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High School Outreach Learning Objectives

  • Students will be introduced to learning and research resources in a large academic library.
  • Students will learn how to identify and locate useful books in the Library's online catalog and research articles in Academic Search Premier (electronic resources database).
  • Students will have the opportunity to work on a research related school assignment.
Prerequisite Skills

It is expected that non-SIUE students or groups will have received information about basic library organization and resources from their school librarian/teacher. Since the Instruction Program will plan their instruction based on this premise, students should be familiar with standard library concepts and resources prior to their visit. Some examples include understanding how to use a print index (such as Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature) or possessing a basic understanding of library classification systems (e.g., Dewey Decimal) and the card catalog.

Students must have prior library experience and:

  • A visit should have a clear instructional purpose; e.g., students should have topics they are ready to research. General handouts have been prepared for many library resources and services and are distributed at the discretion of the Instruction Librarian based on the needs of the group.

Following the Lecture/Demonstration

Students may (depending on time, usually no more than an additional thirty minutes) use the Instruction Classroom and look up their resources. The Instruction librarian or staff member remains to help them as needed. Students can also use the PCs located throughout the building.

After the Instruction Session

A centralized place to meet at a table outside the Instruction Room may be possible. There is a place to store personal items. The instruction scheduler will make arrangements if requested. If advance reservations are not made, the availability of a centralized area is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Library assumes no responsibility for the security of items left unattended.

  • Instructors: Instruction Librarian or staff

  • Times available: Sessions begin between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Fridays only with exception during intercession

  • Content: A session includes location information (services of various library departments), information on organization of library materials (especially Library of Congress Classification), and demonstration of the online catalog and online indexes to magazine and journal articles (Academic Search Premier)
  • Duration: 30-90 minutes
  • Availability: One session per semester; exceptions can be made for two or more classes bussed together from the same school. No sessions are offered during September and Finals week of each semester. The Instruction Program will make every effort to accommodate schedules.