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Services for ALC Faculty

Instructional Sessions

We offer instructional sessions for all courses upon request. Instructional sessions are designed to develop a student’s information literacy and enable them to utilize materials from a broad range of sources. They are most effective when they are combined with an assigned paper or project. However, we are happy to offer a general library orientation for any course. 




General library orientation: An overview of the library, its services, and its materials. Objectives may include:

  • Touring the library's collections and user spaces
  • Finding materials in the collection using the Dewey Decimal System and the online catalog (OPAC)
  • Setting up library circulation accounts and understanding the circulation policies
  • How to use reference volumes to begin their research process
  • If requested, students may complete a group activity guiding them through the process of library research

Advanced, topic/assignment specific sessions (in-library or classroom; 50 minute session). Some objectives that may be covered:

  • Online database search strategies
  • Subject-specific research
  • Evaluating resources
  • Citing resources
  • Using reference materials

Mini, in-classroom sessions (15-20 minutes) covering 1-2 objectives

In addition to instructional sessions, the Public Services Librarian will create an online portal for your course using our LibGuides software. Students can then refer back to the material covered in the instructional session at their convenience. You, the faculty member, may also add resources, text, and other relevant materials. To learn more about LibGuides, click here.