To schedule library instruction, please review the guidelines below and complete the Request Library Instruction Form.
Dates and times are not reserved until confirmed by a librarian.
Library instruction is designed to help students gain skills and confidence in finding information to complete assignments for their courses.
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.