Library Services Available to Blue River Instructors
Traditional Instruction Sessions and Tours
Library instruction classes are taught by librarians with advanced degrees during all hours of library operation. Contact the library at 816.604.6642 to schedule instruction and/or work sessions for your classes. The librarian can come to your classroom or your students can visit the library classroom to receive hands on experience using library databases. Advance notice is always appreciated to avoid double-booking.
Embedded Librarians for In-Seat or Online Classes
Library Instruction sessions can be customized into small mini presentations to demonstrate research components to your class as your research project unfolds.
For online classes, librarians are available to be embedded in your class to assist students with research projects. They can appear for a week or during a predetermined time of your choice.
If you don’t have time to include an instructional session, or if students miss a librarian guided research presentation, send students to the Research Lab.
Reference By Appointment
Those with very challenging research questions can schedule an appointment with a
reference librarian. The librarian will assist the user in locating quality informational
resources and also suggest methods to search those resources more efficiently.
Appointments will be scheduled 48 hours in advance. To setup an appointment contact the library at 816.604.6642.
If this is your first time teaching a class at Blue River, or if you haven’t recently provided a research assignment, please consider sharing a copy of the assignment with a librarian. This allows a librarian to see if the library has to purchase or update materials to ensure a positive experience for your students.
Sometimes an instructor can save students money by placing items on Reserve. Materials may be put on Reserve in the library for one semester if they conform to copyright laws. You determine the length of the checkout period. Please remind your students they need a photo ID to check out any library materials, even "library use only" reserve items.