Monday, July 28, 2008

Copy: Library Instruction

A note regarding this copy: this has been taken from the existing Library Instruction page. I have rearranged and omitted some text, as well as added some. And now, the copy:

The Instruction Program of the ULM Library seeks to develop the information and computer literacy skills of students, faculty and staff at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. To this end, the University Library’s Instruction Program teaches users to independently seek, locate, retrieve, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically for problem-solving.

The Instruction Program is developed in response to identified learning needs and through collaboration with teaching faculty and staff. The Program provides individual and group instruction, course-specific, web-based and open workshop methods.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education from the Association of College and Research Libraries provide the framework for program development and instructional objectives. The Instruction Program of the ULM Library supports the missions of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, the University Library, and the Louisiana Board of Regents Statewide General Education Requirements.

Your subject librarian, or liaison, has expertise in the resources of your discipline and is able to tailor instruction to fit specific course needs. You can direct any question you might have about the ULM Library or library research to your subject liaison. Contact a reference/subject librarian to discuss your course instruction needs. See the list below for liaisons and contact information. Please remember: it takes time to prepare for these courses, particularly in the case of tailoring assignments or classes. Please contact your librarian at least a week ahead of the day on which you desire instruction.

  • Dinah Williams: Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership & Counseling, Kinesiology, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Psychology

    Phone: 318-342-1069

  • Carita Alexander: Health Sciences, Communicative Disorders, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Radiologic Technology and Toxicology

    Phone: 318-342-3042

  • Karen Cook: Criminal Justice, History and Political Science

    Phone: 318-342-3043

  • Megan Lowe: Art, Communication Studies, Dance, English, Music and Theatre

    Phone: 318.342-3041

  • Karen Niemla: Business, Accounting, Computer & Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, Insurance, Management, Gerontology, Sociology and Social Work

    Phone: 318-342-3045

  • Maren Williams: Agriculture, Atmospheric Sciences, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Construction, Family & Consumer Sciences, Foreign Languages, Geosciences, Mathematics and Physics

    Phone: 318-342-1065


Karen N. said...

"Please contact your librarian at least a week ahead of the day on which you desire instruction."

I dunno... that's an important note, but I wouldn't want to deter any faculty from asking for help less than a week before. It's tight, but it can be done.

Megan Lowe said...

I am all for deterring them from asking for help less than a week. Realistically, we deserve time to prepare the best possible instruction, especially if we're tailoring for a specific assignment.

Moreover, from my perspective, waiting until the last minute to schedule instruction puts a professor at risk for not getting the time/date they need. By giving us time, we're better able to schedule desirable times/dates, as well as facilities.

Additionally, it has been part of the announcement that Dinah sends out at the beginning of the semester that we need a heads-up. It's only fair to us to have time to prepare.

I'm not against providing instruction to someone who asks less than a fact, I've been known to say yes to next-day instruction. But if professors can have deadlines for students for assignments, I don't think it's too much to ask that they give us adequate time to prepare and plan.

Just my two cents. What you do and what you're willing to do is your business, but it has been the common practice of this department to request a week's notice, and others in the department might prefer being given a week's notice. Whether they are willing to provide instruction requested a week ahead of time or not is their choice - but I think it's best to have a policy that protects us from overload.