Librarian in the Classroom
The Instructional Unit is a vital part of the Library @ Bethel University. We assist library users in learning how to use the many resources the Library offers. Part of the library's mission is to help students develop information literacy skills that will support them throughout their undergraduate years as well as in graduate work, their careers, and throughout their lives. These skills include the ability to search for, select and evaluate resources appropriate to specific research or other information needs. While some of this training is provided through one-on-one interactions and orientation tours, library instruction is most effective when coordinated with specific course assignments.
Instruction classes usually provide:
- search strategies for specific assignments
- training in use of the on-line catalog and online databases
- introduction to relevant specialized resources (e.g. ERIC or JSTOR)
- basics on conducting research (e.g. topic narrowing, using primary sources, citation, Boolean operators, etc.) including resource evaluation
- introduction to appropriate citation formats
- explanation of plagiarism and its penalties
Librarians recognize the diverse nature of the learning community and will plan for a hands-on component to reinforce concepts discussed. The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, has established Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes are useful for faculty developing research assignments and learning outcomes.
To schedule a class or for additional information, contact the liaison for your subject area:
Physical sciences, medical sciences, mathematics: Jill Whitfill (x6913 or via email)
Social sciences, computer science, business: Jennifer Green (x6915 or via email)
Education: Elizabeth Whitaker (x6813 or via email)
For all other departments, please contact the main library desk at x4083 or via email.
Please allow two weeks advance notice for scheduling and class preparation.