Instruction in the use of the Library's resources and services is available through a variety of options.
UVM faculty, students and staff may make an appointment with a reference librarian at Howe Library for consultation on library research. A consultation usually lasts from 30 to 60 minutes and provides an opportunity for the researcher and librarian to work together without interruption or pressure.
Graduate Student Workshops
Graduate students, while perhaps comfortable with the general research process, often need guidance in specialized research in their field of study. Key information resources in the broad areas of study, such as humanities, business, etc., are highlighted in each session. Workshops focusing on more specific topics such as natural resources or english may also be arranged. Instruction sessions generally take place in the Howe Library Instruction Center in order to demonstrate online materials and facilitate access to print materials. It is also possible to arrange an instruction session in another classroom on request.
Graduate Student Orientations
Many graduate students are new to UVM. Each customized orientation is designed to provide a general introduction to the UVM Libraries, its services, and collections in the students' subject area. Instruction sessions generally take place in the Howe Library Instruction Center in order to demonstrate online materials and facilitate access to print materials. It is also possible to arrange an orientation session in another classroom on request.
International Students' Reception
Many of UVM's international students come from countries with library systems different from our own. This annual event provides an opportunity for incoming international students to become acquainted with staff, collections, and services in the UVM Libraries in a relaxed setting. Activities include a tour of Howe Library, a hands-on demonstration of the UVM Libraries web site, and an introduction to research in a U.S. academic library.
UVM offers a variety of summer programs to students of all ages from diverse backgrounds. The Howe Library Information & Instructional Services (I&IS) division works with instructors in these programs to tailor library instruction sessions to the students' academic levels and disciplines.
Ad Hoc Programs
The Howe Library welcomes opportunities to instruct members of the UVM community in library research. We are happy to meet with groups for workshops tailored to the needs of the group.
As time and space permit we are available to conduct short workshops for community groups, however; our first priority is to the UVM community.
For questions about any of the instruction options or to arrange a library session, please contact:
Special Collections and University Archives Instruction
Special Collections and University Archives has an active instruction program that provides students at all levels and in a wide range of disciplines with hands-on educational opportunities to work with materials from the Vermont Research Collection, the University Archives, and the Rare Book Collections. For more information, contact the SCUA Instruction Coordinator.