Providing Instructional Services: Four Case Studies

This upcoming event may be of interest to GSDG members:

Providing Instructional Services: Four Case Studies

Date: Friday, November 9, 2012

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Providing effective library instruction often relies on matching instructional methods and formats to specific groups of users with varying research needs.  This panel session will include speakers from four different institutions.  Each speaker will talk about how their instructional program addresses the distinctive needs of their respective constituencies.  They will address topics such as the different formats in which they provide instruction, how instruction is marketed at their institutions, and any instructional innovations they have attempted or implemented.

The panel presentations will be followed by a question and answer period where the audience will be invited to share their experiences and observations.

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Study Room in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education on the south side of the museum.  Please enter the museum by the ground floor doors at 81st Street, not the main stairs at 82nd, and take the long corridor out of Burke Hall.  Buttons will be distributed at the door.

Reception: A reception will follow in the Thomas J. Watson Library.  We ask that you kindly check your coat and bag at the museum entrance before coming to the library.

RSVP: Please reply by November 2nd to with “Providing Instructional Services” in the subject line.

—- About the speakers: —-

Scott Collard, Coordinator, Social Sciences Collections and Graduate Student Services; Librarian for Education and Linguistics, Bobst Library, New York University.  Scott coordinates the activities of the Social Sciences team and the Graduate Student Working Group.  This group implements cross-cutting instructional and research services for graduate student populations across NYU, deploys an outreach and communication plan for graduate students, and caretakes graduate student spaces and space planning in the library.

Caitlin Kilgallen, Associate Library Director, School of Visual Arts.  In addition to assisting the director in the overall management of the library, Caitlin supervises the head of reference services, two circulation managers, and the periodicals/reference librarian.  She is part of a team of three librarians tasked with teaching, outreach, communication and assessment of the library instruction program.  She is currently overseeing pilot programs involving e-reserves, library liaisons, and library instruction.

Barbara Rockenbach, Director of the Humanities and History Libraries, Columbia University Libraries.  Barbara works with a team of humanities librarians to support the research, learning and teaching needs of faculty, students and staff at Columbia.  As a part of this support, she is planning an expansion of a Digital Humanities Center to support emerging research trends with new tools and methods.

Deborah Vincelli, Electronic Resources and Instructional Services Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  In addition to managing the acquisition of subscription e-resources, Deborah is a member of the Instructional Steering Committee, which oversees the library’s instructional programs.  She also participates in the Museum Research Staff Instruction Program, which provides training to the museum’s curatorial, conservation and research staff on the use of library resources.

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