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Library Instruction Program

Instruction in the use of the Library's resources and services is available through a variety of options.

Instruction Services Offered

Course-Related Instruction

Librarians provide instruction, at all levels, in many areas of library and research skills, including:
  • the literature of specific disciplines
  • the organization and evaluation of information sources
  • the principles of the research process
  • explanation and demonstration of specialized reference tools
  • evaluation of web resources
Librarians work with faculty to tailor sessions to the specific course and to include examples of sources that relate to the topics of individual students. Librarians often will construct a web page for the instruction session which may include a list of relevant reference sources, as well as guides to the research process. Instruction sessions generally take place in the Bailey/Howe Library Instruction Center in order to demonstrate online materials and facilitate access to print materials. It is also possible to arrange library instruction sessions in another classroom on request.

Individual Consultations

UVM faculty, students and staff may make an appointment with a reference librarian at Bailey/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 Bailey/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 Bailey/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 Bailey/Howe Library, a hands-on demonstration of the UVM Libraries web site, and an introduction to research in a U.S. academic library.

Summer Programs

UVM offers a variety of summer programs to students of all ages from diverse backgrounds. The Bailey/Howe Reference Division works with instructors in these programs to tailor library instruction sessions to the students' academic levels and disciplines.

Ad Hoc Workshops

The Bailey/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.

Community Workshops

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 Additional Information:

For questions about any of the instruction options or to arrange a library session, please contact:

Daisy Benson
Phone: 656-0636
E-mail: daisy.benson@uvm.edu

Library Instruction with Special Collections

In addition to the instruction services above, which are administered by the Bailey/Howe Information and Instruction Services Department, Bailey/Howe Special Collections also conducts library instruction.

Special Collections offers course-related sessions which introduce students to both the rare book and Vermontiana collections as well how to conduct research in Special Collections. Instructional sessions have been held to support courses in a wide variety of disciplines within the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. We are continually working with faculty to discover new uses of our collections. To schedule a session, Special Collections at uvmsc@uvm.edu or 656-2138. Instruction sessions generally take place in the Special Collections reading room.

Bailey / Howe Library

538 Main Street · Burlington VT, 05405-0036

ph: 802.656.2023 · fax: 802.656.4038

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