Library Instruction Sessions Prove Popular with Students

Reference Instruction Librarians Matt Colbert and Lorraine Patrick are taking reference instruction in a new direction.  For the past couple of years, Matt and Lorraine have been offering online library instruction sessions and online workshops through Zoom. Since Zoom works well across different operating systems and remains to be a stable platform for library instruction, this value- added service continues to grow in popularity, particularly with online students, faculty and staff.   The sessions are so popular that on one occasion, when there was a power outage on campus, the students attending the online session patiently waited for Lorraine to reboot her computer so that she could finish her session.


Below is a list of the sessions offered throughout the year:

  1. Online Library Instruction: This session is offered twice a month and covers the main function of the Library, along with its resources and services.
  1. Help! What is APA?: This session is offered quarterly and discusses how students can compile a reference list using the current APA manual.
  1. In-Text Referencing in APA Style: In this session, Reference Services Librarian Lorraine Patrick takes students on a deep dive into in-text referencing and shows examples for referencing interviews, personal communications, and citing multiple works.
  1. Demographics Now: This valuable resource is a ‘must have’ when researching prime locations for a business, or when doing sociological research.  Chocked full of demographic data, such as median ages, income levels, and education backgrounds for U.S. residents, Lorraine showcases how to locate reports and download data using Demographics Now.

If you or someone you know is unable to attend a session, a recording of each session is made and sent to those who missed it but would like to view the recording at their convenience.

If you would like to see what sessions are coming up, please go to the Library’s website and click on the calendar to register.

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