New Faculty Library Orientation Asa H. Gordon Library

New Faculty
Library Orientation
Asa H. Gordon Library
Ivy Brannen and Lauren McMillan
Fall 2012
In conjunction with the HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute
Abstract Summary
As a vital entity of the University, a program will be implemented
that will assist all “new faculty” within the library. The
orientation will focus on how the library can enhance their
courses and research through library instruction, eLearning
assistance, and collection development.
The purpose of this project is to develop a program that ensures
new faculty are knowledgeable about the services offered by the
Asa H. Gordon Library. This relationship will establish lines of
communication between new faculty and library staff. Ideally,
these sessions will become a regular part of the information
faculty receive upon joining the University.
Project Goal
This project was designed to provide new faculty with
information on the library’s resources that would enable them
to incorporate these resources into their courses. Additionally,
it was observed that the faculty were often unclear about
library policies such as requesting materials, putting items on
course reserves, and the availability of information literacy
library instruction.
A new faculty library orientation was created in hopes that
these issues could be addressed while promoting
communication and establishing a stronger rapport between
the library and the university’s three colleges: the College of
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), the College of Science
and Technology (COST), and the College of Business
Administration (COBA).
Planning and Implementation
•Receiving support from Administration
–Attendance at Dean’s Council meeting
•Establishing an outline for the orientation
•Providing faculty with information on
library resources
–Providing additional sources of information
to take away
What we can do for you:
1. Who we are
– Librarian Liaisons
• Requesting Materials
• Library Instruction
– Information
2. Accessing
– Library Accounts
– Course Reserves
– GIL Express and
InterLibrary Loan
3. Accessing
Materials, cont’d.
The Library Catalog
Databases (Galileo)
4. Using the Archives
5. Using the
AudioVisual Center
6. e-Learning Support
Resources for Information
Literacy and Faculty-Librarian
• Faculty Quick Guide
• Selected Articles Packet
• Teaching Information Literacy:
50 Standards-Based Exercises for
College Students, by Joanna Burkhardt
and Mary Macdonald
Outcomes and Innovations
• 22 out of 27 new permanent faculty attended
the sessions
• For those who did not attend, an effort was
made to reach out to them following the
• Overall, orientation evaluations were very
Outcomes and Innovations
• New/different approach may be
necessary to getting contact information
• Scheduling/timing of sessions
In the Future
• Focus on gaining attendance of new
temporary and adjunct faculty
• Divide and conquer:
– Share planning duties among librarians
• Librarians can be responsible for getting the
contact information for new faculty from their
liaison area(s)
• Librarians can be responsible for different parts
of the presentation
Ivy Brannen
Lauren McMillan
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