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Library Services for Faculty

What can COM Library do for you? COM Library offers a number of services to our faculty including custom guides, book suggestions, reserves, library instruction and more.

Library Instruction

Let us help you get your students up to speed for their research assignments! We can show them the best resources for college level research and include hands-on training.

Training for a specific assignment is especially effective. Not only are students more engaged, if they run into problems during class they can get immediate help, and that makes it easier for them when they’re on their own.

And that's not all! COM Library also offers library workshops for COM students, faculty, staff and community. Workshops for faculty are offered on demand.

Types of Library Instruction

COM Library offers tours, classes and workshops (descriptions below). Tours are brief and not sufficient to teach users how to use the resources of COM Library. Classes are designed to make COM students information literate, so that they can become lifelong learners. Workshops are offered on a drop in basis on a variety of topics.

We ask that you schedule at least a week ahead of time to avoid conflicts with other instructors, and also so we can incorporate your instructional goals and expectations into our presentation.*

* Note: Your presence is not mandatory, but we find that students generally respond better when the instructor is present. This also gives the instructor an opportunity to ask questions and focus on specific aspects most relevant to the course, as well as a chance to see changes in the library first hand.

Why Have Library Instruction For Your Class?

Reduces Student Anxiety

Library research is the #1 academic fear of college student and library instruction has been shown to reduce the anxiety. 

Encourages Students To Use Critical Thinking Skills

Evaluating the quality of the sources they find is frequently a new concept to college students. Library instruction can show them how to use critical thinking skills to evaluate their sources.

Saves Students Time

Literature shows that students require more library instruction than ever before to help them make the best use of their time and find the information they need.

Improves Quality of Student Research and Papers

When students use better quality sources, the quality of their papers improve. Some students have reported higher grades on their papers after library instruction made them familiar with library resources and how to best use them.

Reduces Student Perceived Barriers to Requesting Help

Once they've been in the library and interacted with a librarian, they feel more comfortable asking for help when they need it.

To set up library instruction contact kpark@com.edu.

Upcoming Classes

Schedule Library Instruction

To schedule a tour or class, contact Kathy Park at x 8201 or by email at Kpark@com.edu.