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Faculty and staff services and resources

This guide gathers together resources to assist faculty in using CCC Library's tools, research tutorials, and services.

Library instruction a la carte

Librarians are resources for you. Below is a menu of information literacy skills a librarian can address in an instruction class or Course Guide. Librarians can also consult with you to bring these skills into your research lessons and assignments.

  • Information literacy menu.Create a research guide for your class/project.
  • Provide materials for your online classes (e.g., videos, articles, information literacy activities).
  • Provide instruction (F2F, embedded, or online) on a variety of information literacy topics.
    • College library orientation
    • Exploring/narrowing topic ideas
    • Brainstorming search terms/keywords
    • Search strategies (e.g., Boolean operators, better Googling)
    • Effectively using library databases
    • Comparing/understanding different types of resources (popular/scholarly, primary/secondary, etc.)
    • Resource evaluation
    • Fake News
    • Using one resource to track down more research
    • Copyright and fair use in academia
    • TBD. Just ask!

How to request a library instruction session

1. Submit your library instruction session request using CCC Library’s Instruction Request Form.

  • Instruction sessions need to be requested at least two weeks in advance of the desired instruction date.
  • Incomplete forms may result in a delay of scheduling the instruction session.

2. Include information in the required fields on the Instruction Request Form. This information helps the librarian plan for and customize each instruction session.

3. After you submit your library instruction session request, you will immediately receive an email from Google Forms confirming you submitted a request. That email is not confirmation that your library instruction session has been scheduled.

4. Library instruction session confirmation: You can expect to hear back from the CCC librarian who will teach your instruction session within 3 business days during the academic year.

  • You may receive confirmation via email, phone, or in person.
  • Please reach out to reference@clackamas.edu or 503-594-6042 if you have not received confirmation of your instruction session within 3 business days of submitting your request.

Instruction request form

Library instruction guidelines

  1. Instruction sessions need to be requested at least two weeks in advance of the desired instruction date. Librarians may not be available to teach a session if less than two weeks’ notice is given.
  2. Instruction requests must be made using CCC Library’s Instruction Request Form
  3. A copy or explanation of the course assignment is required to help the librarian tailor the content of the library instruction session to student needs and learning outcomes.
  4. No library instruction will be scheduled when CCC Library is closed; contact a librarian for alternative methods of learning about CCC Library and research.
  5. Instructors must remain with the class at all times.
  6. Library instruction typically takes place in CCC Library’s instruction classroom (D112). The D112 classroom is equipped with the following:
    • 25 laptops (wifi, MS Office suite)
    • 32 seats
    • 10 desks
    • Instructor computer station
    • LCD projector
    • Document camera
    • Printer
  7. Librarians will reserve D112 for use during instruction sessions. If a scheduling conflict arises, librarians will work with you to arrange alternative classroom accommodations.
  8. If you would like to reserve D112 for use outside of a library instruction session, please check with a librarian at least one week in advance of when you would like to use the classroom. D112 is not listed in 25Live, and librarian availability, library instruction,  library staff use, and student use of D112 takes priority to external use.

How to request a custom Research Guide

Faculty members can request librarians create Course, Topic, or Subject guides (as a whole, we refer to these as "Research Guides"). Creation of these guides is a very collaborative process - please allow at least 4 weeks for requests to be met. Learn more about Course, Topic, and Subject guides.

To request a custom guide, please email reference@clackamas.edu.

Library instruction FAQs

Why should I request library instruction for my class? If you have an assignment that requires your students to develop a research topic, search for information, evaluate information, or cite sources, librarians can support that work! Recognizing bias, searching more efficiently in Google, developing or narrowing the focus of a topic, identifying "fake news," knowing when you've done "enough" research - anything related to information that you want to fold into your course - CCC librarians can teach.

Is library instruction only face-to-face? Nope! We are flexible and strive to meet your needs. Learn more about our F2F, embedded, and online instruction options.

What is the difference between an "orientation" and an "instruction session"?

  • A 30-40 minute orientation introduces students to CCC Library's website, collections, and services, as well as other academic support services available in the Dye Learning Center.
  • An instruction session focuses on teaching concrete research-related skills and is taught in conjunction with one or more course assignments. The student learning outcomes vary from class to class. Lab/independent research time is usually built in.

Who is my librarian liaison - aka, who should I contact to teach a class? In the context of instruction services, CCC Library employs a fluid model of librarian liaisons. This fluidity means that there is no one librarian assigned to each CCC program - and it means any and all of us can assist you! Please request instruction using CCC Library’s Instruction Request Form.

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