Instruction Sessions

Subject Librarians provide in-person library research workshops to many classes across campus each quarter. These sessions address many concepts in the research process, including but not limited to, finding and narrowing a topic, exploring library resources, citing resources, and the nature of scholarly research.

To request an instruction session, please contact your Subject Librarian, or complete the instruction request form.

To make these sessions as productive as possible for students, faculty/instructors, and librarians, please observe the following guidelines before requesting a Library Instruction Session.

Students Studying

Requests for instruction sessions must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance. Sessions are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please schedule early to ensure you secure a time slot that best fits your students’ needs. The best time to schedule a session is just as students are starting work on the project that requires the use of Library resources.

Library instruction sessions will not be ‘general library overviews.’

Point-of-need instruction is far more effective than library orientations. Students are more likely to learn and retain search skills when they are prepared to use them (i.e., they have been made aware of their research assignment and are exploring preliminary topics).

Instructors should provide the librarian with relevant material such as the course syllabus and information on the research assignment related to the library session. Feel free to talk with your librarian about what resources you would like covered, and be open to alternative suggestions. Sonoma State Library collections are vast and always changing.

We ask that instructors be present for the duration of the session. It is crucial that instructors be on hand to answer questions about the research assignment. Librarians can lead students to available resources and teach them how to use them, but cannot advise students on whether or not their chosen research topic is acceptable or meets course requirements.

If you have any questions about how to include the library in your course, please consider contacting your Subject Librarian. Your Subject Librarian can help determine whether the Library has sufficient resources to support your research assignment, and whether the assignment is realistic with regard to time frame, level of difficulty, etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kaitlin Springmier.