Librarians will do whatever is possible to help your students with their research projects. Options include:
We also offer individual research assistance to your students, using email, phone, Zoom, Collaborate or other communication means.
To schedule library instruction, email the librarian account (email@example.com)
We strongly recommend trying to complete your own research assignment before giving it to students.
To develop or review an assignment for accuracy and feasibility, email the librarian account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SUNY Adirondack Library’s library instruction program teaches information skills to faculty, students and staff. The concept is more broadly known as information literacy. It is defined as:
- knowing when information is needed,
- knowing how to find information,
- evaluating the information using critical thinking skills,
- using the information appropriately in an ethical and legal manner, and
- communicating the information effectively in various formats.
The U.S. Department of Labor, SUNY, college re-accreditation organizations such as Middle States and other key agencies state that strong information literacy skills are increasingly required for success in education, careers and life. The ability to find and use information well, to solve everyday problems and educate oneself, is an invaluable life-long skill.
By collaborating with librarians, faculty can ensure that students will be better prepared for the future in a rapidly changing, information-driven world.
This one-credit course further develops college-level research skills. It is offered in the spring semester, taught by a SUNY Adirondack librarian.
At least a week before your scheduled session:
Review the assignment with your students before the library session, and provide these to the librarian scheduled to lead your session.
In class the week before the session:
During the session:
- We start on time. Plan to start promptly at the normal class time, to respect those who are show up on time, whether it's a Zoom or in-person class. For an in-person class, bring the class to the circulation desk to meet the librarian.
- The instructor is an active participant in the class, answering questions, clarifying assignment questions and topics, and assisting students during the practice periods in class. Students see you as a role model. Please do not correct papers, use your phone, read, chat while the librarian is talking, or occupy a classroom computer to do your own personal research.
- Remind students to take notes. They should bring their assignment, topics, and note-taking material to class.
- Thwart discipline problems in class. Inappropriate classroom behavior includes any actions decreasing the librarian’s ability to teach effectively or preventing other students from learning. This includes those who talk, text or use a computer when the librarian is teaching or otherwise creating learning distractions.
- Learn along with students about the always-changing resources for your discipline, for your own use as well as to help students and create the best assignments.
- Grade students on their participation and actions during this session. When it’s tied to a grade, students pay stricter attention, interact more readily, and learn more.
- Learning to research involves practice. Remind students that they probably don't "already know all this" because they visited the library before.
These guidelines have been developed by the instruction librarian as a result of 30 years of commonly-seen classroom behaviors. Your students' research efforts will be more successful as a result, and you’ll enjoy their papers more!
To schedule a class session, email the librarian account (email@example.com) several weeks in advance.
Provide topics to the librarian at least a week in advance so the librarian has sufficient time to prepare material and a lesson plan. Students should understand the research assignment and be ready to research their topics.
- Classes are taught by a variety of SUNY Adirondack librarians, depending on their subject expertise, availability, work schedules, the class schedule for the day, the time of day and faculty requests. Some librarians work part-time and have limited availability.
- Faculty must attend and participate in the library sessions. This reinforces the message to students that information skills are important and valued. It also updates faculty on the library’s continually changing and expanding resources. Student discipline issues are reduced if the faculty member is there: they know you, and you are assigning them a grade. You are also available to answer questions about the assignment and assist students with their research. See Class Visits: The Details (box to the right) before your visit.
- Sessions start on time. Please make sure you are on time for the class.
- Classes usually meet the librarian on the library's main floor near the circulation desk, and then go to the 14-computer Library Instruction Room (SCO-325) in the Scoville Learning Center. The librarian will gather reference books, journals and other relevant materials for your students to use during and after class.
- After students complete the assignment, offer suggestions to the librarian on improving the class session for next semester.
- Whether you bring your class for a library session or not, consider sending your research assignments to the librarian account (firstname.lastname@example.org). Copies are kept at the Reference Desk to help librarians prepare for students’ questions. Being familiar with assignments also helps us ensure that we have enough material for your students and can point them to the best resources.