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Library Instruction and Tours



Instruction, an integral component of library reference service, provides students and faculty with the information literacy skills to effectively find, use, and evaluate information. Several options are available including general library orientations, classes on searching and formulating research strategies, and subject-specific sessions.

Types of Sessions:

  • General Library Orientations include a basic tour of the building and an overview of various types of information resources. These orientations are generally held at the beginning of each semester on a scheduled basis, but they can also be requested at any time. All sections of the Emerging Scholars course (GST 100) visit the library for one of these sessions. Typically, an orientation is the best way to acquaint incoming freshman or transfer students with the library and its resources.
  • Searching and Research Oriented Sessions provide more in-depth exposure to library resources and an introduction to the available electronic databases. These sessions concentrate on the organization of library material, database essentials, proper construction of searches, development of effective search strategies, and evaluation of resources. Courses involving any level of research could benefit from this type of session.
  • Subject-Specific Sessions include tours that highlight relevant areas of the collection. During these sessions, reference librarians instruct classes on analyzing and evaluating subject-specific print and electronic sources. These sessions typically revolve around a particular class assignment, thus making the instruction more relevant to the students.

Although these are the most common types of library instruction, the Reference Department will be happy to accommodate other requests from students and faculty. The format, length, and material covered are just some of the options that can be discussed. We are pleased to have established excellent working relationships with academic departments throughout the campus and are always interested in extending our services. In an effort to improve our instructional services, students (and instructor) are asked to fill out evaluation forms at the end of each session.

We expect the instructor of record to be present during each session. Not only will the instructor’s presence reinforce the importance of library instruction, but his or her unique knowledge and perspective may also provide additional insight and benefits to the presentation.

Although we strongly encourage student participation and interaction with the librarian during every session, students are reminded that reference librarians are also available for "informal" instruction at any time.

To schedule an instructional session, please call (662) 846-4431.

Non-Delta State Students or Groups:

Delta State’s academic community represents our primary audience; however, we also welcome visits from groups located elsewhere in the Delta. We recognize the need for students to learn information literacy skills prior to entering college and wish to provide lifelong learning opportunities. Area schools and other local groups have free access to many of the library’s services and are encouraged to take advantage of any of the sessions previously described.

To schedule an instructional session, please call (662) 846-4431.

Reserving the Bibliographic Instruction Room:

Faculty can also reserve the library’s electronic classroom. Reservations must normally be made two weeks in advance. The room has twenty-four computer stations, a data projector, viewing screen, and an electronic whiteboard. Instructors may reserve the room for their own class-related purposes or take advantage of the room for instruction provided by a reference librarian. To allow flexibility for all interested faculty, the BI Room cannot be scheduled for class meetings for the duration of a semester.

Before an instructor may use the room without a librarian’s assistance, he/she must attend an equipment orientation session. To obtain information about attending an orientation to the electronic classroom or to reserve the room, please call a reference librarian at (662) 846-4431.



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