Teaching and Classroom Support
How can a liaison support my teaching?
Liaison librarians partner with teaching faculty in many ways, including the following:
- Providing support for online and hybrid courses
- Teaching key information literacy skills and concepts
- Visiting your class to guide students in finding and using library resources
- Creating course guides with a discipline-specific set of resources
- Creating video tutorials
- Collaborating on assignment creation
- Providing library syllabus language that you can customize for your class
- Working closely with freshmen writing classes (WRT150)
Librarians deliberately focus their instructional support on courses with a research or information literacy component, especially general education courses, supplemental writing skills courses, core courses in your major/minor, research methods courses, and writing-intensive capstone courses. Your liaison is knowledgeable about your curriculum and can meet with you to talk about the best ways to work with you and your students.
Liaison librarians are the primary link between academic departments and the library. Every academic program on campus has a dedicated liaison librarian, and every librarian is a GVSU faculty member. They are your advocates and partners in supporting student success.
What are some examples of library instructional support?
In addition to direct support from your liaison librarian, University Libraries offers many other programs and services to support faculty teaching and learning. Here are a few examples:
Copyright & Fair Use in Teaching: The Libraries' Copyright Guide provides information about copyright for educators and students, including fair use, as well as resources for finding content that is free to use in teaching.
Open Educational Resources: Use our Open Educational Resources subject guide to find high-quality open-licensed textbooks and other educational materials for your courses.
Research Guidance Rubric: This rubric assists faculty in the design of research assignments that guide their students toward effective research. This document advocates for assignments that give concrete and specific guidance on research methods.
Subject Guides: Share our collection of subject and course guides to help your students find discipline-specific library materials. These guides can be embedded into your syllabus or Blackboard course.
Course Reserve: We can hold hard-copy items at our library locations with short checkout times for your students, or assist you in adding electronic items to your Blackboard.
Video and Interactive Tutorials: Librarians have created several creative learning modules to information literacy competency, such as:
2015-2016 library instruction by the numbers
- 9,795 : Students participated in library instruction in the classroom
- 56.3% : Of first-year students reached through library instruction
- 620 : Librarian-led instruction sessions
- 399 : Unique classes visited by a librarian
- 53.8% : Library instruction sessions held in a library lab
- September-October and January-February : The busiest months for library instruction
Can I bring my students to the library?
Yes. The Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses have dedicated learning labs available for library instruction. If no lab is available, your liaison librarian will work with you to schedule another suitable learning space on campus. Contact your liaison early in the semester to schedule a session.
- Mary Idema Pew Library has two labs on the atrium level
- LIB 001 – A more traditional front-facing computer lab with two projectors and a whiteboard; seats 48
- LIB 002 – A five-table configuration designed for collaborative work with three projectors, five mediascapes, and 30 laptops; seats 30
- Steelcase Library has one lab near the entrance to the library
- DEV 114A – A traditional front-facing computer lab with a single projector and large whiteboard; seats 47
All library labs are open for student study when not reserved for formal instruction.