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New Faculty Library Orientation

A one-stop guide for new faculty about the Samuel C. Williams Library's tools and resources.

Academic Support from the Library

The Instruction Team here at the Library is ready and willing to work with you and your students in a number of ways:

  • Instruction sessions, either here in the Library or in your classroom
  • Course guides, which can be integrated into your class's Canvas shell
  • Information literacy

Instruction Sessions

To promote advanced library research education, the Library's Instruction Librarians are happy to collaborate with faculty members to create a session tailored to the specific research needs of a course or department. So that the session is meaningful, non-redundant, and relevant to the students,

  • The faculty member will collaborate with the librarian to design an instruction session that meets the research needs of a specific assignment. The instruction session will be valuable only if it addresses a specific learning objective.
     
  • Faculty members are required to be present at the session so that the faculty member can see the sources shown and the issues discussed as well as demonstrate to the students that the faculty member values research skills and the outcome of the assignment, and that the instruction session is an integral part of the coursework.

Sessions are usually held in the Library Training Room (204), on the Library's second floor, but we are happy to come to your classroom if your class holds over 30 students, or if the Training Room has been previously booked. Sessions range from 30-50 minutes, and can easily run longer if we have a lot to cover.

To arrange a library session, please contact Vicky Ludas Orlofsky.

Course Guides

The Librarians are working to create course guides for many Stevens classes. These dynamic, informative guides can be integrated into Canvas for greater use by your students. The creation of these guides is a collaboration between you and your Librarian, and can tie into an instruction session or serve on their own. See the examples below for more information.

To request a course guide, please fill out the guide request form.

Course Reserves

Reserve Books
Certain items that prove to be high-demand/high-usage are housed separately from the regular collection and have a shorter borrowing period to facilitate fair access. Selected titles are entered into the Reserve Collection at the request of faculty or Library Staff and are shelved behind the Circulation Desk. Reserve books can be borrowed for 2 hours and can only be used in the Library. Faculty seeking to place Library Books on reserve must complete a Reserve Material Form. The Library will then take care of either pulling books from the shelves or ordering them if necessary. Forms should be completed as thoroughly as possible. Forms and material should be sent to the attention of John Cruz, Circulation Services Manager.

Reserve Course Materials
Reserve course materials include homework assignments, examination questions & answers, old examinations, etc., that faculty have placed on Reserve in order to provide convenient access for their students. These materials, arranged by Course #, can be borrowed for 2 hours and can only be used in the Library. Faculty wanting to place course material on reserve should complete a Reserve Material Form and submit it along with the material being sent to the Library. Please note that it is important that all items on the form be completed as thoroughly as possible. Forms and material should be sent to the attention of John Cruz, Circulation Services Manager.

Reserve Periodicals
A small number of popular periodical titles are kept at the Circulation Desk for a current rolling 3-month period. Reserve periodicals can be borrowed for 2 hours & can only be used in the Library.

Online Reserves
Online material for a course is not handled by the library, but should be put into Canvas for the specific course.

Instruction in Action

 

Citation Management workshop happening now in room 204. #citation #plagiarism #stevens #scwlibrary

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