Rohrbach Library has developed the following guidelines for instructors requesting an information literacy session:
Library instruction is available to all classes when the library is open including evenings and weekends.
Library sessions should be arranged in advance as early as possible. This will enable the librarian to plan the session better so that students get the maximum benefit.
We request course instructors to provide us with a course syllabus and course outline. This will enable us to better understand the course material so we can plan a focused and meaningful presentation.
Please provide us with a copy of the assignment beforehand. We find students to be more focused and serious if library instruction sessions are geared towards a specific topic, term paper, project, etc. Library instruction works best when scheduled in conjunction with a class assignment.
Please confer with the librarian who is scheduled to provide the session to discuss your assignment and what library resources you would like covered.
The course instructor is requested to accompany students during library instruction sessions.
Instruction sessions usually take an entire class period. A follow-up session can be scheduled if needed.
Timing is very important when scheduling library lessons. Bringing students in very early or very late in the semester is least beneficial to the learning process. Library instruction works best when scheduled in conjunction with a class assignment.
The focus of KU's library instruction program is information literacy i.e. teaching students how to be effective and efficient information users.
A typical session generally includes at least one handout listing strategies and resources relevant to your assignment; the librarian's demonstration of pertinent resources; and time for students to work individually on their project. The librarian would coach and assist students as needed.
Classes are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The schedule fills up quickly so please schedule early. You can schedule classes as far in advance as you would like.
Contact Reference at 610-683-4165 or use our online Instruction Request Form to arrange a library instruction session.