For Faculty: Scheduling HRD Library Sessions

This page helps faculty prepare for an HRD110 Library Orientation session.

Types of HRD110 Sessions

HRD110 library sessions can be offered:

  • in your classroom or in the library, or completely online
  • using Zoom or Google Forms to collect student answers during hands-on time
  • synchronously or asynchronously.

Read the options below.  When you schedule your class, let us know which work best for you. Schedule a session by emailing several weeks in advance. This webpage will be used in all sessions: 

Synchronous and Asynchronous Sessions

  • Synchronous sessions:
    • Popular times fill quickly, so have at least two possible dates for synchronous classes. 
    • A session can be taught live with a librarian on Zoom, in a classroom or online only. 
    • The session will last at least 40 to 50 minutes. 
      • The instructor sends a Zoom link to the librarian and enables screen sharing.
      • Students contribute findings through chat during class.
        • Students should have a laptop or phone (download Zoom app in advance). 


  • Asynchronous sessions:
    • Please contact at least two weeks in advance for a link to a customized online worksheet that will be created for your class. The customized online worksheet is used only for asynchronous classes. "Live" classes respond in chat or by voice.
    • Students can watch the tutorial videos on their own, and complete the worksheet by a due date. 
      • Tell the librarian the due date. They will share the students' worksheet answers with you.  
  • At any point, students can consult a librarian for assistance with the assignment. 

At Least a Week Before the Class Session

  • For synchronous class sessions, tell the librarian:
    • approximately how many students are in the class
    • if they are mixed majors or a particular major
    • if you are using an assignment. 
      • If no assignment: the librarian will use a demonstration topic that students can use for hands-on time. An assignment is not required for the library session.  
      • if an assignment: students can search for their topics during the session. 
  • For asynchronous class sessions: 
    • The librarian will create and send to you an online Google Form for your class to use. 

For HRD110 Sessions at the Library


  • The week before, instruct students to meet you near the library's circulation desk before the class start time.


  • You and the class should meet the librarian near the circulation desk. 
    • Library sessions start on time at your course's usual class start time, unless you've arrange otherwise.
    • Expect to participate in the class and assist students with their research and finding books.​​ Your active participation sets the tone for the class, and gives a strong message about the importance of research. 
  • The librarian will greet you and offer a brief overview of the locations of library services and materials.
  • In the Library Instruction Room (SCO325), the librarian will demonstrate how to find books, articles and videos. 
    • Students will work in pairs to explore the library website using a library HRD110 Google Form that will be shared with you.
    • As a faculty member, plan to participate and model good information-finding skills. 
  • The Google Form results can be used as part of the grade for students' participation in this session. 


  • A librarian will send you an online faculty evaluation form for you to complete at the end of the week.

HRD Research Assignment

The Student Skills Research Assignment and Presentation is often used as an end-of-semester final presentation.

  • Decide if you'll have a final assignment, or if the library segment will be a stand-alone session.  
    • An assignment is not necessary for the library research session. 
  • See the assignment in the Blackboard Freshman Seminar Repository (Content > Freshman Seminar Shared Content > Assignments> Student Support Services). 
    • The Blackboard assignment includes suggested topics. Decide if you'll assign topics, or have students choose them.

Topic Ideas

If this is a one-session exercise with no follow-up presentation, we can use topics like these for the hands-on practice times.

Stress Management
Time Management
Organizational skills
Financial aid
(also called "student aid")

Financial literacy
Memory Skills (or: mnemonics)

Learning styles
(or: Cognitive styles or Multiple intelligences)

Career topics: criminal justice careers, culinary arts careers, etc.

Scheduling Non-HRD Classes

More than two-thirds of all classes visiting the library each year are subject-oriented, not HRD classes. To schedule a research session for other courses, see: