Frequently Asked Questions
Library Instruction for WTAMU courses is provided by Reference Librarians
What is Library Instruction?
- Students come to Cornette Library as a class to learn about the Library, its services, and its resources.
- Instruction sessions are based on assignments. This allows students to learn library research skills that are directly applicable to their course work.
- We can create Course Guides for your class, and tailor them to your students' needs.
- iPads or Laptop computers are available for hands-on searching during Instruction sessions.
Why do my students need Library Instruction?
- Most incoming students don't have experience with academic libraries or college-level research.
- Many students aren't aware of the resources and services available at the library.
- Unfortunately, many students believe that Google will solve all research needs.
How do I schedule a Library Instruction session?
- Library Instruction is popular, so don't miss the boat! Sessions are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you call, the better.
- Plan the session when you prepare your syllabus.
- Two weeks advanced notice is recommended, so that your librarian has time to plan a session specifically for your students.
- Check the Library calendar for date and time availability of the Lecture Room.
- Call Pippin Macdonald at 806-651-2214 to schedule a session, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be prepared to discuss your assignment and the sources you want covered in the session.
- If you need assistance with designing your assignment, call Pippin Macdonald at 806-651-2214 or email her at email@example.com
How can I help my students get the most out of Library Instruction?
- Give your students more incentive to listen. Discuss the assignment with them before the Instruction session. Also speak to them about the importance of using libraries.
- Attend the session with your students. No instruction is done for 100 and 200 level courses without faculty attendance. Your attendance is strongly recommended for 300-400 level and graduate courses.
- Participate in the Instruction session.
- Introduce the librarian.
- Ask your students to take notes.
- Emphasize important points made by the librarian.
- Ask questions and encourage your students to ask questions.
- Make sure the Library has the sources your students need to complete their assignments or allow them enough time to request materials through Interlibrary Loan.
- Change is a constant. Visit the Library or check our Web site often to keep up with changes.