Library Instruction Sessions
Librarians at the Pollak Library teach over 600 library instruction sessions for CSUF classes every year. All CSUF faculty are welcome to request Librarians to instruct their classes.
- Yes! CSUF Librarians are faculty, and are highly trained instructors, using engaging, active learning. They have double-masters or PhD degrees.
WHAT IS TAUGHT IN THE SESSIONS?
- Librarians are subject specialists for all majors at CSUF, so sessions are customized for your specific classes (i.e., teaching how to search biology databases for a biology class, teaching how to find historical sources for a history class, etc.) Librarians will plan with you, beforehand, on exactly what you want your students to learn.
WHERE ARE SESSIONS TAUGHT?
- You can bring your classes to the library, and enjoy computer instruction rooms (hands-on learning), or a Librarian can come to you, and teach your class right in your classroom.
HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS?
- The duration is flexible. They can range from 50-minutes (specific training or general introduction) to longer, hands-on workshops.
ARE SESSIONS AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE CLASSES?
- Yes! There are many options: live online teaching (Zoom, Skype, etc.), interactive library tutorials (“Spark Tutorials” for self-paced learning), and instructional videos (at the Library’s YouTube eLearning page).
HOW CAN A SESSION BE REQUESTED?
- Simply fill-out the Library Instruction request form. NOTE: due to security issues, you must access the form either (a) from a campus computer on the AD network or (b) VPN off-campus or over wifi. Merely signing in to the Portal will not be sufficient. If you have difficulties accessing the form, then alternatively, you can email your request to the Library’s Instruction Requests Scheduler, Roberta Valentine, at email@example.com
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO REQUEST A SESSION?
- (a) Describe the content/assignment of your class, so your Librarian specialist can plan with you. (b) Confirm you will be present at the session (attendance is required, as sessions are poorly attended when faculty are absent). (c) Give sufficient advance-notice. Two weeks is best to guarantee a session. Less than two weeks? Although still possible, the risk is that Librarians and library instruction rooms may already be booked.