Library Instruction and Class Orientations
Beginning Spring 2008, Information Competency (IC) became a required general education learning outcome for all students receiving an associate degree at VVC. The IC component is part of the English 101 curriculum that takes place as an instructional session in the Library. In addition to IC instruction, librarians also provide research instruction for individual classes in all disciplines. Each session can be tailored to topics or assignments identified by the classroom instructor. Depending on the objectives of the session, students are introduced to basic information competency skills, including searching the library Online Catalog, finding full-text articles using electronic databases, accessing resources on- and off-campus, and using traditional reference resources.
Besides introducing basic research strategies, the sessions also give students the opportunity to hear about other library services and a chance to see the library and meet the librarians. Because we realize that students are reluctant to ask for assistance, the sessions emphasize utilizing the Reference Desk when working on research assignments. The overall aim is to reduce frustration while improving the quality and efficiency of the students' research skills. The results will hopefully lead to better prepared assignments for the instructor.
Research instruction sessions are available by appointment and may be scheduled during any regular class meeting time. For questions or to schedule your class, contact Leslie Huiner (ex. 2321) or Yvonne Reed (ex. 2393) or call 245-4271, ext. 2262.
We strongly encourage instructors to attend research sessions with their classes. It has been our experience that students are better prepared and more attentive when the instructor is present.
(Note: Please allow a three-day lead time for materials to be processed.)
Instruction Media Collection
The Library maintains a DVD/VHS collection that faculty members have requested through the Instructional Media Services Department (IMS) for use in the classroom. Instructors can checkout IMS videos for one week or request that students view them in the Library. The Library also maintains a general DVD/VHS collection that students are able to checkout for a 2 day loan period. Both IMS and general library videos can be searched from the Library's Online Catalog using the DVD/Video search feature. (Note: For a list of closed captioned videos and DVD's, type "closed captioned" in the video search box. The term is listed under "Language" in each record).
We encourage faculty involvement in collection development. We recommend that you first check the Library's Online Catalog to see what is currently available in your subject area. If you would like to suggest an item for the library to purchase, please contact one of the librarians or place your suggestion in the library mailbox.
Effective Library Research
The VVC Library website provides a number of useful pages to assist you and your students (traditional and distance learning) in conducting effective library research. From the website, you are able to search the Library Online Catalog for books, eBooks, videos, CD’s, instructor reserves, and any other material available in the collection. The Databases page links you to full-text subscription article databases that are invaluable for research projects. The Research Tools page lists introductory guides for citing sources, searching the Web, and general research tips. Under Internet Resources you will find a number of useful links to Web sites arranged by subject. Please take advantage of the resources available from the website and encourage your students to do the same.
When you are planning a research assignment, the librarians are always available to assist you with locating resources. We also appreciate receiving a copy of the assignment in advance so we can ensure that materials are available. An excellent resource to refer to when designing a research project is Guidelines for Effective Library Assignments from the Southern California Academic Instruction Librarians Group.