As you can see from other pages on this guide, there are lots of library resources you can incorporate into your classes.
Don't forget the most important resource - your librarian! Here are a few ways we can help:
Not sure where to start? Your liaison librarian can assist in the design, implementation, and / or assessment of assignments.
Decide what type of instruction your students need. We can provide just one type, or both - whatever your preference.
Resource-based instruction - for example, a librarian could show psychology students how to most effectively search PsycInfo.
Competency-based instruction - for example, a librarian could work with your students on how to evaluate web resources, or talk about the idea that research is a conversation.
Technological tool-based instruction - for example, a librarian could work with your students on how to use video-editing tools.
Next, think about the modality (face-to-face, asynchronous online, synchronous online) that makes the most sense for your class, and will work for you and your liaison librarian.
Keep in mind that the modality of library instruction doesn't have to match the modality of your class. For instance, a librarian might provide a Zoom session for a class that is held face-to-face.
Your librarian can assist you in identifying and embedding static library resources (e-books, research guides, etc.).
Your librarian can assist you in identifying open educational resources (OERs) relevant to your course.
Your librarian can share their contact information within your course.
Your librarian can administer and / or participate in a discussion board dedicated to library- or research-related questions.
Make an appointment with your instruction liaison librarian (see our list of liaison librarians if you're not sure who to contact).
Before the appointment, there are a few things to consider:
How would you like to collaborate with the librarian? We go into these ideas in more detail above, but just to reiterate, here are a few ways we can help:
Instruction - designing, implementing, and / or assessing research-related assignments
Resources - identifying and implementing library resources and OERs
Communication - sharing the librarian's contact information; creating a discussion board related to library or research-related questions
If you'd like the librarian to work with your class during a specific class session, when?
If you'd like the librarian to be available in Blackboard, would you like him or her to be available for the entire course, or just when the students are working on a particular assignment?
If you'd like the librarian to be available in Blackboard, how often would you like her or him to login to your course?
Blackboard role - which do you think will be most appropriate for your course?
Instructor: Instructors have access to all areas in the Control Panel. This role develops, teaches, or facilitates the class. Instructors can access a course that is unavailable to students.
TA: Teaching assistants—or co-teachers—can administer all areas of a course. Their only limitations are those imposed by an instructor or your institution. A teaching assistant cannot delete an instructor from a course. Teaching assistants have access to most tools and features in the Control Panel. Even if a course is unavailable to students, teaching assistants still have access to the course. Teaching assistants are not listed in the course catalog listing for the course.
Course Builder: The course builder role has access to most areas of the Control Panel. This role is appropriate for a user to manage the course without having access to student grades. A course builder can still access the course if the course is unavailable to students. A course builder cannot delete an instructor from a course.
Grader: A grader assists the instructor in the creation, management, delivery, and grading of items, such as tests and discussion board posts. A grader also assists the instructor with managing the Grade Center. A grader cannot access a course if it is unavailable to students.
Guest: Guests have no access to the Control Panel. Areas within the course are made available to guests, but typically they can only view course materials. They usually do not have access to tests and assignments, or have permission to post on discussion boards.
See this Blackboard help page for more information:
If you and your librarian agree that s/he will be part of your Blackboard course, make sure to add her/him using one of the roles above!
Your methods and timing will depend on what you and your librarian have decided upon, but here are some general guidelines:
Help your students connect.
Keep the librarian informed.
Make another appointment with the librarian to debrief and exchange ideas.