Section III Part 3: Instruction and Outreach Goals

For the past few years, emphasis has been placed on the educational mission of the library. With the advent of the liaison program, the library will be able to begin a liaison-based model of providing discipline specific instruction. In addition, it will continue to be part of the First Year Experience and will continue to administer the mandatory Information Literacy module. In addition, the reference team will develop new instructional programs, particularly those that market the databases and encourage their use.

Since Information Literacy and the library's role in instruction (teaching and learning) are receiving more attention from accrediting agencies and the Department of Education, the reference team will reexamination instructional efforts, with an emphasis on the development of new assessment tools. The following is a list of the instructional and outreach goals and objectives:

1.      The reference team will develop a virtual orientation to provide all students, both onsite and distance, with an introduction to the library's resources and services. In addition, the library will continue to participate in the freshman orientation program.

1.1.   This will introduce students to necessary basics about using the library.

1.2.   This will encourage the library to work with IT to integrate library instruction and library resource links into course management software.

2.      The library will maintain its subscription to the LibGuides content management system so that librarians can continue to create templates for course and subject research guides.

2.1.   The library will purchase a subscription to LibAnswers, so that chat can be integrated with LibGuides.

2.2.   The reference team will assess the usability of the guides through surveys, student focus groups, or usability tests.

3.      The reference team will develop a series of library sponsored workshops and classes that can be offered outside the library.

3.1.   The reference team will offer more instructional sessions to student groups, such as RSOs, discipline cohorts, and residence houses.

3.2.   The reference team will develop instructional presentations that allow partnering with public libraries to teach the community about Alumnae Library's services.

3.3.   Liaisons will work with faculty in their assigned disciplines to incorporate classroom instruction on the full range of library services, including research, quantitative analysis, and multimedia projects.

3.4.   The reference team will begin coordinating instructional sessions with extracurricular activities hosted by student services and the like.

4.      The library director, with the help of the head of technical services, will position the library to help establish an instructional program on copyright, author rights (when contracting with publishers), and open access. The instruction will cover all formats.

5.      In cooperation with IT, the systems librarian will identify and acquire useful support technologies.

5.1.   The systems librarian will use circulation statistics to evaluate selection of new technology purchases.

6.      The library director will investigate the possibility of library sponsored speakers and programs.