Traditional Instruction Sessions and Tours
Classes are taught by librarians with advanced degrees during hours of operation. To schedule instruction and/or work sessions for your classes, contact the library at 816.604.6642. The librarian can come to your classroom, or your students can visit the library classroom to receive hands-on experience using library databases. Advanced 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 library to consult with a Reference Librarian.
Schedule Instruction for a Virtual or Online Class
A librarian can deliver a detailed presentation to provide an introduction to library resources, support a research assignment, or provide a small mini-presentation to demonstrate a research component. In addition to visiting your class, librarians can create videos that you can link in your course. After submitting this form, a librarian will contact you within three business days.
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.
Schedule appointments 48 hours in advance by contacting 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 with a librarian. The librarian will review the assignment to determine if materials are up-to-date or need to be purchased. This will ensure a positive experience for your students.
In cases when a textbook is out of stock in the bookstore or if supplementary class materials are not available online, an instructor can add value for students by placing items on Reserve. Materials may be put on Reserve in the library for one semester if they conform to copyright laws. The instructor determines 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.