ESL Outline, Introduction to the UWM Libraries
Session One, Instructor: Megan Metcalf
On White Board: Name, E-Mail, *Ask A Librarian* and Course Guide: guides.library.uwm.edu/internatI.
Introduction & Welcome to the UWM Libraries.
Who I am: A librarian in the Research and Instructional Support Department- This means that it is my job to help you succeed in your research. If you are having problems with your research at any stage (finding articles, brainstorming keywords, determining source credibility etc.) please reach out to me (point out e-mail on board) or other librarians. We love to help!
What we will cover: Introduction to the library resources available to you as UWM students, and how to effectively use them for research at the UWM libraries (finding books and articles). We will then have time for independent research. And, finally a library tour (optional).
Why this content is meaningful for you:
II. Where to Get Help in the Library
Does anybody know where to go to get help in the library? Ask the Class: If you needed to get (physical/virtual) help in the library, where do you think you would go?
**If there is no tour**:
A. Add RefWorks Segment
B. Spend remaining time on independent research, walking around and offering assistance to each student
(Choose one or both)
Several students expressed anxiety about knowing where they were allowed to be in the library. Really emphasize that as students, they are not only allowed, but encouraged to “be” in these places. These places exist for them to use.
• Throughout the tour point out Live Help Areas/Study Spots
• Point out instructional classrooms, class schedules are on the door. Don’t be afraid to use the labs- its open study most of the time.
Stop by UITS (Tech Help) Ask them what they do. Computers are equipped with lots of software- questions regarding that and tutorials can be found online or at this desk.
– Stop at the Ask a Librarian Desk. Ask them what they do. The desk is staffed ___. Hours can be found on libraries homepage. Encourage students to stop by.
– Printing/Print cards/Scanning Stations. Welcome Desk-maps/directions.
– Show Group Rooms, Talk about reservation system. Show on phone. Ask students to practice if they want. Can reserve immediately or up to two weeks in advance.
– Second Floor- Show stacks- Talk about Archives. Walk to Curriculum/Music. These areas have librarians and staff members available. Quiet study.
– Third Floor- AGSL- Maps/Globes/Local. Geography. GIS. Rare documents.
– Fourth Floor- Special Collections
– Lower Level- Media and reserve library- equipment checkout/dvds.
(Optional: We walked over to the East Wing to point out tutoring and the Writing Center. We stopped by the PASS desk and asked them to tell us a little about tutoring, and the students asked a lot of questions).