Richland College Library

What Instructors Should Know

1. Information literacy, the ability to locate, evaluate and use information critically and ethically, is a major theme in the DCCCD Core Curriculum.  Librarians are available to help you design activities and lessons that incorporate information literacy skills. Find out who your liaision librarian is.

2. Library instruction is available in a variety of formats.Your students can learn basic research skills and earn the Information Literacy Certificate by attending our 3 Research workshops.  If they require additional library instruction, call 972-238-6082 to schedule a librarian-led workshop.  Workshops must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.

3. Scholarly and academic sources are available -- both in-print and online.  Students can access the DCCCD online library catalog and our subscription databases 24 hours a day -- as can you.  The also have borrowing privileges and may use in-library resources at all 7 campuses in the DCCCD.

4. Research Strategy is our specialty. Librarians are available to help students find sources appropriate for their assignments.  We can guide them through the research process and help them develop their own research strategies. 

5. MLA and APA documentation formats are another thing librarians know about. NoodleTools, an online citation generator, helps students create properly formatted works cited lists in both styles  You can also set up a class in NoodleTools and view your students’ citations and note cards. 

6. eCampus is another place where you can introduce a librarian to your class. Add a librarian as a Course Builder to a course to your distance learning course and the librarian can provide additional research guidance to your students by participating in discussion boards, sharing relevant links, posting research guides, etc.

7. Research assignments can benefit from a librarian's review. Send us copies early in the semester.  If we know what kind of research your students will be conducting, we can ensure we have appropriate resources and we can develop research guides for your students.

8. Library resources in your field. Schedule an appointment with a librarian for a personal or group demonstration of library resources in your field. You'll be amazed at what's available. TOLI credit available.

9. Collection Development is about building a book collection that serves your students needs. Schedule a meeting with our Collection Development librarian to learn about the materials we own and to make recommendations. You can also submit a recommendation for a book or periodical purchase on our website.

10. Course reserve allows you to alleviate the pain of high textbook prices. Put class materials, including required and recommended reading, on course reserve in the library or on electronic reserve.

Some Things You Can Do for Your Students

Find books
Find articles in databases
Recommend ASAP12 or ASAP5 for planning
Recommend NoodleTools for Works Cited
Show your students a sample research paper
Review sample student essays (all types)
Research current /controversial issues
Use topic ideas or (better) encourage them to think it through

Send your students to library classes
Locate a specific journal
Recommend a book or periodical
Place materials on reserve
Browse our new book shelf

And don't forget...

Take the time to learn what reference librarians do.
Contact us for anything
Place textbooks on reserve
Read our "Letter to Faculty"
Bring your class to the library
Investigate "learn the library" assignments
Ask for an assignment alert carts
Use electronic databases and resources
Use intercampus loan (ICL)
Use interlibrary loan (ILL)
Browse the Library Handbook
Reserve library classroom (L126) for instruction
Consider research tutorials
Use and recommend Texshare cards


See also
Teaching Resources
General Services

ESOL Students
High School Students

What All Students Should Know

What All Students Should Be Able to Do

Library Classes & Online Learning

Teaching Resources
Education Index
Professional Development Collection

Our Delicious Bookmark Collections

Assignment Alert Carts
Assignment Reviews
Bibliographic Assistance/MLA
Book/Periodical Request Form
Bringing Your Class to Library
Classes for Faculty
Contacting Us
Copy Machines
Course Reserve – Books & Articles
Course Reserve – Electronic
Electronic Databases
Electronic Reserve
E-mail Hotline
Faculty Memo
Group Study Rooms
Holds on Books
Information Literacy
Information Literacy Certificate
Inter-Campus Loan
Inter-Library Loan
Knowledge Checker
Laptop Computers
Learn the Library Assignments
Library Catalog
Library Handbook
Library Instruction Class Calendar
Library Instruction Program Page
Library Liaisons
Library Reserve (Print)
Media Equipment
MLA Assistance
Multi-Media Production
Online Databases
Open Lab (L126)
Printing in Library
Reference Service
Research Classes
Research Paper Assistance
Research Tutorials
Reserving Lab for Instruction
Richland Intranet
Scanner (Flatbed)
Special Topics Classes
Subscription Databases
TexShare Cards
Topic List
Transparency Maker - Color, B&W
Videos & Other Teaching Media
Wireless Internet Access
Writing and Grammar

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