Why library instruction? | What is library instruction? | What is available? | Scheduling an instruction session | Tips for effective library research assignments
In the Information Age, library research has become
increasingly complex. Today the NMSU Library offers various databases that lead
students not only to information found in the NMSU Library but also to vast
resources of information available from libraries, archives, and databases
around the world. Because most students come to NMSU with little or no knowledge
of how to access information, library instruction is a crucial part of their
Library instruction is not touring library buildings. Instead, NMSU Library offers a program of hands-on instruction that promotes effective use of the library and other information resources. Library instruction gives students the skills to locate, use, and evaluate information. These skills lead to increased academic success, better papers, and higher quality research projects while reducing library anxiety and the incidence of plagiarism.
|Basic Library Skills
English 111 students receive instruction in basic library skills: searching the library's online catalog, using basic periodical indexes (InfoTrac and WilsonSelect), and developing library research strategies.
Course-specific instruction is available for all NMSU undergraduate and graduate courses. Working in cooperation with you, a librarian familiar with your subject area provides instruction tailored to the needs of your course.
Groups of NMSU students may schedule a library instruction session. Small-group instruction is especially beneficial when a group of interested students wants to learn to use a specific information tool (a database, the catalog, a periodical index) or wishes to learn about a specific area of the library (Government Documents, Archives, Special Collections).
Each semester the Library offers workshops on topics (such as advanced Web searching or citation styles) related to students' research needs. Schedules of topics, times, and locations are posted at the start of each semester. Reservations are not required.
Librarians provide orientation or instruction for NMSU groups, including those from diverse cultural or educational backgrounds
|Beginning of the
During the first two weeks of every semester, the library gives tours. Tours last 20-30 minutes and are publicized in advance.
Librarians are happy to work with you – using whatever technologies you are employing – to provide library instruction for DE classes.
Library research guides are published for various subjects ranging from art to education to engineering. A number of guides to the library's databases and other information tools are also available. Publications are kept on display racks in the reference areas of both library buildings.
in Designing Library Research Assignments
If you are planning a library research assignment, please consult with a librarian while drafting it. Librarians can give you lots of tips on resource availability and students' information skills.
library instruction sessions require planning, preparation, and reservation of
the library's instruction rooms, you should arrange library instruction sessions
as far in advance as possible. Have a back-up date in mind – in case your
first choice of date is not available.
should be present at the scheduled session to help answer students' questions
and reinforce the importance of learning to use the library.
Given the complexity of today's information universe, you may want to schedule multiple sessions to cover research strategies and processes, as well as evaluation of materials.
Contact the Instruction Coordinator at 646-3079
or email@example.com, for more
information or to schedule an instruction session.
Send comments and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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