The library offers tours, orientations, course related instruction, an information management series of bibliographic instruction, and various programs on special topics for specific groups. Individual instruction and consultation is also available.
Programs are announced on the Library Homepage (About the Library: Library and Internet Instruction), in the Library's MUSCLS Newsletter, by monthly letter to Department Chairmen and by posting the schedule on the front door of the Library. Classes are held in the Library (either in Reference or in the Informatics Lab). Upon request, a reference librarian will teach classes or give an demonstration in the requesting department.
TOURS and ORIENTATIONS
The reference staff will orient new students, residents, faculty and staff upon request. Orientations include a walk-through tour of the library with an explanation of library services. Some orientations also included and introduction to e-resource access, MUSC e-mail, NetID accounts and homeroom server space.
The most effective form of library education is course-related instruction. Upon request, reference librarians will work with professors and instructors to help design the best library instruction for their students. Often, classes in how to effectively search the literature are requested. This can include the use of databases like MEDLINE or CINAHL, as well as other databases, online article indexes, and e-resources. Classes on the effective use of internet resources help a student find internet resources more efficiently, as well as learn how to evaluate web sites. When possible, library instruction should be scheduled close to the time students will be required to locate information, compile bibliographies and write research papers. Instruction can be intgrated into "as needed" portion of the educational experience. This form of instruction is generally more meaningful as students are apt to learn what they need to complete an immediate assignment.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT CLASSES
The reference staff offers to the MUSC family a series of one hour classes each month at either 12 Noon or 1 PM. The classes that are offered include PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, Mobile Devices and Library Resources, EndNote and RefWorks. Although registration is not required, we would prefer that your register by either calling 792-2381 or online at Library Class Registration
Students, faculty, residents and staff may schedule individual instruction sessions with one of the reference staff. Contact the Reference Department by e-mail or by calling (792-2372).