I send out an email to all full-time and part-time DTC faculty at the beginning of each semester. Besides mentioning the opportunity for instruction in various formats – intro, express (maybe 1 or 2 databases pertaining to their assignment, 10 -15 minutes), or the full deal (where the instruction can be tailored to the assignment), I also ask them to send recommendations for the collection or to let me know if they are working on any projects (dissertations) and I can keep an eye out for materials or assist with literature searches. Faculty either come by the library, email, or call to schedule orientations...it’s always a struggle to meet adjunct faculty...I think I will create a flyer this year to slip under office doors, in case they don’t read email. On another note, I am working with Dr. Sam Ertenberg on a program for Professional Development to discuss what faculty would like librarians to know and what librarians would like faculty to know. We hope to call it “The Tall and the Short of It.” For those of you who don’t know Dr. Ertenberg, she is about 6’2” and yours truly is 5’2”. J Please send me your suggestions on what you wish faculty knew about librarians and the library. I will be promoting all of you and the wonderful work you do.
Do you send a greeting at the beginning of the term? I used to, it is something I might revisit. I am presenting at what the Health Sciences call their "Common Orientation for new students in the health programs. It's a 5 min introduction in the Auditorium. Sometimes they have me provide a workshop as well.
Do you attend faculty meetings? I typically attend Program manager meetings, School of meetings and other campus meetings. I have just retired from Faculty Senate and passed the baton to Melonee Slocum. Every year we try to participate in AdjunctPalooza as well as other faculty oriented activities.
How do you establish a collegial and collaborative relationship with your faculty? Typically there is always a correspondence in process for a health program regarding Reserves, Accreditation, Lib Guides, Self Studies, etc. While ADN library orientations have dropped, other programs reach out to me on a regular basis. Many schedule orientations right before or during the first week of classes. For the Liberal Arts, it is much more sporadic, however I do have some regulars for orientations. We feature different disciplines in our book displays, Read posters, etc.
Finally we are revamping our Academic Discussions speaker series for our 10th Anniversary this year and are in the process of planning a kick-off event for the fall. We are going to reach out to faculty to be our featured speakers.
We have a library orientation outline in Dropbox that I generally follow. Some of our instructors want us to focus only on databases and online materials. Often we are asked to show resources that lend themselves to argumentative writing or speeches. I open with general information about our location--hours, labs, student ID, Accudemia, Pay for Print. Then I start with a demonstration of a basic search for various items within our LINCCWeb interface, which is like one-stop shopping. I also show them how to narrow their results, troubleshoot with Borrower ID and PIN, how to put an item on hold, and use e-shelf and My Account. Next, I demonstrate how to search within databases that lend themselves to argument-style writing. We had/have the subject area News and Current Events, so I demonstrate how to search Newsbank (Florida's Newspapers), Issues and Controversies, and Opposing Viewpoints. I also usually show them Films on Demand and Research Companion, using the Databases A-Z tab. Within those databases, I show them common features, such as print, save, permalink, and cite. I finish with showing them online resources to help them format their papers correctly, such as our Libguides for APA and MLA, and Purdue OWL. Then I show them our Kent LLC Libguide where they can refer back to general information about our location.
Here are a few general guidelines that will make your library orientations easier and more interactive.
As soon as you know you have an orientation scheduled, contact the faculty member whose class you will be addressing
At the orientation
Ask a few questions: