Library liaisons can help you develop instruction to support cadet learning objectives and succeed on class projects or papers
What type of library instruction is available? There are many library topics that cadets struggle with as they learn how to use an academic library. Below are some of the many topics that we can cover:
When does library instruction happen?
Where does library instruction occur?
How do I schedule library instruction?
Research Guides: Liaisons can work with you to create an online guide to give cadets a place to start their research for a large assignment. These can be created for large core courses, or smaller courses. Contact your liaison and look at these examples below to learn more.
Individual Consultations: Cadets and Faculty can also meet individually with a librarian.
Find out what materials are currently on reserve. Search by course number (ex. HI 108) or instructor's name.
The Reserve Room is located in the NE corner of the 4th floor of the library. Instructors can place materials on reserve here for cadet use. Materials can be owned by the library or by the instructor.
All library materials are marker with a use category:
All instructor-owned material must remain in the Reserve Room.
There is a copier in the Reserve Room that cadets can use with no charge.
To add materials (books, DVDs, CDs, physical journals, instructional book equipment, and other items), contact Lauren Simpson at x8333 or Lauren.Simpson@westpoint.edu. Please allow a few days for processing, especially at the beginning of the semester. Requests to add material can be made at any time throughout the year.
We can support cadets and faculty in a variety of ways. Here are some examples of previous library instruction in support of the curriculum and cadet activities.
In Class Instruction: We have offered library orientations to HI108: International History that are in the library during class time. We offer classes on research skills for cadets completing their capstone and thesis requirements. We also work with RS100/101 to do a fun interactive library orientation called the Amazing USMA Library Race.
Evening Clinics in support of classes such as SS301: International Relations, SS201, and SS202. These are generally 30 minute clinics to help cadets learn how to find the sources they need to successfully write the papers for these classes.
USMA Special Collections and Archives: Schedule a visit to the historic West Point Room to view original materials related to your course. Past visits include American History, Military History, History of the Book, English Composition, English Literature, and more.