Library instruction sessions can take many forms, including:
- Library tours
- General orientations to the Library and its resources
- An overview of research strategies
- Instruction in the use of particular resources (print or electronic)
- Instruction geared toward completing class assignments
The librarians of the Pratt Institute Libraries offer customized library classes to help prepare students for specific research assignments. These classes may be requested by any instructor. The librarian will develop a class, in collaboration with the instructor, that addresses the specific skills and resources the students will need to complete their assignment.
The assignment-based instruction program is based on the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education developed by the Association of College and Research Libraries. In addition, our goals include:
- Teaching principles of topic selection and forming a thesis statement or research question;
- Making students aware of where and how to locate information in their subject area;
- Teaching basic searching techniques for both the library catalog and the research databases;
- Teaching criteria for evaluating information sources for appropriateness and reliability;
- Helping students understand the principles and rationale behind the academic practice of documenting sources.
An instructor may request library instruction through the Libraries’ Web site by submitting the electronic Library Instruction Request Form. A librarian will contact you to discuss goals and plans for the session. If you would prefer a specific librarian, you may contact that person directly. In order to ensure an effective session, please observe the following procedures:
- Requests for library instruction should be made at least 14 days in advance, in order to allow the librarian sufficient time to prepare the class.
- Please provide the librarian with the assignment around which the class is to be structured as soon as possible.
- Please make a point of attending the class, not only to be aware of the material covered, but to encourage student attentiveness and help emphasize the importance of this information and the students’ need to understand it.
If instructors would like the class to take place in a technology-equipped classroom, it is the responsibility of the instructor to reserve such a space and communicate this to the librarian.
Questions may be directed to:
Head of Public Services
Pratt Institute Libraries