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Instructional Services Policy

Edith Garland Dupré Library offers a variety of instructional formats:

  • General and specialized library instruction sessions
  • Research appointments 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.


Patrons

Dupré Library 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.

Facilities

The Gloria S. Cline Bibliographic Instruction Laboratory

The Gloria S. Cline 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 telephone 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. Capacity is 30 users.

Individuals requesting use of the Bib Lab for library instruction must contact Instructional Services, Jennifer Hamilton, Assistant Professor and Head of Instruction, at (337) 482-1160 or jennifer.hamilton@louisiana.edu. Special hardware or software installations require at least a five-day notice.

Reference Online Center

The Reference Online Center (ROC Lab) is adjacent to the Reference Desk. This lab provides 24 computers for research: searching of reference online databases, the Library Catalog, and U.S. Government Information resources. Word processing and ChemDraw software are also available. Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) fees provide printing availability for current University students.

Preference for the use of computers in the ROC Lab is given to researchers accessing the Library Catalog, databases, and government information resources. Those engaged in other activities may be asked to leave if a patron needs a computer for research. For more information regarding acceptable and unacceptable uses of the ROC Lab, visit our Reference Online Center Policy.

Requesting Library Instruction

Schedule in advance general and specialized tours of the library for University classes as well as off-campus groups through the Instructional Services Librarian, Jennifer Hamilton. Non-university groups such as high schools are encouraged to schedule tours during intercessions. Classes coming to the library for an instructional session are encouraged to have an assignment or project they are actively working on. Research has shown that library instruction is most effective when students can immediately apply what they learn to work on an assignment.

To schedule an instructional session or research appointment, use the Instructional Request Form, or contact Jennifer Hamilton, Assistant Professor and Head of Instruction, at (337) 482-1160 or jennifer.hamilton@louisiana.edu. After receiving your request, our staff will work with you to plan the session and identify potential learning outcomes revolving around the assignment or project for which they will need to do research.

We ask that instructors give at least two weeks notice in booking instructional sessions to allow time for the design of a session specific to your students' needs, but don't hesitate to ask if you have a library instruction emergency.


Contact

Direct any questions regarding this policy to:

Blair Stapleton
Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean of Public Services
Edith Garland Dupré Library
400 E St Mary Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503
Room 154
(337) 482-1173
blair.stapleton@louisiana.edu


[ Last Revised on August 15, 2019 ]