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Library and Learning Commons - Faculty Resources: Library Instruction

This guide provides an overview of library services and resources available to FSCJ faculty.

Library Instruction

At all FSCJ LLCs library instruction is tailored and covers research tools specific to the class. Reference librarians invite faculty suggestions regarding resources and length of instruction sessions.

Example: A LIT 2000 orientation would cover the library catalog, databases such as JSTOR, literature-specific databases such as Gale’s Artemis Literary Sources and EBSCO’s Literary Reference Center Plus, in addition to research strategies that are useful in literature assignments.

Request a Class

  • Requests for instruction should be made at least one week in advance.
  • Sessions can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on class time and the type and level of instruction needed.
  • Express introductory sessions can be scheduled for shorter time spans.

What's typically included?

  • Tips on choosing credible and appropriate sources
  • Help with search construction
  • Library webpage resources
  • Library catalog overview
  • Introduction to useful databases
  • Overview of Interlibrary Loan, online renewal, and other library services

How to make library instruction meaningful to your students

  • Discuss your research assignment with the instruction librarian, and if appropriate, provide syllabus or assignment.
  • Coordinate the instruction to coincide with a research project that will require that students use library resources.
  • Attend the session with the students to help reinforce the importance of the session and to drive home points made by the librarian.

Class Guides 

Librarians can develop a subject guide specifically for your class or program. Contact your library for more information.

Workshops

FSCJ Librarians offer on-demand workshops

  • on new and existing library resources, customized for particular user groups. 
  • to acquaint faculty from specific programs or departments with electronic resources available in their disciplines.
  • to introduce students from specific programs to the library's resources.