Library Instruction and Orientations
Spring 2008, Information
became a required general education learning
outcome for all students receiving an
associate degree at VVC. The IC component
is part of the English 101 curriculum
that takes place as an instructional session
in the library. In addition to IC instruction,
research instruction for individual classes
in all disciplines. Each session can be
tailored to topics or assignments identified
instructor. Depending on the objectives
of the session, students are introduced
to basic information competency skills,
including searching the library Online
Catalog, finding full-text articles using
databases, accessing resources on- and
off-campus, and using traditional reference
Besides introducing basic research strategies, the sessions also give students the opportunity to hear about other library services and a chance to see the library and meet the librarians. Because we realize that students are reluctant to ask for assistance, the sessions emphasize utilizing the Reference Desk when working on research assignments. The overall aim is to reduce frustration while improving the quality and efficiency of the students' research skills. The results will hopefully lead to better prepared assignments for the instructor.
instruction sessions are available by
appointment and may be scheduled during
any regular class meeting time. For questions
or to schedule your class, contact Leslie
Huiner (ex. 2321) or John
Akins (ex. 2393)
or call 245-4271, ext. 2262.
We strongly encourage instructors to attend research sessions with their classes. It has been our experience that students are better prepared and more attentive when the instructor is present.
you would like to provide your students
access to copies of additional reading materials,
textbooks, sample term papers, etc., you
may place the materials on reserve in the
library for the semester
you are teaching the class. Reserve items
are available at the Circulation Desk and
generally are for library use only so that
everyone in your class has a chance to use
the materials. Student can photocopy materials
for 10 cents a copy. Reserve
are searchable in the library Online Catalog
Reserves by instructor name, course
name, or course number. You can also do
search by the title of the item.
Most materials that you would like your students to read or view can be placed on reserve. The reserve collection includes library books, instructors' copies of textbooks, personal copies of books, pamphlets, photocopies of articles, and videos.
If you would like to place an item on reserve, simply bring it to the Circulation Desk and fill out an "Instructor Reserve Agreement" form for each separate title. If you place a personal copy on reserve, it will be returned to you when the item has been removed from reserve status. Although reserve materials are kept in a secured area, the library is not responsible for the replacement of personal copies that are lost, stolen, delinquent or damaged by students.
Note: Please allow a three-day lead time for materials to be processed.
You determined the loan period when you place the item on reserve. Generally reserve materials are for library use only (2 hours) or overnight use.
the library Online Catalog under Course
Reserves or call the Circulation
Desk, ext. 2262, to verify the status of
items before telling students that the items
are available. Students become understandably
frustrated when they make a special trip
to the library only to discover that something
they were told is in the library is not
Please inform students that they must bring their current student ID with them to the library in order to use reserve items.
|Instructional Video Collection
library has over 1,500 videos (and a growing
number of DVD's) in the collection that
faculty members have requested through the
Instructional Media Services Department
(IMS) for use in the classroom. Instructors
can checkout IMS videos for one week or
students can view them in the library. The
library also maintains a general video collection
that students are able to checkout on a
2 day loan period. Both IMS and general
library videos can be searched from the
libary Online Catalog using the DVD/Video
Search feature. (Note: For a list of
closed captioned videos and DVD's, type "closed
captioned" in the video search box.
The term is listed under "Language" in
We encourage faculty involvement in collection development. We recommend that you first check the library Online Catalog to see what is currently available in your subject area. If you would like to suggest an item for the library to purchase, please contact one of the librarians or place your suggestion in the library mailbox.
|Effective Library Research
The VVC Library website provides a number of useful pages to assist you and your students (traditional and distance learning) in conducting effective library research. From the website, you are able to search the library Online Catalog for books, videos, CD’s, instructor reserves, and any other material available in the collection. The Databases page links you to full-text subscription article databases that are invaluable for research projects. The Research Tools page lists introductory guides for citing sources, searching the Web, and general research tips. Under Internet Resources you will find a number of useful links to Web sites arranged by subject. Please take advantage of the resources available from the website and encourage your students to do the same.
When you are planning a research assignment, the librarians are always available to assist you with locating resources. We also appreciate receiving a copy of the assignment in advance so we can ensure that materials are available. An excellent resource to refer to when designing a research project is Guidelines for Effective Library Assignments from the Southern California Academic Instruction Librarians Group.