Each Burns Library class is an opportunity for interaction and discovery customized to meet the needs of students. Although there is a lot of flexibility in each session, we do develop class plans for each class that usually include:
We ask that you make sure that your students understand why they need to participate in the library session and how the skills will make your students better researchers and critical thinkers. It is also important to set the intention that the students are responsible for learning; the librarians mediate their access and answer general format questions, but have not been in class, and cannot tie knowledge together.
Professor Rob Savage's Making History Public class held every session in Burns Library. You don’t have to be that committed - there are many different ways you can integrate special collections materials into your classes, some of which are outlined below.
While we tailor instruction to your specific class, there are a variety of ways to integrate Burns material into your class. It’s also helpful to have scheduled a library skills session with your subject liaison, to ensure your students have a comprehension of basic research skills and communication to build from.