MSUB Librarians also teach information literacy skills to students in the 3 credit course, LSCI 125: Research in the Information Age. This course fulfills a gen ed requirement and is taught both online and in person and sections.
Students who know their way around the physical library and the library's rich array of electronic resources are better students! Librarians help students learn to navigate library resources and by teaching information literacy skills.
Library instruction lessons can range from a broad overview of library resources to instruction targeted to a specific assignment. The librarian will work with you to make sure your students receive the information they need to be successful.
Schedule a library instruction for your class by submitting the Library Instruction Request Form. During the Fall 2020 semester all library instruction will be conducted virtually. After some trial and error during the first few weeks of class, we have discovered that the way a virtual library instruction works the best is for the librarian leading the session to send the instructor a WebEx meeting link and have the instructor forward that link to their students. The students can then join the meeting at the designated time from their laptop, tablet, phone, etc. Each person joining individually allows the session to be as interactive as possible. Information about using WebEx can be found here https://www.msubillings.edu/elearning/webex/index.htm. Please note that students should NOT be sitting in the classroom together. When more than one person joins the WebEx within 30 feet of another person joining the same WebEx it generates a feedback echo that makes hearing the session impossible.
Unfortunately, not all classrooms on campus are created equal and technology limitations make a session in your classroom very challenging. A successful library instruction session in your classroom take additional work on your end. The room will need a web cam, a microphone, and speakers loud enough to reach everyone in the room at a minimum. Most classrooms do not have this. If you do not know if your classroom contains these features, please contact the IT department at 257-5700 for assistance. If your room does have the necessary technology, a conversation with the librarian conducting the instruction session to determine additional logistics can then take place. Be aware that even with the needed technology in place the session will be less interactive than you may anticipate.
The Library has developed several video tutorials that you might also find useful in your teaching. These can be used in the classroom or embedded in D2L.
Information literacy is the ability of individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
Learn more about information literacy by clicking here.
The following is a sample of courses for which librarians provide instruction sessions: