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Library Instruction Calendar

The Reg Erhardt Library offers a variety of instructional sessions designed to develop your students' research and information literacy skills. Information literacy is an important life skill in order to effectively navigate the vast information landscape. The Library's goal is to help students not just access high-quality information, but also to help them evaluate and effectively use the information they find.

Sessions can be tailored to a specific assignment, tool, or need. The Library typically hosts instructional sessions in our computer lab, but librarians can also come to you.

The Library Instruction Calendar displays all upcoming library instruction sessions. If you would like to book on a date and time that is already scheduled, please submit your booking and we will contact you to discuss options.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Library Instruction.

Note: Requests for library instruction typically require two weeks' notice.

Read our 2018-2021 Instruction Plan.

Types of Instruction

The Library offers Introduction to Research Skills sessions and Custom Research Skills sessions. 

Introduction to Research Skills

The 2 hour Introduction to Research Skills session is required for some in-person Communications courses and strongly recommended for others. These introductory sessions can be modified for your needs if your students have not had a library instruction session yet.

In an Introduction to Research Skills session, students will:

  • discuss elements of an effective search strategy
  • locate a broad variety of information sources
  • discuss the importance of evaluating sources
  • understand ethical issues related to information use.

Students in these sessions typically complete the Library's Research Skills Assignment, which is marked by the librarian who taught the class and is worth 5%.

Research Skills Assignment Template

Custom Research Skills

These sessions are advanced and customized for your need. Typically, these sessions will build upon what students have learned in an Introduction to Research Skills class. It is recommended that your students have taken the Introduction to Research Skills session to build a foundation for the more advanced topics explored.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • advanced searching in subject specific databases
  • finding and using specialized industry information
  • searching on the web (Google, Google Scholar)
  • finding data and statistics
  • advanced information evaluation
  • using citation management software (Mendeley, Zotero).

Citation Support at SAIT Library

The mechanics of citations are taught in Communications courses for the majority of diploma and degree programs at SAIT. Upon request, the Library can teach citations to all other courses as a component of a library instruction session if students require a refresher or if students do not take a Communications course.
The Library also offers walk up citation support at the desk and bookable one-on-one consultations with librarians for citation questions.

Online Instructional Materials

Librarians can adapt existing guides and other digital learning objects — or create new ones — to support projects and assignments in your class. These guides are intended to supplement in-person instruction by the librarians, but can also be developed for distance education.

Librarians can also create instructional materials that can be embedded in your Brightspace, such as point-of-need learning objects, video tutorials and more.

For more information about eLearning options, please contact our eLearning Librarian.

Embedded Librarian

At SAIT, Embedded Librarian activities emphasize integrated instruction with students (small group interactive sessions, full-class lectures) over a full or partial semester. Embedded librarianship is recommended for classes where students will be completing larger research projects, as there has been a demonstrated benefit to student's confidence and research skills through this approach to instruction. The librarian may provide instruction to the entire class in the form of sequential or co-taught instruction in classes; online postings, live chats or video tutorials; as well as through individualized research and citation assistance to your students.

One-on-One Support

Librarians are available for one-on-one research consultations for students, faculty and staff. To request a research consultation, use our research request form.

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