Designed to be a collaborative effort between faculty and librarian liaisons, the library's instruction program provides individual and class instruction.
- "for over three-fourths (84%) of the students surveyed, the most difficult step of the course-related research process was getting started." -2010 Project Information Literacy Student Survey
- 75% of 71 independent- and honors-project Bowdoin seniors surveyed indicated that they learned their library research skills from a class taught by a reference librarian
Since the inception of the program, 65%-70% of first-year seminars included a research session
- "… incorporate into the course an introduction to information sources and to critical evaluation of source materials." -Faculty Guidelines for FY Seminars
What We Offer
We have developed a multi-faceted, collaborative approach by incorporating traditional, innovative and interactive instruction services to assist students in developing skills to find, evaluate, analyze, and ethically use research resources.
- Guides to research (http://libguides.bowdoin.edu/)
Designed for general subject areas or customized for specific classes, the guides present 24/7 access to the most relevant research resources, research strategies, and information about the library’s services and resources.
- First-year librarian program
Initiated in the summer of 2011, the First Year Librarian Program assigns a librarian to each first-year student in order to assist with the transition from a high school to a college library and to introduce them to library services and resources early in their college careers. Faculty are urged to contact the FY librarian if they have a student advisee or in their courses who would benefit from additional support.
- Individual research consultations
Beginning research help, assisting with research throughout a large project, or just some extra support as needed, librarians conducted over 350 research consultations 2010-2011. We encourage students and faculty to meet with librarians individually to get targeted assistance with projects, assignments, locating materials, questions, or suggestions for re-invigorating the research process.
Contact your liaison to schedule a class, appointment, or simply to find out more about our instruction program.