Instruction program is designed to offer instruction for students, faculty
and all other library users in all aspects of the library research process.
Included is instruction on how to choose, focus and narrow a topic for
research, how to plan, organize, and execute research strategy, how to
locate and use information resources, and how to evaluate the usefulness and
reliability of information resources. Bibliographic instruction is available
for both faculty and students, on both the undergraduate and graduate level,
for both introductory and advanced level classes. Instruction is also
offered on an individual basis.
To accomplish these
objectives, the library has established a number of programs for the CNR
community. The first of these is the introduction to the library that all
CNR students are provided as part of the orientation program. Students are
given an overview of the services offered by Gill Library, are introduced to
the library homepage, and are taken on a tour of the library.
The library conducts
bibliographic instruction classes, including general introductory overviews
of information resources and full-text online databases. Also included are
specialized instruction on print abstracts and online databases in specific
subject fields. The new Bibliographic Instruction Room on the main campus is
equipped with computer workstations so that students can get hands on
experience in searching the various resources and databases that are being
presented. This room is equipped for features for future expansion toward
distance learning to include the branch campus libraries.
In addition to new student
orientation and bibliographic instruction classes, the library provides two
other programs to facilitate efficient patron use of the available
resources. One of these is the Hands on Help program. Students, faculty and
staff can ask to schedule a one-on-one tutorial with a librarian. The patron
indicates their specific research needs prior to the session, and the
librarian is then able to provide a research strategy tailored to the
patronís individual project.
As a cooperative effort with Learning
Support Services and Academic Computing, the Library has for the past
two semesters offered a Research Paper Workshop for interested students.
This program provides students with a step-by-step description of how to
complete a research paper assignment. The Library welcomes suggestions
from students, faculty and staff regarding additional workshops that
they would like to see offered either at the main campus or at the
library provides handouts that give detailed instructions on how to
search the library's online subscription databases. This information
is provided in print form and on the library homepage.