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The W.I. Dykes Library offers instruction on library and research skills at all levels. Our mission is to promote information literacy so that our students succeed in meeting the challenges of a rapidly changing information-based society. We are committed to educating our users to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically to meet their educational needs.
Use the Library Instruction Reservation Form to schedule library instruction. We can provide instruction in our classrooms, which are equipped with computers for students' use during the instruction session, or we can come to your room (if your room has a computer and a projector). Our librarians need 5 business days during the semesters to prepare for a class. Please schedule early to ensure availability of a librarian and preparation of materials.
Faculty must be present with their class during the library session.
Please submit a copy of your syllabus and instructions for any relevant assignment(s). Library sessions are most effective when scheduled to coincide with a research assignment. It is also helpful if students have chosen their topic(s) before the session, so that they may spend class time searching for materials relevant to their research.
A 15-minute walking tour of the library, its holdings, and it services, designed to supplement classroom instruction.
Instruction on finding materials in support of your specific course and assignments.
Individuals and Small Groups
We can provide instruction to individuals and small groups upon request.
We can collaborate with faculty to integrate information literacy skills and library instruction throughout your course. This can include lectures, learning activities, out-of-class assignments, and short sessions throughout the semester. Team teaching is welcome and encouraged.
We can collaborate in reviewing and developing library-related assignments.
Subject Guides and Pathfinders
Please contact us and let us create learning materials to support your course objectives.
The library instruction rooms, 412-North and 414-North, are dedicated to educating UHD students, faculty, and staff on the use of the library and its services. Library instruction classes get first priority in scheduling. Library-related meetings, demonstrations, and workshops can be scheduled, but they are subject to cancellation or rescheduling to accommodate library classes.
Classes that do not include a library-provided instructional component will not be scheduled. For instructors needing a room for a class, Enrollment Services handles electronic classroom reservations for the Academic Computing Lab (ACL). Instructors can make a reservation through their department. Non-library functions are not normally scheduled in the library instruction rooms. Any special circumstances are subject to approval by the Instruction Librarian or the Executive Director of Library Services.
We have created an Augmented Reality [AR] Tour, which you may assign your students to take outside of class, on their own time. This “tour” allows students, through use of an app on their own devices or through checking out one of ours, to walk through the library, with a provided map, finding videos throughout the library that will teach them about varying services we provide and basics of finding information. At the conclusion of this tour they will take an assessment, again from their devices and as a part of the tour, which will provide us a list of who from your classes have taken the assessment (which we can then email to you, should you wish to use their completion for credit).
If you wish to partake in Option 1, here are the steps:
If you have time in your schedule, and wish for your students to participate in the Augmented Reality [AR] tour but wish to do it at a scheduled time, where you bring your whole class, then we can schedule a session with you. This Option is also flexible in that we may also have time to address looking up information on a specified range of topics should your course involve a research component that you wish to address.
If you wish to partake in Option 2, here are the steps:
As some classes involve a heavier research component, you may wish to bring your students in for one of our more traditional library sessions, which typically take up an entire class period. These sessions are led by a librarian who teaches the students research basics, focuses on researching for your assignment, and, time willing, provides students with the opportunity to get direct assistance on their research questions from the librarian in the room. This session is most valuable when the students are provided with specific topics and goals in advance of the session.
If you wish to partake in Option 3, here are the steps:
The library and our instruction team is here to help you and your students succeed! If you have any questions, follow-ups, or suggestions for how we can support you and your class this semester, please let us know!
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W.I. Dykes Library • University of Houston-Downtown
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