Faculty Instructional Services

Library as a Classroom

Many instructors bring their classes to the library to do independent research. At the same time these classes are using the library, the needs of students not in the group must be considered, and a quiet study atmosphere must be maintained. In order to make this possible, the following library policy has been adopted:

  • It is recommended that faculty planning a class meeting in the library notify Reference at (518) 629-7337 at least 24 hours in advance indicating the class time and the purpose of the visit.
  • The instructor must stay with the group and maintain an acceptable classroom atmosphere. Activities not tolerated in the classroom are not acceptable in the Library.
  • The instructor should arrange to work with the students at a location that does not interfere with regular reference and circulation desk activities.

Information Literacy Instruction Program

The Library Information Literacy Instruction Program orients and instructs classes on the resources, facilities, and services of the library. Information Literacy classes are tailored to meet the instructor's objectives. These sessions can take place in the Multi-Purpose Room (a multi-media classroom) on the second level of the Library, in the Flexible Learning Space (FLS), or any computer lab. Faculty members must remain with their classes. Faculty presence and participation during class instruction can assist librarians to focus on course objectives. General introductory presentations are also available for College Forum classes. These presentations provide an overview of available library services and basic general research. The Library Instruction Coordinator works closely with faculty to assess what they require.

The following prepared library assignments may be used in conjunction with this program:

Library instruction is tailored to meet the learning outcomes you specify. To discuss your library instruction request, contact Stephanie Clowe, reference and instructional support services coordinator, at (518) 629-7392 or s.clowe@hvcc.edu.

NOTE: Please complete a separate request form for each library instruction session you wish to schedule.

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