The Vise Library staff offers individual and group instruction on the use of the library catalog and the many electronic databases that are available. This instruction lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and familiarizes students and faculty on how to search for books and articles. If you would like more advanced instruction tailored to a particular discipline or research project, this can be provided as well. For more information, please fill out the Request for Instruction form. Instruction sessions need to be scheduled at least two weeks ahead of time to reserve the room and to give the librarian time to prepare. Please be prepared to provide multiple options in case we are unavailable during your ideal time.
Library instruction usually takes place in the Online Classroom in the library. The classroom is located just past the front desk on the left. This space has 22 computers available and seating for up to 39 people. If your class has more than 22 students, please encourage students who have laptops to bring them.
Should the Professor Be Present?
Yes. The professor should be present during the library instruction session to answer questions about the assignment and emphasize important points. Active participation from the instructor helps the students understand the connection between information literacy skills and their coursework.
What Students Will Learn
Instruction sessions are tailored to each specific class and assignment. Some examples of topics include how to locate materials in the library using the library catalog and online databases, how to evaluate sources, how to avoid plagiarism, and other research skills.
Should Students Have An Assignment To Work On?
Yes. Library instruction works best when students have a research assignment on which to focus. The resources and research strategies taught in the session will be based on the assignment.
When To Schedule A Session
Instruction sessions need to be scheduled two weeks ahead of time to reserve the room in the library and give the librarian time to prepare. Please be prepared to provide multiple options in case we are unavailable during your ideal time.
For Distance Education and Online Students
The library would like to provide the same services to distance education students as we do for others. If you have a distance education course and would like to schedule an instruction session, please contact us at 615-547-1299 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to accommodate these requests.