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GPS Faculty Library Guide: Library Instruction

Library Instruction Activities

Library Orientation

The GPS Library Orientation is a 45 minute game held in the Kraemer Family Library during Start-Up Days. This fun activity allows students to navigate the physical library and learn about essential library services and resources. The stations have changed since last year and will cover the following library services and resources: the Research Assistance desk, the circulation desk, the computer assistance desk and printing, study spaces, and library collections. 

This library instruction activity is best used for GPS sections that do not assign a research assignment or sections that want to introduce students to the library staff and resources before the start of the semester. Each 45 minute session can accommodate up to 60 students. If your section has more than 60 students, you will need to claim two spots. 

The Library strives to use student feedback to improve our services to GPS students. As such, students are encouraged to complete an online evaluation of the Library Orientation during the first week of courses. Faculty will receive the evaluation form after Start-Up Days and are encouraged to share it with their students.

Gateway to the Library Tutorial

The Gateway to the Library Tutorial is a virtual orientation of the library spaces, services, and resources. The tutorial is designed to integrate with Canvas, which means that it will record students' scores when they complete the activity in the grade center. You can preview the tutorial by clicking on the following link:

The tutorial can be added to your Canvas course shell using the "Import from Commons" link in the right hand menu of your Canvas course. You can find it in the Commons by searching for "UCCS library" or "Gateway to the Library" or "Gateway Program Seminar" or "Kraemer Family Library". When you click on the activity in the list of results, you'll be taken to the import page, where you select the course you want to move it into using the menu on the right. 

After importing the assignment into your Canvas course shell, you can change the point values and place it into any course module you would like. 

You can also make a request to have the tutorial placed into your Canvas course, by contacting nmazel@uccs.edu. You will need to provide information on how many points you want associated with the activity (or whether you want it marked as a Pass/Fail or Complete/Incomplete), and where you would like it placed in Canvas for students to access it.

In-Person Library Instruction

A librarian is available to lead a library instruction session tailored to support research assignment outcomes. It is highly encouraged that faculty preview the Gateway to the Library tutorial before requesting in-person library instruction. Most GPS research assignments can be supported by the online tutorial. Additionally, students must be assigned a research assignment if in-person library instruction is requested. 

Library Instruction Requests

All GPS sections interested in any library instruction activity must fill out the GPS Library Instruction Request Form.

If you request to use the online tutorial or in-person instruction options, you must provide details about your assignment. If you do not have an assignment and would like to develop one, you may choose to pair with a librarian to discuss aligning your assignment to the tutorial. Look at the "Research Assignments" tab to review a list of possible research assignments. 

What to expect once you've made a request:

  • Library Orientation: You will be contacted by the GPS Library Coordinator to confirm the time and date of requested Orientation session. Remember that Orientation sessions fill up quickly! You will also receive updates closer to Start-Up Days about your involvement in the Orientation. 
  • Gateway to the Library Tutorial: You will be paired with a liaison librarian to discuss aligning the tutorial with your research assignment, if needed.
  • In-Person Library Instruction: You will be paired with a liaison librarian to discuss session outcomes in relation to your research assignment. 

Library Syllabus Statement

Please consider adding the following statement about the Library into your syllabus in order to encourage students to seek help from the Library.

Kraemer Family Library

Library skills are essential to your success as a college student. Librarians at the Kraemer Family Library are available to help students select and locate appropriate books, articles, and other resources needed to complete course assignments. Research help is available in person at Research Assistance, by phone at 719.255.3295, and through email refdesk@uccs.edu or online chat via the Library’s website, http://www.uccs.edu/library/help.html