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Faculty Toolkit

Library/Research Instruction

Assigning a paper that requires library research? A subject librarian can visit your class to help your students find the resources by introducing them to:

Instruction can be provided in Library Room 319, or in your classroom. 

Librarians create course and subject guides, as well as on topics such as citing sources and using reference management tools like Zotero or Mendeley.

Librarians have also developed a suite of short interactive tutorials Research 101 Quizzes.  At the end of the tutorial, there's a form that lets students alert their professors via email that they've worked through the tutorial.  Tutorial topics: Primary vs. Secondary Sources QuizScholarly, Trade and Popular Periodicals QuizEvaluating Sources Quiz, and Plagiarism Quiz.

Tips for Successful Instruction Sessions:

Plan Ahead
We customize each library instruction session to your course and assignment, so we ask that you submit an instruction request with advance notice as this  helps with scheduling sessions and reserving a classroom.

Collaborate With Us
The more we know about your course and your expectations, the better we can serve your students' needs, so please plan to share copies of your syllabus and research assignment with us. Whether in one class period or multiple sessions, we can address particular databases, skills, or research problems at your suggestion. We also build course guides with links to relevant resources. Just let us know!

Prepare Your Students
Students benefit most from library instruction when they're beginning to work on their research assignments and can make the connection between using library resources and succeeding in your class. Bringing them in at this stage also helps prevent procrastination on their part!

Participate in the Session
Your attentive presence conveys to your students the importance of what we're doing. When they see you interact with the librarian, asking questions or making observations, they'll be more engaged in learning. Your responses also help us direct the session to meet your expectations.

Course Reserves: Print or Electronic

To place a book, book chapter, or journal article on reserve for a course, use Leganto a tool in Sakai that integrates with the IC Library collection and allows reserve items to be searched on the library website. To get started, please see this guide on Leganto.   

If you have questions about using Leganto, contact:

Ben Hogben  (607) 274-1689

Subject librarians also work with faculty to identify licensed library resources and open educational resources that can supplement and/or replace traditional textbooks.

Course Multimedia: Audio or Video

To place a multimedia item on reserve, use the Reserve Multimedia Items for a Course form.

To schedule a multimedia item for a class session, follow these directions.   Note that these items, upon request, will be delivered to campus offices.

If you have questions, please contact:

Scott Fish (607) 274-3476

Kelly Merritt (607) 274-3880

Interlibrary Loan

Creating an Interlibrary Loan Account:  Click on the "Logon to Illiad" Link on the Sign In Page and complete the form that displays: 

Cornell Library Privileges

Ithaca College students, staff, and faculty are eligible to apply for a Cornell Library Card. The card must be renewed annually and allows you to borrow circulating materials on-site from any of the Cornell Libraries. Borrowed items are subject to these policies.