Feinberg Library Instruction Sessions Guidelines for Faculty
- Read about Feinberg Library instruction sessions.
- Request a Feinberg Library Instruction Session for your class.
We ask that Instructors...
- Attend the session.
- Thoroughly explain to students the requirements of the assignment for which the librarian is providing library instruction.
- Schedule a session to be held with a librarian after the assignment requirements have been discussed with the students, but prior to the assignment due date.
- Communicate your content expectations to the librarian well before the session.
- Encourage students’ preparedness for the session, including formulating and testing research questions and/or research strategies prior to the session and noting difficulties encountered during the research process.
- When applicable, provide the librarian prior to the session with specific examples of research difficulties students are encountering in the course of the assignment.
- Fill out the online Faculty session evaluation.
- If asked, distribute, collect, and send back the student session evaluations.
We expect that librarians assigned to a Feinberg Library Instruction Session will...
- Request a copy of the syllabus and/or assignment from the professor at the start of the scheduling process if the professor has not sent the documents along with the session request.
- Consult with instructors about assignment specifics and the instructors’ desired content well in advance of the scheduled session.
- Communicate with the professor to establish the students’ information needs/research difficulties, preferably including difficulties from the students’ perspective.
- Tailor the session to the specific assignment.
- Produce appropriate materials for the session (LibGuides, PPT, handouts, etc).
- Review student and faculty evaluations after they are tabulated in order to discern areas for improvement.
For additional information, please contact:
Elin O'Hara-Gonya, Associate Librarian and IRS Unit Coordinator
Office: Feinberg 323
Phone: (518) 564-5187