U Vic Library Teaching Prospectus


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U Vic Library Teaching Prospectus

  1. 1. The library – your teaching partner Information Literacy: information seeking habits formed prior to arriving at A fundamental academic college”2. Most often Google is the first and only source practice at UVic students seek out. In order to help students better Today’s academic libraries are much more than just understand library research and the value of scholarly storehouses of books. With wide access to scholarly information, universities are now widely adopting information, libraries have become dynamic learning information literacy— the ability to critically and ef- spaces uniquely positioned at the heart of university fectively use information—as a core curriculum value. campuses. Similar to concerns surrounding student The university library and specifically subject librarians writing, instructors frequently express concern that are key partners in realizing this goal. their students struggle to engage effectively in library 1 De Rosa, et al. 2005. College Students’ Perceptions “In my History in Art research and understand what constitutes a scholarly of Libraries and Information Resources. Dublin, OH: source. Recent studies show that most students believe Online Computer Library Center, Inc. classes I try to encourage the Internet has more worthwhile information for them 2 Jones, et al. 2002. The Internet Goes to College. my students to think than an academic library1 and that students “rely on Washington, DC: Pew Internet and American Life Project. of the discipline of art history as a field of inquiry, and research as an essential creative process for answering burning questions in the field. To support these goals, Lynne Woodruff [Art Librarian] and I decided to turn the library instruction classes into a problem-based research workshop in which students are asked to research specific research problems.” – Erin Campbell Assistant Professor History in Art
  2. 2. “After years of teaching and seeing first-year students under-utilize our library resources, I realized that just telling them about journals, academic books and getting expert help from our librarians wasn’t cutting it. I needed to come up with a research skills component that UVic Library would make sure they got into the and course-integration library and started working with academic sources. Working with Workshops Library-based assignments my subject librarian, we developed Each year UVic librarians provide over 200 workshops The adoption of library-based assignments is becoming an assignment for Politics 101 that to students, instructors, staff, and the community. a popular option for many instructors interested in facili- Many instructors are surprised to discover that some tating their students’ information literacy. Assignments had students scouring every floor librarians spend just as much time teaching as they are designed to complement the learning outcomes of of the library for sources, and then do selecting material for subject collections. Course- individual courses and can be as simple or comprehen- some. As a result of having this as specific library workshops conducted during class time sive as an instructor desires. Library assignments are comprise the bulk of the library’s teaching load. Usu- usually co-developed with instructors and their subject a mandatory ‘pass-fail’ assignment ally held in the library’s classroom, these workshops librarian. in the course, I noticed a marked introduce students to common research practices and resources specific to their discipline. improvement in the quality of the research my students produced for their term papers.” - Dennis Pilon Assistant Professor, Political Science
  3. 3. “In my first year of graduate Research Tips Central school at UVic I took a bibliography and research library.uvic.ca/site/research methodology course. As part of UVic Librarians have developed a series of web guides that help students explore research practices common to university. The Research Tips Central web pages include: this course, our professor invited  Citation Help & Quick Style Guides one of the subject librarians  eTutorials for finding books and articles to introduce us to citation and  Scholarly vs. popular sources  Books vs. journals, magazines and newspapers bibliography software as well  Using call numbers as the respected searchable databases in our subject area. It The C. W. Lui Learning Commons was extremely helpful and a huge learningcommons.uvic.ca time-saver. I used RefWorks and Located in the library the Learning Commons is a unique place on campus which brings together various academic got an A+ in the class and on my help services in one space. Services in the Learning Commons include: final bibliography. I also started  Library Research Help to expand my research interests  The Writing Centre  Peer Helping & Learning Skills and collect some great resources  Science Help (Chemistry, Physics, Math and Statistics) for my other courses.”  The UVic Computer Help Desk  Library Technical Help – April McNeil, Graduate Student French
  4. 4. More library support for your teaching Reference and Collections Services Course Reserves and eReserves  Contact your subject librarian library.uvic.ca/site/dept/access/reserve.html library.uvic.ca/site/lib/admin/subject.html Copyright and Scholarly Communications  Consult a Subject Guide: copyright.uvic.ca webapp.library.uvic.ca/subsplus/subjects/index.php Special Collections  Contact the Teaching and Learning Librarian: library.uvic.ca/site/spcoll/sc.html liblearn@uvic.ca Archives Music and Media Services library.uvic.ca/site/archives library.uvic.ca/site/dept/access/media/default.html  Use iMac computers with multimedia software WebCT, Blackboard & Moodle  Borrow digital cameras, camcorders, audio recorders and bbhelp.uvic.ca/instructors/WebLinksandLibraryResources.php accessories  Integrate library resources into course management Design: | UVic Graphic Services  Use screening rooms and listening stations systems Photography: | UVic Photo Services  Print, audio and visual material can be placed on reserve for courses Please let us know if this brochure was helpful or not: shenders@uvic.ca