First Year Programs
The Libraries support AAP's Intensive Educational Development program each summer through a series of library instruction workshops, which are designed to teach critical thinking skills, online search techniques, and introduce library resources to students.
The Libraries support all sections of EDCP. User Education Services in McKeldin Library provides library instruction primarily for EDCP 108G (for transfer students) and EDCP 108R (for returning students). Karen Patterson, librarian liaison to the College of Education, teaches all EDCP 200-700 level courses.
Library Day introduces first-year students to research resources and search skills so that they may effectively find credible information for their ENGL 101 papers. All Library Day sessions take place in a McKeldin Library instruction lab and are taught by librarians or by specially trained graduate students.
During weeks 5-7 of the fall semester, Gemstone students come to McKeldin Library for a 50-minute session with a librarian. Students work to apply the concepts that define their research question to locate relevant sources. This is done in order to complete portions of the GEMS 100 Project Sheet.
The Library Safari program introduces students to resources and services offered by the University Libraries, and helps freshmen become familiar with a large and complex academic library system. After a brief overview of the Libraries' homepage, students are divided into small teams and given a set of exercises to complete. The exercises invite students to physically explore McKeldin Library in order to learn how it is organized and how to locate materials.
This program partners librarians with PWP faculty to customize research sessions for students. The library instructor will work with the course instructor in advance to learn the purpose and parameters of the assignment, and obtain a list of topics students have selected. Students will be encouraged to use the majority of class time to research their topics and receive one-on-one expert research guidance from the librarian.
In partnership with the Office of International Education Services, the Libraries offer students a 30- or 60-minute orientation to the Libraries' resources, services, and collections. The aim is to provide a brief but informative session where students are encouraged to ask questions about how to use and find library materials to support their research.