University Libraries hosting seminars to help faculty better use library resources

August 26, 2010 | UToday
By Christian Stewart

The University of Toledo’s librarians want faculty to feel comfortable using the campus libraries.

To help, University Libraries is hosting “Connection Sessions” this fall. These 30-minute seminars will teach how library resources and services can support the work of faculty members.

“We want to empower faculty to use the library more for their research and teaching,” said Jodi Jameson, an instructor and nursing librarian on Health Science Campus. “As librarians, we do in-class instruction and see assignments that sometimes don’t make the best use of library resources. We want faculty to design assignments that take full advantage of library resources while meeting their class objectives.”

The sessions, which will run from September through December, will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. at both Carlson Library on Main Campus and Mulford Library on Health Science Campus.

Sessions will be held monthly on the first Wednesday for Main Campus and the first Thursday for Health Science Campus. Dates and topics will be:

• Sept. 1 (Carlson) and Sept. 2 (Mulford) — Designing Effective Library Assignments: Tips to Create Library Assignments That Utilize the Libraries’ Many Resources.

• Oct. 6 (Carlson) and Oct. 7 (Mulford) — Accessing Full-Text Articles: Training on How to Access Articles From Library Research Databases and Online Journal Collections.

• Nov. 3 (Carlson) and Nov. 4 (Mulford) — Using OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan: Instruction on Requesting Books and Articles From Other Libraries Across the State or Around the World.

• Dec. 1 (Carlson) and Dec. 2 (Mulford) — Using EndNote: Training on the Use of the Free Download That Assists in Formatting Manuscripts and Citations.

These sessions will benefit any faculty member or health-care staff member who wants to make the most of their library experiences, Jameson said.

“There’s a lot of information out there and it can be intimidating if you don’t use the library every week,” she added. “These sessions will show how the library can save you time and frustration when it comes to doing research.”

This is the first year the library is offering these sessions for faculty. If successful, more sessions could be offered next year.

For more information, visit or call Carlson Library at 419.530.2324 or Mulford Library at 419.383.4218.

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