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Reference and Instruction

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The Library staff is specifically trained to help you locate information. They are happy to help you find materials for class assignments or personal interests. By working one-on-one with a librarian, you will learn successful search strategies using tools such as the online catalog, indexes and databases, and other reference resources. You may also contact the Reference Librarian for assistance, or try our "Ask the Librarian" live reference service.

The Blake Library staff will gladly give tours to classes or groups interested in the resources and services of the Library. You may contact Sofia Birden to schedule an appointment. The staff also provides instruction on the use of library resources and computer applications. Please review the "Instruction Services" information below.

Information Literacy: Group Instruction:
The library reference staff provides group instruction to classes in Information Literacy (previously known as bibliographic instruction). General instruction sessions are scheduled first through the Humanities 102 "First Year Experience" classes, EDU 327 "Curriculum and Instruction I," and EDU 304 "Learning Processes." This allows library staff to target all new students to UMFK.

Group instruction is also available to all other courses. The instruction sessions for other courses are developed specifically for the class and allow staff to offer a more intensive session. Faculty may contact Sofia Birden by calling, emailing, or coming by the library to schedule an Information Literacy training session. Please be aware that staff need time to develop a session specific to the course.

Information Literacy: Individual Instruction:
Faculty, Staff, and Students are all welcome to schedule an individual instruction session with the library reference staff for instruction on how to use the library. Topics such as Electronic Books, Internet searching, Requesting books online are just a few areas in which library staff can help you. You may contact Sofia Birdenfor more information or to schedule an instruction time.

For more information about Information Literacy, go to Blake Library's section on Information Literacy that breaks down the standards put forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries.