Coping with Mediocrity: Working with Less-than-Great Assignments - Webster (poster)
Start with the
values the library.
They wouldn’t use
it if they didn’t.
What to do with less-
of the library
Meet in person (or email)
Start a conversation with the
professor so you can transition
from fulﬁlling instruction
requests to a partnership.
No meeting? Free rein!
Seriously—you tried! Decide
what you want the students to
achieve and plan exactly that.
Example: A Typical
A general familiarity
with the library
Get students into
the stacks to browse
and ﬁnd books
No guidance from
professor, so it’s
up to you!
Use the motivation
to plan the activity
Turn it into something that is
related to what the students are
working on, or something that
promotes your library/collection.
The library is your oyster! Think of things
around a theme (services, special spaces,
or a notable collection) and structure the
lesson around that. Match the theme to
the class if possible.
Have students identify topics they need
to research or are interested in. You might
need to do a little brainstorming with them.
Limit their search to physical items so they
learn how to ﬁnd things but do not limit
them to only books; allow them to ﬁnd
DVDs or magazines as well.
Highlight useful academic services like course
reserves, ﬁnding required books or articles,
poster printing for ﬁnal presentations, group
work space for group projects, etc.
Coping with Mediocrity