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Consider the following charts pulled from the Annual Library Survey. Clearly you are key when it comes to introducing students to services and resources of the library and learning centers on campus.kw2

Does it make a difference? Yes, 90% indicate use of our services, facilities and resources contributed to their academic success.  Let’s keep the momentum going.kw3

Consider a class visit

kw4Our libraries and learning centers welcome class visits. Using our centers as open labs, attending a library program, or just touring the faciltiy can help students connect with spaces, resources and people that foster greater success. At our smaller sites, welcome a librarian or instructional support specialist into your class. Visible collaboration and partnership with faculty strengthens our work with students.

Databases

How do I find databases? Your SPC Libraries provide access to over 125 databases rich in content for all disciplines. kw5

Log in to see the depth of our online collections:

  1.  Log into ANGEL. Under Institutional Resources, click Library Resources & Services. Click Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z from the choices at the upper right of the screen.
  2. Go to SPC’s Library Website. Click Search Online. Click Databases by Subject or Databases A-Z from the choices at the upper right of the screen. When prompted, your employee ID and the last four digits of your social security number are your log-in credentials.

Databases contain more than articles.

kw6Need streamed content? Consider Films On Demand and Academic Video Online. Both of these databases provide access to thousands of videos and video clips that can be used within ANGEL and traditional classroom environments. Make or accentuate your point with visual/auditory content.

Dread that standardized test? Check out Testing and Education Reference Center for practice tests and/or study tips for the LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, FCAT, ACT, SAT,TOEFL, ASVAB, U.S. Citizenship, and more.

Auditory learner? Explore OverDrive Digital Media and Audiobook Collection (EBSCO). In addition, may of our databases offer an audio file enabling you and your students to download and listen to content in articles and books.

Hunting for jobs? Look at Career Transitions and Reference USA  for current openings and career tips. Career Transitions also links to internships opportunities.

LibGuides, who needs them? You (or your students) might! Look at these samples…consider creating one yourself or collaborate on one  with a librarian or instructional support specialist.

Learning Resources Liaisons and Locations  – Help abounds for you and your students. Collaborate with those who will work most closely with your students so that the message your students receive from us is consistent with yours.

Get the “You” Outta Here, Entrpreneurship, Mathematics – Link your students to the general or the subject specific help they may need. Partner with your campus Librarians and Instructional Support Specialists to learn more.

Evaluating Sources – In today’s world finding info is not enough, students need to evaluate its authority, relevance and purpose in the context of the task at hand.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity – SPC encourages Academic Integrity. We cannot expect that all students know what that means.

Prezi 101 – tired of PowerPoint presentations? Try something new. Better yet, have your students try something new.

2014 One Book, One College

kw7Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

“[A] masterpiece . . . an astonishing book that will leave you questioning your own life and political views . . . Kidder opens a window into Farmer’s soul, letting the reader peek in and see what truly makes the good doctor tick.”
USA Today

Read, discuss, think and learn!  Available for download and in print through your college library website or your local public library.

Our thanks to Joy Moore, Academic Chair of Mathematics (CL) for nominating this amazing book!

Thank you, Kim Wolff , for sharing the resources the Library offers for faculty! Instructors, share your favorite resources in the comments section below. What was particularly successful for you?

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