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Distance Learning and Extended Campus Library Services: Library Instruction


Library Orientation & Instruction

The E-Learning & Instruction Librarian is available Monday through Saturday to conduct a Library Orientation and/or Instruction Session for your Distance Learning or Extended Campus course upon request.

Please contact Linda LeBlanc, E-Learning & Instruction Librarian, for more information or to schedule a library instruction session:

Library Instruction sessions may be arranged to be held at any Extended Campus cohort's site location or online for the Distance Learning programs at any time through out the year for your faculty and your students. Librarians are also available to help you create effective library and research assignments to incorporate into your courses.

We recommend that each program have at least one session each year for their faculty as our services and resources are continually evolving. These sessions will provide an overview of library services for faculty teaching Fitchburg State extended campus or distance learning courses, a tour of the library website, and a demonstration of how to access the library's electronic resources to keep up to date with the changes going on in the Gallucci-Cirio Library. Sessions can also be customized to provide faculty workshops upon request. 

The full range of Library Instruction that is available on-campus can also be arranged for your students at your extended campus location or online, and is tailored to meet the research needs of your students and your course. We encourage everyone, especially if you are teaching a research or research intensive course to use this service to keep up to date with the changes going on in the rapidly changing world of searching, research and information. The librarian will work with you to develop the session to make sure it covers the needs of your students. If you are teaching a course at an Extended Campus site, the librarian will conduct the session at your extended campus location. The session counts as actual class time the same way our on-campus library instruction sessions do. If you are teaching an online course through Distance Learning, we can modify the library instruction session to meet your needs and make it available for your students online.

The following instruction session formats are available:

  1. A face-to-face cohort student session for new students and/or an individual course at your extended campus site
    • Several faculty may combine their classes for a joint session
    • Several individual or joint classes at a cohort could arrange for seperate sessions at different times on the same day
  2. A synchronous live session for your online course through Blackboard
  3. Embed a librarian in your online course through Blackboard, Moodle or other courseware for the semester

You may request a library instruction session that entails one or more of the following:

  • A basic orientation which consists of a general introduction to the library, its services, and its resources.
  • Specialized instruction consisting of a more in-depth review of a specific subject's resources tailored for the course or research project and how to search in a specific database(s).
  • Special topics:
    • Citations - understanding them, using them as part of the research process and creating them
    • Developing a research strategy
    • Incorporating ACRL information literacy frameworks
  • Library skills and tools - how to use ILLiad, RefWorks, etc.
  • If you have computer and Internet access available at your site location for the students, hand-on searching is incorporated into the specialized instruction session. If you do not have computer access and/or Internet access, the librarian has a laptop and projector through which to provide the session.
  • If you use Blackboard or Moodle, you can embed the librarian as an active participant by making the librarian a co-instructor/guest to interact with students through the Discussion Board and Cummincation Tools, load tailored documents (PDF files, PowerPoint, etc.), tailored tutorials, etc. Note: If you are using a different courseware, contact me to discuss the option of embedding with that software.

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Linda LeBlanc
Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, Hammond Hall
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