About the Library's FYI Class
The First Year Introduction to the Library class is an active learning lesson plan.*
The fifty-minute Library Hunt is an active learning exercise which includes a brief introduction to the Library web site, catalog, and databases. Students use the web site, the Reference Desk and 1st floor service desk to guide them in their search for books from the Reference collection, circulating books, a current periodical, and a bound journal, as well as identifying databases for the discipline and additional information from the Library web site. This class provides students with a more in-depth appreciation of the wide range of library resources and empowers them to use the Library with the help of the web site and the reference librarians.
Students are divided into five groups and each group assigns a Leader, 1-2 Navigators, a recorder and a photographer (someone with a cell phone that can take pictures). See a sample Library Hunt Worksheet below along with a handout for the Library of Congress Classification System.
Sample Library Hunt Worksheet
* Library Sessions for Freshmen
Do your students tell you that they’ve already had library instruction?
There are actually 3 different components to the Library sessions for freshmen:
1. Freshman Library Orientation (first week of fall and spring semesters; for Transfer Students as well): A very brief, University mandated, orientation to library services, via our web site, plus a video tour of the library.
2. FYI 100 A well-tested active learning experience: students are divided into teams; each team needs to find different formats of library materials (like microform, videos, reference books, etc.). Each team takes photos of their found items, comes back to the User Ed Room, and tells their classmates what they found, how they found it and why it’s useful.
3. ENG 100 (half in the fall and half in the spring): An introduction to database searching using Academic Search Premier.
We basically don’t repeat anything; each session builds on the previous session and introduces new skills.