Library Instruction for WTAMU courses is provided by the Cornette Library staff.
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 gives students more incentive to pay attention.
- Class guides tailored to assignments are available online.
- Laptop computers are available for hands-on searching during Instruction sessions.
Why do my students need Library Instruction?
- Many of our students are from small towns. They've never been in a library this big, and it overwhelms and intimidates them.
- Many have little experience doing research in a library.
- A lot of students don't understand the importance of acquiring good research skills and becoming library savvy.
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 minimum notice is required.
- Check the Library calendar for date and time availability of the Lecture Room.
- Call Matt Regan at 806-651-2231 to schedule a session.
- Be prepared to discuss your assignment and the sources you want covered in the session.
- Keep it brief! Limit the session to one assignment. Too much information can be confusing.
- No later than one week before the session, please send:
- a copy of the assignment
- If you need assistance with designing your assignment, call Matt Regan at 806-651-2231 or check out these tips.
- a couple of suggestions for topics that can be used during the demonstrations.
- a copy of the assignment
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.