Library instruction sessions are
We are happy to meet with your students more than once. We’ve had notable success teaching multiple sessions for a single course, especially if students are doing advanced research and/or are struggling to find sources.
To discuss options and to set up sessions, contact your department liaison (or any librarian you would like to work with, even if that librarian is not your liaison). To see library classroom availability, view the library's instruction calendar.
When's the best time to bring students in for a session? Right when they pick topics or later?
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The library's support for student learning embraces classroom learning, individual consultations, the design of the library's physical and virtual spaces, and the curation and discovery of resources. We seek to develop students’ understanding of information: where it comes from, how it circulates, how it can be interpreted, and how it can be created. We foster students' disposition to inquire ethically and with an open mind in order to actively participate in the world as free human beings. Our teaching is a collaboration with faculty in all departments and programs. While this kind of learning occurs in courses and experiences across campus, the library faculty strives to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop a nuanced understanding of information.
The library faculty is committed to ensuring that every student develops sophisticated research skills and attitudes. We want to partner with you and your department or program to provide a comprehensive, systematic research instruction approach that is shared between library and classroom faculty. We seek to help all Gustavus students develop information literacy skills that will help them pursue lifelong learning and make them informed citizens.
If your department or program is interested, we will set up a series of conversations to help you articulate the research competencies you want your majors/minors to have. We'll then work to identify where in the curriculum specific instruction takes place, as well as ways to assess student learning. This approach insures that all students graduate prepared to gather, evaluate, synthesize and produce information in whatever field they pursue.
Our most developed approach on campus has been a semester-long library lab as part of POL 200: Analyzing Politics. The lab grew out of a collaboration between Chris Gilbert & Kate Knutson in Political Science and Julie Gilbert in the Library. Assessment data indicate that the lab has a high impact on student research skills, both during the time students are taking POL 200 and later in the major. While this is just one possible approach, the lab can be tailored to fit other disciplines and is scalable for other departments and programs.
Please contact any of the library faculty to discuss research in your discipline further.