"Adding a library instruction unit to an established course"
Keyser, Marcia W.
Lucio, Laura R.
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Subjectlibrary instruction; freshman seminar; library skills; first year seminar; Drake University. Cowles Library
The article describes the creation of a two-day library instruction unit which became a required part of a freshman orientation seminar at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The unit began with the creation of new library assignments designed for use in the classes with or without library instruction. It expanded when the librarians offered to teach two class sessions in the library and their offer was accepted. Short lectures, tours, and assignments were used to introduce new students to the library. The needs of many of our freshmen dictated that we keep these orientation sessions basic: introducing library contents and services and teaching basic skills such as using the card catalog, reading call numbers, making use of periodical indexes, and finding periodicals. The library instruction unit was revised extensively after the first semester. Time constraints prevented the use of a formal evaluation instrument, but several problems and solutions were identified through structured brainstorming sessions with all the teaching librarians. These solutions and other lessons from teaching a required portion of a course are included.
Marcia W. Keyser wrote this article while employed as a librarian at the James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas. Keyser is currently a librarian at Cowles Library at Drake University where she teaches Information Literacy. Marcia can be contacted via email at email@example.com Laura R. Lucio, now Laura Lucio Ramirez, wrote this article with Marcia Keyser while employed as a librarian at James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University at Kingsville. Ramirez is currently a librarian a the North Miami Beach Branch Library, Nova Southeastern University. Laura may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org