As you begin preparing your classes, remember that subject librarians are available to assist you in helping your students to learn to do research and use the library.
For the best class sessions for your students, librarians need as much advance preparation time as possible, one week at a minimum.
Hands-on instruction in using library resources, which includes time for students to practice, is one of the best ways for students to learn to do research. The subject librarian will tailor the session to include those resources most useful to the topics students will be researching.
To schedule this type of instruction session, contact your subject librarian as soon as you know you want to include such instruction in your class curriculum. Librarians will be happy to consult with you ahead of time about designing assignments or projects.
Subject librarians are available to help design handouts for your class library assignment, but most instructors and librarians now prefer to create a help page on the web specifically tailored to the needs of the class. This is ideal for linking from a class Blackboard page. At least two weeks preparation time is required.
Orientations generally take from 30-45 minutes and involve a guided walking tour of the library. Typically, no hands-on demonstration or instruction is included. All group tours and orientations must be scheduled ahead of time and a tour/group leader must accompany the group. Faculty wishing to schedule a Valley Library tour for their classes should contact their subject librarian at least one week prior to the date they want the tour scheduled. Scheduling of such tours is subject to the librarian's availability.
Alternatively, copies of a self-guided tour brochure are available at the Information Desk and Administration Office.