The Library and Information Access at SDSU offers a wide range of instruction and tours, from basic orientation through highly specialized research guidance. Library instruction focuses on developing students' ability to think critically and effectively find the information they seek. Instruction sessions are designed to fit the specific needs, objectives, and timeframe of the course, and librarians work closely with the teaching faculty to develop the session.
To schedule as library session - Use the Request Library Instruction online form or contact a subject specialist. To avoid scheduling conflicts, please request instruction sessions as far in advance as possible and at least two weeks prior to the class.
Librarians provide formal assignment specific instructional sessions to class groups. Sessions range from short introductions to multi-hour workshops depending on the needs of the professor. Specialized classes can occur over subsequent weeks to permit students to work between sessions. Library instruction is most effective when an assignment is affiliated with the session and instruction is close to the time when the students will be doing the research.
Librarian-led Instruction can be provided in either of the Library's two electronic classrooms. LA76 has 40 student workstations, LA 78 has 38 student workstations. Larger classes can be accommodated in LL430 and 431 with 50 laptops. Map of Library
Assignment Planning & Design - Librarians are available to meet with teaching faculty who are designing or revising library-related assignments. This collaboration helps to generate assignments which refer to the best possible sources, and also permits us make arrangements within the library to accommodate the needs of the assignment. Combining library instruction sessions with realistic assignments improves retention.
Research Guides & Course Support Pages - The Library's Research Guides cover a wide variety of subject areas and direct students to appropriate resources for their topic. Teaching faculty may request we create Course Support Guides on specific topics. Contact your subject specialist to discuss this option.
For additional information contact:
Undergraduate Success Librarian
zjarocki AT sdsu DOT edu