Librarians offer several types of classes which highlight the library's print and electronic resources.
Bibliographic Instruction Sessions, contact the Reference Department
Class Instruction Sessions (15-45 minutes)
Working with the instructor, librarians tailor instruction sessions to support course objectives, complement the syllabus and prepare students for a written or studio research assignment. Librarians will come to any classroom or studio equipped with a digital projector and reliable network access.
• Research Process & approaches to managing information
• Researching a Object
• Mapping a research topic
• Finding books - searching the RISD/Athenaeum online catalog
• Finding articles – using electronic indexes to locate articles
• Finding images – electronic & print image searching
• Evaluating information - thinking critically about print & web sources
• Citing sources & avoiding plagiarism
• Group exercises to gain experience using library resources
• 15 minute “Resource Refreshers” - sessions focused on 1-2 resources such as Artstor, JSTOR, etc.
Individual Research Appointments (20-45 minutes)
Working with the instructor or individual student, a Reference Librarian provides guided research assistance.
• Identifying print and electronic resources useful for specific classes
• Identifying materials related to specific assignments, degree projects or thesis work
• Identifying materials beyond local collections; facilitating Interlibrary Loan requests
• Introducing and demonstrating the use of electronic alerts and ways to manage information for sustained research
Copyright, Searching for & Using Digital Images, contact the Visual Resources Department
Artists' Books & Special Collections, contact Special Collections
Full Class Presentations / Instruction (30-90 minutes)
Working with the Instructor, the Librarian or Archivist prepares selections from the collections for classes in support of course objectives, to complement the syllabus and expose students to special materials for research or inspiration. Materials are either displayed for the Instructor to present to the students or they are presented to the class by the Librarian or Archivist.*
• Selected resources from the RISD Archives (School and Museum Records), including architectural plans and records for RISD buildings, historic photographs, artifacts, documents, and RISD publications.
• Selected resources from Special Collections, including rare books, catalogues raisonnés, pre-1980 periodicals, or other valuable historic and contemporary materials.
• Selected resources from the Artists’ Books Collection, including artists’ books; covering either a variety of formats or a selection based on structure, content, materials, or concept; artists’ process archives; or ephemera.
Brief Class Presentations, following Bibliographic Instruction Sessions (15-30 minutes)
Working with the instructor, as the final portion of a formal bibliographic instruction session given by a Reference librarian, the Archivist or Special Collections librarian prepares selections from the collections in support of the course syllabus. Materials are displayed either for the instructor to present to the students or they are presented to the class by the Librarian or Archivist.
Special Collections Individual Consultation Appointments (30-90 minutes)
Working with the instructor or individual student, the Archivist or Librarian provides guided research access and individual consultations, into the Archives, Special Collections, or Artists’ Books materials.
• Identifying materials useful for specific classes
• Identifying materials related to specific assignments or projects
• Identifying materials relevant to personal research
Do you have an idea for another type of class? Contact the Reference Department with your request.