Instruction, Demos, Tours and Orientations
The Chemistry Library is always happy to provide specialized instruction for your class and the assignment you have planned for your students. Alternatively, the Library can host brief tours and demonstrations or we can come to you wherever you are on campus. Please contact Jeremy Garritano, Acting Head of the Chemistry Library, to request a session.
Creating Effective Library or Information Literacy Assignments
The Purdue Chemistry Library welcomes and encourages faculty and student use of its facilities and resources. A library assignment can be useful and appropriate in any class and the Chemistry Librarian is happy to help you plan and coordinate the learning experience. Before giving a library assignment, please consider and review the following assignment tips. Please contact Jeremy Garritano, Acting Head of the Chemistry Library, for assistance in the creation or review of a library or information literacy assignment.
Purpose of Library Assignments
An effective library assignment has a specific and understood purpose which is directly related to the course subject matter and addresses learning objectives. The assignment should lead to increased understanding of the subject matter through the process of locating the required information. Well designed assignments can also help students build life-long learning skills and make them aware of information sources and formats.
Implementation of Library Assignments
The most effective library assignments are typically developed through collaboration and coordination between a librarian and the teaching faculty. Library assignments, like any student assignments, need to be implemented in an appropriate manner. Students should be prepared for the assignment, told why they are doing it and what purpose it serves. For assignments which will use specific sources, students should be given a list of those resources, not expected to guess if they found the ‘right’ one. If the assignment includes complex sources or unfamiliar search strategies, students should be oriented to these by the faculty member or a librarian to make sure they have the necessary skills. Be sure to test the assignment, try putting yourself in the students’ shoes with their experience and perspective.
Tips for Effective Library Assignments
Pitfalls to avoid
Role of the Chemistry Librarian
When it comes to creating library assignments, the Libraries faculty are an excellent resource and can be consulted for creating new assignments or modifying existing library research exercises. Librarians are also willing to provide individualized classes tailored to the needs of your class.
Since your students will probably be asking for assistance at the Chemistry Library, it is helpful for the Chemistry Librarian to receive a copy of the assignment, and any recommended resources, in advance. After the assignment, the Chemistry Librarian would be willing to provide feedback on the interactions, letting you know if students seemed confused or were having trouble with the assignment.
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