When it comes to library assignments, library faculty are excellent resources for creating new or modifying existing assignments that involve library research. Librarians are also willing and able to provide library research instruction to individual classes in the library, in your classroom, or online via web conferencing.
While a librarian will not create an assignment for you, one will be glad to work with you in developing the assignment, look at a draft, and provide comments and suggestions. Since students will be coming to librarians for help, it would help us (and therefore the students) to have a copy of the assignment, and recommended sources, in advance. When an assignment is over, librarians may be able to provide feedback. Did any students seem confused or have trouble understanding the assignment? Were there any resource or access problems related to the assignment? Faculty and librarians working together can make library assignments successful learning experiences for students.
To identify the liaison to your department and to find their contact information, visit our list of Library Liaisons by Department.
Purpose of library assignments:
An effective library assignment has a specific, understood purpose. It relates to some aspect of the course subject matter and identified learning objectives. Properly implemented library assignments can:
A library assignment that meets these criteria is an excellent teaching tool, and can enhance and enrich the student's learning experience. It also increases the understanding of the subject matter and builds research skills.
Pitfalls to avoid:
Implementation of library assignments:
The most successful and effective library assignments are those developed through the collaboration of library faculty and departmental teaching faculty. Librarians are ready and willing to assist individual faculty (or departments) in developing strong, meaningful library research assignments that meet the learning objectives of individual classes and students and that support the teaching efforts of all MSU faculty.
In order to be effective, instructors should thoroughly prepare students for the assignment:
Characteristics of effective assignments:
Instruction and orientations:
We offer a variety of customized orientations or instructional sessions to meet your needs. To schedule an instruction session, contact your Library Liaison or the library's Instructional Services librarian, Sheila Bonnand, at 994-4130 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.