It’s that time of year again. In order for our library teaching to take place, we need to get ourselves booked into our teaching colleagues’ timetables. Every year our communications get a bit more finely-honed, and today’s is undoubtedly the best so far. I’m emphasising the scope of what we can cover, and also clarifying the limitations of the traditional lecture format. (We’re happy to work within it, but can do more in other teaching situations!)
“We’re trying to get organised bright and early this year. Colleagues will already have had an email asking for updated reading lists. (Didn’t get it? Check your Clutter folder!)
“And now we’re offering our services to help inform and train our students in getting the most out of our library and electronic resources.
“We can talk about the catalogue; give an overview of particular electronic resources; explain how to access e-books and e-journals; give advice on referencing; or tell students about RefMe, a quick and easy way of saving bibliographic details for an assignment. We can give an overview suited to your students’ level, whether new undergraduates or more advanced students wanting to research information for their reflective journal. Or we can introduce some of our historical resources, if colleagues are teaching something that would be enhanced by them .
“We’re happy to appear at the beginning or near the end of a lecture or seminar – small chunks of information can be more palatable than a long spiel. Obviously, we can’t arrange any collaborative learning activities in the context of a lecture theatre, but we’re very amenable to discussion as to how best to engage our students in other settings, if this would help.
“”Relevant and Timely” is our motto, so colleagues are urged to get in touch so we can organise our calendars accordingly. Let’s start the conversation!”