Request a library class
To request a session for your class or group, please contact your College/Department’s Liaison Librarian or call the Reference Department at 352.273.8408 . See “Guidelines” for important details about requesting Course-Integrated Instruction.
Types of classes
Tour: A physical or virtual tour of the library. Approximate time: 20-30 minutes
Demo: A computer demonstration of a library’s resource(s). Can be in the library computer lab or at a remote location. Approximate time: Anywhere from 15 minutes – 2 hours depending on the resource(s).
Orientation: An overview of the library and its resources. May include a brief tour, then computer instruction with particular focus on the group’s subject area. Approximate time: 1-2 hours
Course Integrated Instruction: A specific computer instruction class that usually revolves around a class assignment or project. Approximate time: 1 1/2 – 3 hours
Tips for Faculty – Library Assignments
If it is not possible for you to have library instruction for your class, here are some helpful hints for assignments that require use of the library resources
1. To minimize student frustration, ask your Liaison Librarian to look over your assignment even if it is one you assign every semester. Library resources are constantly changing. Your Liaison Librarian can make sure the appropriate resources are still available.
2. If you are assigning one particular book or article that the entire class must read, have the item or copy of the article placed in Course Reserves. This helps prevent the item or article from being stolen or hidden and so minimizes student frustration.
3. If you are assigning certain web resources for your students, have your Liaison Librarian look them over. The librarian’s training in evaluation of sources could provide new insight into the source’s validity.
4. Many professors tell their students not to use web resources. Be specific about whether this includes electronic journals. While an electronic journal is in a web-based format, its contents are often exactly the same as the print version. Many journals at the UF libraries are only available electronically.