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Instruction

The library should provide information and instruction to users through a variety of reference and bibliographic services, such as course-related and course-integrated instruction, hands-on active learning, orientations, formal courses, tutorials, pathfinders, and point-of-use instruction, including the reference interview.

As an academic unit within the college, the library should facilitate academic success, as well as encourage lifelong learning. By combining new techniques and technologies with the best of traditional sources, librarians should assist primary users and others in information retrieval methods, evaluation, and documentation.

In addition, librarians should collaborate frequently with classroom faculty; they should participate in curriculum planning, as well as educational outcomes assessment. Information literacy skills and bibliographic instruction should be integrated into appropriate courses with special attention given to intellectual property, copyright, and plagiarism.

  1. Does the library provide formal and informal opportunities for instruction?
  2. Does the library provide adequate space for instruction for both large and small groups? Is the available space designed to provide hands-on instruction, as well as presentation of all types of resources?
  3. Does the library make appropriate use of technology in its instruction?
  4. How do librarians work with classroom faculty in developing and evaluating library curricula in support of specific courses?
  5. If applicable, how does the library facilitate faculty research?
  6. Does the library provide a variety of educational programs?
  7. How does the library promote and evaluate its instructional programs?

1. Does the library provide formal and informal opportunities for instruction?

The library provides formal instruction through partnerships with schools, departments, and programs on campus. The library provides informal instruction at the reference desk or by personal appointment with a librarian.
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2. Does the library provide adequate space for instruction for both large and small groups? Is the available space designed to provide hands-on instruction, as well as presentation of all types of resources?

The library has three dedicated classrooms. Two of these classrooms contain clusters of computers for learners with computer projection, the other is a more 'traditional' classroom but has Internet access and can be used as a wireless classroom.

In addition, there are two large meetings rooms with flexible seating that are often used for instruction purposes as well as three medium-sized meeting rooms in the Philanthropic Studies Library area that are available. All these facilities have Internet access.

For large groups, the library has a 100-seat auditorium with a computerized podium providing full Internet, multimedia and satellite feed capabilities.

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3. Does the library make appropriate use of technology in its instruction?

All instructional sessions incorporate Internet capabilities. Additionally, a Web tutorial developed at another institution has been adopted, and is in the process of being customized, as part of the library's instructional initiative. Finally, the campus has developed a course-based Web shell that librarians can use in conjunction with a faculty member to make specific databases and/or Web sites available for student research efforts.
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4. How do librarians work with classroom faculty in developing and evaluating library curricula in support of specific courses?

All instructional sessions are developed in partnership with teaching faculty. Various liaisons have worked very closely with faculty; one has even co-authored an instructional, discipline-based text. The librarians are members of and contributors to faculty campus committees or units dealing with instructional issues such as:
a) University College Learning Communities;
b) Principles on Undergraduate Learning;
c) Critical Inquiry Courses;
d) Gateway Program Group.
The University Library also cooperates closely with the instructional design unit of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The library liaison to CTL has an office in that area to facilitate communication and interaction.
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5. If applicable, how does the library facilitate faculty research?

Liaisons between the library and the various departments on campus are responsible for assisting faculty as appropriate. Additionally, the liaisons serve as collection development librarians for their respective schools or departments. In-put is welcomed from faculty members and in some cases, particularly where periodicals and electronic subscriptions are concerned, the teaching faculty have a great deal of influence regarding collection development. Occasionally librarians assist with grant applications either through reviewing or collaborating efforts with the faculty. An Associate Dean of the University Library is a member of the IUPUI Council of Associate Deans for Research. This permits direct links to campus-wide research issues.
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6. Does the library provide a variety of educational programs?

a) The library offers faculty and librarian workshops through the campus's Center for Teaching & Learning.
b) Numerous Web offerings, including full-text and digital image files, have been developed by the University Library staff and are available to the general public.
c) The library also partners with academic units for other educational programming that targets the general public as well as the campus, e.g.:
1) Bookmarks Program
2) Rufus Reiberg Creative Reading Series
3) Basketball and Books - a community outreach program sponsored by the library. It combines a Scholastic book fair to benefit a local middle school's library with a program to bring IUPUI athletes and coaches into the school to talk about the importance of reading.
4) Special exhibits such as the American Library Association traveling exhibits - the library arranges extensive programming that is held in conjunction the ALA traveling exhibits. Such programming has included lectures, concerts, movies, and the like.
5) Campus-wide events such as the campus open house (Explore IUPUI) and the Spirit and Place Community Festival are strongly supported by the University Library.
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7. How does the library promote and evaluate its instructional programs?

The library promotes its instructional program through the campus Center for Teaching & Learning (see Question 6). The library also promotes its instructional program through its organizational structure, which has created linkages between teams of librarians and individual schools, departments, and programs. Individual librarians have responsibility for evaluation and assessment measures of individual library instruction sessions. A comparison of the impact of an online tutorial or individual librarian instruction in freshman Learning Communities was made. The results of this study are now being finalized.
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Last updated by lcalvert on 08/03/2007