Library Instruction Program: First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar (UCO 1200 and HON 1515)

A librarian will be assigned to work with your First Year Seminar course to ensure that your students are introduced to University-level research. 

Here is some basic information about how librarians can work with you.

 

Why should I bring my students to the library?

Students arrive at Appalachian with varying levels of information literacy skills. They may not have had exposure to university level research and may be overwhelmed with even basic research tasks (i.e. searching the online catalog, locating books, finding articles). Librarians have the expertise to provide your students instruction in the concepts as well as mechanics of locating, evaluating, and accessing information resources. Bringing your student to the library is a good way to get them off to a good start on the research process.

 

What information is covered in a library instruction session?

The First Year Seminar Library Instruction Curriculum is designed to address the research assignments that students will be completing in your course. The session will include an overview of the library homepage, introduction to searching the library catalog and databases, and evaluation of information sources.

Student Learning Outcome: Students will select a topic and formulate a research question.

Curriculum: Students will be introduced to the steps in the research process and will be provided an overview of library resources and services appropriate for completing a research-based assignment.

Students should complete the following activities before the library instruction session:

*The First Year Seminar Library Instruction Curriculum addresses the Information Literacy Goals for Appalachian Students, supports the goal of academic study as outlined by the First Year Seminar Program, and is aligned with the University's General Education Goals and Outcomes.

When should I schedule a library instruction session?

Research indicates that students receive the most benefit from library instruction when it is scheduled in conjunction with a research assignment. Students should be aware of their assignment before coming to the library instruction session.

 

How much lead time does my librarian need?

There is a very high demand for library instruction during the fall & spring semesters so the more lead time you can give the better. Scheduling a minimum of two weeks in advance gives your librarian adequate time to:

  • Discuss the specific information needs of your students
  • Reserve a library classroom at your preferred time
  • Create instructional materials (i.e. handouts, library research guides, etc.)

 

Does the library need to know about specific assignments for my class?

Yes! It can be frustrating for students when materials are not available. Please allow us to put your materials on reserve and alert other librarians of requirements and due dates for an assignment.