Spring 2006 Page 5
Build a Better Library Experience
for Your Students
Do you sometimes wonder where your students are?
Well, we're happy to say that over 4,000 of them were in the library every day last
week! Yup, the gate count is through the roof. And some of those
students are finding books; more than 5000 books
crossed the circulation counter during the first two weeks of school. Keep your students coming; we're excited about their progress.
|You can amplify your students' success in
the library by a
magnitude or so. We'd like to share a few simple tips gleaned from our 70
(combined) years of experience:
If you plan to bring a class to the library, even if
you donít expect to need our help, please call ahead to let us know
(558-2461, reference desk). Often
your students do need help, and
we would like to be prepared to assist them.
We can also make suggestions about computer use and best times of day
Schedule a customized
library instruction session and bring your class to the library.
Instructors report big improvements in the quality of student research
assignments when they include this library hour in the syllabus.
Add this note to your syllabus: The SCC library
may have a copy of the textbook for this class available at the reserve desk
for short term
loan. Find the call number of the book in LOIS (the library catalog), then
request the book at the library circulation desk. Ask a librarian for
help! Send your students to the library to sign up for a drop-in
library orientation. Giving them extra credit seems to do the
- We have a web page devoted to helping you Create
Great Library Assignments. Check it out.
- Do you need assignment topics? Or do you want to know where to
send your students to find them? The library has several good
sources for choosing topics. A couple of our favorites are Issues
and Controversies (Reference JK1 .I77; also known as The
Red Binders), the CQ
Researcher database with its "Browse by Topic" feature,
and of course LOIS, the library
catalog. Ask us how to put these tools to work for you.
- Ask a librarian for help!
Contact the librarian
for your department. We look forward to helping you build great
library experiences for your students.
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| Quiz | Reserves |
Library Instruction | Library
Experience | eBooks | ID
Cards | New Materials
| Databases | DE
Barcodes | Turnitin | Forgotten
Words | Web Sitings