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Schedule a Library Session

To schedule library instruction, please review the guidelines below and complete the Request Library Instruction Form.

  • Because the library instruction session is a collaborative effort between the course instructor and library faculty, the course instructor must be present for the scheduled session. Your presence facilitates answers to questions specific to the assignment and encourages students to take the instruction seriously.
  • Request your instruction session at least one week before the desired date of instruction to allow time for collaboration and preparation.
  • Instruction sessions should correspond to a specific research assignment or project; students should have topics chosen or narrowed to the point they are ready to do hands-on research.

Dates and times are not reserved until confirmed by a librarian.

Library Instruction Services

Library instruction is designed to help students gain skills and confidence in finding information to complete assignments for their courses.

Types of Library Instruction

  • LibGuides -- Research assistance, subject guides and useful resources
  • One time instruction (Examples)
    • Instruction in using databases tailored to the subject and course
    • A lesson customized to your individual assignment
    • How to find books at LCCC Library and beyond
  • Multiple instruction sessions/Embedded Librarian -- Librarian works with your class multiple times through the semester or the librarian is added to your course in Canvas in order to provide research guidance and help.
  • Library Research Toolkit (Open (aka free), badged mini-course in Canvas) -- Contact Chris Sheetz for enrollment information. May be used as stand-alone online instruction or in a flipped classroom model, making the library workshop time more productive for student research.
  • Assignment Consultation -- A librarian will help you determine if the library has sufficient resources to support your assignment.

Library Instruction Best Practices for Instructors

To make these sessions as productive as possible for students, faculty/instructors, and librarians:

  • Instruction Sessions must correspond to a specific research assignment or project. You may provide a copy of the assignment or syllabus.

  • The best time to schedule a Library Instruction Session is just as students are starting work on the project that requires the use of Library resources. When the information is relevant to students' immediate needs and concerns, they are more likely to recall and be able to use the resources and strategies taught. Students should be made aware of the requirements of the assignment and should choose at very least a preliminary research topic before the Library Session.

  • Feel free to talk with the librarian about what resources you would like covered, and be open to alternative suggestions. LCCC Library collections are vast and always changing. The research tool you used a few years ago may no longer be the best tool for your purposes. It is the librarian’s job to stay abreast of the best research tools for locating all sorts of information. We are familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the Library’s print and electronic resources. LCCC Library owns or subscribes to hundreds of electronic databases, reference tools, and digital archives, and millions of print resources. 

  • It is crucial that instructors be on hand to answer questions about the research assignment. Librarians can lead students to available resources and teach them how to use them, but cannot advise students on whether or not their chosen research topic is acceptable or meets course requirements.

    Additionally, the librarian may give guidance to the course instructor on how to help students use the Course Guide after the Library Session. Instructors will be students’ primary resources in completing research assignments after the Library Session. 

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