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Instructional Services

Schedule a Field Trip!

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Customized Sessions

We are pleased to extend our instructional services to area schools. To achieve this goal, tailor your visit to best fit your objectives. ISU Libraries offers several activities from which to choose. Select from the following options, keeping in mind you can elect to have any combination of these session types.

Tour - A guided tour of the entire Library specifically identifying areas the students generally use.

Instruction - 30-minute to one-hour presentation that covers anything from the basics of research to evaluating sources.

Library Research -  Use the Library and its resources without any library instruction. Students may ask any questions at the reference desk. Please make arrangements with the Library for the date and time your students will be here. Reference librarians can open the computer classroom and offer assistance to students on their projects.

Guided Research - This often occurs after instruction, or for those students who are already familiar with our resources. A librarian is available in the instruction classroom to answer questions or offer assistance. 

What We Need to Know
  • Which class(es) will be coming to the Library?
  • Which days and times work best? It maybe be useful to have a back-up date, just in case your first choice is unavailable. 
  • What are the objectives for this field trip? How can the Library staff help you meet these objectives?
  • Let us know how many students will be coming along. Library 212 can hold 26 students, and 266 can hold 42 students. If we have a larger number of students coming, we are able to divide the group and rotate between the different spaces and library tours.
  • Use our Library Instruction Request form to complete your request. We will reach out to you to complete the process.
What You Need to Know
  • Field trips are usually more successful when there is at least one adult for every ten students.
  • The Library has a student lounge where students can eat lunch. However, the space is limited, and a large group may not be comfortable. The Rendezvous and Student Union Buildings are a short walk away, serve a variety of food, and would be able to accommodate large groups of students.
What Students Need to Know
  • Quiet voices on all floors of the Library
  • Be attentive during the tour
  • Follow any instructions given by librarians
  • Respect the Library's materials and equipment
  • Come prepared to learn: bring research materials, including a jump drive or memory device of some kind
  • There are snack and drink machines, printers, and copiers available for student use. The Library cannot make change. It is suggested that you bring change, or one or five-dollar bills if they will be using these machines.
Ready to Schedule a Field Trip?

Excellent! We kindly request lead time of about a month to get things organized for your visit.

It may be possible to schedule something on shorter notice, but we cannot guarantee it. When in doubt, please contact us!

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