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Instructional Services Policies & Procedures

Instructional Services at Dupré Library is committed to the pursuit and promotion of education through library instruction and offers a variety of instructional formats:

  • General and specialized library instruction sessions
  • Individual research consultations for students and faculty
  • Identification of library and other information resources for faculty to embed in Moodle at the point of need for students
  • Development of self-paced instruction modules for Moodle that cover the use of specific databases and other library resources for specific classes and assignments
  • English 305 - a one-credit-hour course covering basic and advanced library research techniques, information literacy, U.S. Government Information, and use of Special Collections and Internet sources

The Instructional Services Department operates within Public Services and is dedicated to the design, delivery, testing, and continual improvement of library instruction to ensure students and faculty are aware of and can effectively use information resources to achieve their research goals. Effective bibliographic and information literacy instruction reflects the University's primary purposes of teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service.

Users

Instructional Services supports the students, faculty, and staff of the University. Library instruction will also be provided on a limited basis to other areas of the general public, with a preference for educational groups such as area high schools. Members and affiliates of the University will be given priority in the scheduling and provision of services.

Mission

  • To provide library orientation and instruction demonstrating the effective utilization of available library resources and services;
  • To provide current and effective instruction in the form of print and online resource handouts, tutorials and database guides; and
  • To provide effective classroom instruction targeted to the specific level of the user's sophistication and needs, as established in advance by collaboration between the library instructor and course instructor.

Requesting Library Instruction

Research assignments are vital to effective library instruction. Research suggests that the best way to improve research and information literacy skills is at the point of need. Retention is optimized when learners have an immediate information need and can practice using library resources to meet those needs. Classes coming to the library for an instructional session are encouraged to have an assignment or project to work on.

Instructional Services is willing and able to work with instructors to develop and tailor both online and in-person instruction specific to their students' research needs, class, and assignments. Sessions range from general overviews of library services to how to find the discipline-specific resources you would like them to use. Library instruction can be synchronous or asynchronous, depending on your student learning objectives and the time available in your syllabus this semester.

Complete a Library Instruction Request to start the library instruction scheduling and design process. After receiving your request, the Instructional Services team will work with you to plan a session and identify potential learning outcomes revolving around the research assignment or project.

We ask that instructors give at least a two weeks' notice when booking instructional sessions to allow time for planning, but don't hesitate to ask if you have a library instruction emergency.

Requesting Library Tours

General and specialized library tours can be scheduled in advance for University classes as well as off-campus groups. Non-university groups such as high schools are encouraged to schedule tours during intersessions.

Contact learn.library@louisiana.edu to schedule a library tour.

Requesting Individual Research Consultations

In-person or Zoom research consultations for students and faculty are available. Contact the Reference Desk at reference@louisiana.edu to schedule an appointment.

Facilities

The Gloria S. Cline, D.L.S Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory

The Gloria S. Cline, D.L.S Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory (Bib Lab), named after a former library director, is a SMART Classroom designed to facilitate library instruction. The lab includes a podium, instructor's computer with Internet access, ceiling-mounted projector, document camera, DVD, VCR, motorized screen, webcam, microphone, and enhanced sound and lighting. A phone connection is available for web conferences.

The classroom is for the use of library instruction only. Thirty (30) computers are available for hands-on use. The capacity is thirty (30) users.

Individuals requesting use of the Bib Lab for library instruction must contact Instructional Services, Tiffany Ellis, Senior Instructor and Instruction Librarian, at (337) 482-5123 or learn.library@louisiana.edu. Special hardware or software installations require at least a five-day notice.

Bib Lab computers and equipment are available thanks to Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) Grants.

Bib Lab

Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab

The Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab is adjacent to the Reference Desk. This lab provides twenty-four (24) computers for researching and accessing online library resources, the Dupré Library Catalog, and U.S. Government Information resources.

Use your ULID and password to log in. Students can print to the STEP Lab printers on the 1st Floor from these computers using PaperCut.

Visitors not affiliated with the University can use the ROC Lab for research purposes only. Inquire at the Reference Desk and view the Use of Electronic Resources by Visitors Policy.

Applications available:

Reference Online Center (ROC) Lab Policy

ROC Lab computers are available thanks to a Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) Grant.

ROC Lab

Contact

learn.library@louisiana.edu

Tiffany Ellis | Senior Instructor and Instruction Librarian
(337) 482-5123 | Room 152 | tiffany.ellis@louisiana.edu

Reese Benoit | Visting Instructor
(337) 482-1160 | Room 153 | reese.benoit1@louisiana.edu

Andrea Broussard | Visiting Instructor
(337) 482-6472 | Room 150 | andrea.broussard@louisiana.edu

[ Last Revised on September 6, 2022 ]