instructor, staff members provide in-depth presentations or background information on specific topics or materials. Areas of particular staff expertise include:
Staff members have a deep knowledge of the collections and are available to brainstorm or offer suggestions on creative ways to use materials in student research projects and activities. We also offer Printable Handouts and Activities, as well as Tips and Ideas to get you started.