Guidelines for Library Instruction
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What is bibliographic instruction?
The reference librarians at the Farley Library offer bibliographic instruction classes to suit the research needs of all Wilkes University students and faculty. We offer a smorgasbord of options to help you tailor your specific course needs to bibliographic instruction sessions. You can also request for a series of sessions for one course. At the heart of our program is active learning, where students receive hands-on training with online databases and materials located within the library.
Why is bibliographic instruction important?
Information literacy is a critical component of a student's academic success. Students need to know how to locate information, think critically, and evaluate information effectively in an efficient manner to become information literate in an academic setting and beyond.
When should I schedule a bibliographic instruction for a course(s)?
Classes must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Classes that are scheduled well in advance provide the reference librarians with more time to tailor the session and to prepare for it as well.
Who should participate in bibliographic instruction sessions?
The reference librarians request that all students and the faculty member be present for the session(s). We encourage faculty to become active participants during the session. Your presence communicates the importance of bibliographic instruction to your students.
Where are bibliographic instruction courses held?
Classes are held in the Bibliographic Instruction room on the lower level of the Farley Library. The instruction room can accommodate up to thirty students at one time. The librarian could go directly to the faculty member's classroom, assuming that computers are available.
How can I schedule a bibliographic instruction session?
To schedule a bibliographic instruction class, call the Reference Department at x3214, or visit the reference desk or office located on the first floor of the library. Be prepared to provide a reference librarian with the name of the class, the number of students, the date and time requested for the session, and what you want covered in the class. If you have a list of students' topics, that would help us to tailor the session. The reference librarian will then check to see if the requested date and time is open and schedule your class for an appointment.
Are there other alternatives to the traditional bibliographic instruction session?
We also offer individual bibliographic instruction sessions for students and faculty. You and students can sign up for a session with a reference librarian. We can cover topics specific to a research assignment, provide a library tour, or assist you with specific databases.