The primary purpose of the Standish Library's instruction program is to foster and develop Siena students' information literacy skills; specifically the ability to identify, locate. effectively evaluate, and use needed information. These are essential skills needed to succeed academically, but are also necessary for the development of lifelong learning. Library instruction sessions are tailored to fir the class. What is covered for a disciplinary course is different than what is covered in a session for the First Year Seminar. Sessions are also tailored for the course level. Library faculty work with the classroom faculty to determine the learning goals of specific sessions.
The Essentials of Library Instruction
- The calendar fills up quickly. Schedule library instruction sessions early.
- Timing is everything! While scheduling early is good, sometimes having a session very early in the semester isn’t always best. If your research assignment isn’t given until mid-semester, mid-semester is a great time to have a library instruction session.
- Classes are more effective when given in conjunction with a research assignment. Students are more likely to be motivated to learn about information resources when they know they are required to use them in a research assignment.
- The research assignment does not have to be a paper. It could be a speech, a multimedia presentation, an annotated bibliography, or some other formal evaluation of information sources.
- One size does not fit all. Library instruction sessions are tailored to fit the class. What is covered for a disciplinary course is different than what is covered in a session for the First Year Seminar. And the focus may change with the discipline. Also, within the same discipline, sessions may be tailored for introductory or advanced classes.
- Siena’s librarians like to occasionally leave the library. When appropriate, we will gladly come to your classroom.
- We strongly encourage class instructors to be present during library instruction sessions. Your presence will inform students that you recognize the importance of information literacy skills, and that these skills will help them succeed in your course.
To schedule library instruction sessions for your courses, or to receive further information, contact Librarian Catherine Crohan at 518-782-6731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.