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The Z Smith Reynolds Library’s core instructional service is a credit-based information literacy class. In addition, many librarians teach library instruction sessions and do technology training. With such an emphasis on the classroom, librarians know the benefit of developing support for library instructors to help them teach more effectively. They have done this in a number of ways including designing a template course complete with content for new instructors to use, pairing experienced library instructors with new, and providing formal and information opportunities for sharing instructional techniques.
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Engagement, Leadership »

A number of the Library’s large-scale projects have made a strong impact on teaching and information discovery. The Library solutions to new challenges attract interest from the larger field. The Z Smith Reynolds Library instituted a credit-based information literacy program that evolves constantly to meet changing student needs. In 2010, the Library moved its web-based services to the cloud to allow for a more agile adoption of new services and discovery methods as the potential arises. Upon gaining faculty status, a mentoring committee was established to help shepherd library faculty …

Engagement, Leadership »

The Z Smith Reynolds Library offers one-credit information literacy classes every semester. When this program began in 2003, one section was offered during which a different librarian taught each day. Since its inception, the program evolved from co-taught sections to individually taught sections totaling more than ten each semester. The curriculum has evolved from highly proscribed to adaptive, depending on the needs of the students and interests of the instructor. Most recently, the LIB200 series introduced subject specific versions of Lib100. There are separate courses on business, humanities, social sciences, …

Academics, Leadership »

When the Library expanded to a 24/5 schedule in 2008, there were many hours in which the Library was open with no librarians on site to help users with their research needs. The Toolkit was created to meet address this gap. The Toolkit is a PRIMO recognized collection of short videos, text, and audio that is designed to answer students’ research questions quickly and effectively. The Toolkit can be searched or browsed, and is designed so that the content can be reused in a variety of contexts. The Toolkit has …

Ethics, Leadership »

Embedded Librarianship

One of the most effective ways to make real change with an individual is to become part of their life. At a medium-sized institution ZSR Library is able to do this through embedded instruction with courses. This takes place in specific classes: the special collections librarian works closely with a history of the book class throughout the semester, for example. But it also takes place in grander ways such as sending librarians on a bus trip through the Deep South as part of a service learning course that explored race, …

Community, Relationships »

The Library is passionate about collaborative public engagement outreach programs that extend their academic relationships, in particular, those that allow them to reach a diverse audience of future students. In particular, their participation in the annual collaborative program for high school students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was a highlight. Over a three day workshop, a librarian was embedded to teach information literacy skills and technology-based research tools to develop their problem-solving research skills in the sciences.