INFORMATION LITERACY & INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT
What is information literacy?
Trexler Library supports the development of information literate students who can discover, organize, analyze, create, and share information in order to achieve their academic goals and to enhance their independent, lifelong learning habits. Information literate students will thereby develop an intellectual framework for critical analysis and reflection of diverse information resources.
Read the entire Statement on Information Literacy.
How do I incorporate information literacy into my assignments and courses?
Library instruction sessions take many forms, but often are tailored to a specific research project. Librarians can recommend particular resources, demonstrate search techniques, discuss resource evaluation methods, consider how items can properly be incorporated into research, and more, all in our hands-on classroom. Working in partnership with the faculty, librarians help define assignments to enhance your information and literacy course goals. A session can be schedule for part of a class period, an entire class period, or even span multiple class periods.
Library instruction can be scheduled in a variety of ways:
- via the online instruction request form
- by contacting the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, Jen Jarson, at email@example.com / 484-664-3552
- by contacting your subject specialist, listed below:
Note: Please allow at least one week for class preparation.
Subject librarians are available to work one-on-one with students on a referral or drop-in basis. Contact the subject specialists listed above.
The assignment ideas listed at Alternatives to the Research Paper may help you adapt your existing assignments or develop new assignments.
Other Instructional Support
Librarians are available to assist with:
- Integrating information literacy components throughout the course and syllabus.
- Developing course-specific online research guides.
- Teaching students about proper citation of web and print resources.
- Supporting faculty in incorporating instructional media in the library's Information Commons.
- Developing informational-related pedagogy for faculty Blackboard/Moodle sites.
- Understanding and applying copyright for both classroom work and individual scholarly communication.
You may place items from the library, or your personal collection, on reserve. Items on reserve include:
Requests can be submitted in a variety of ways:
Reserve periods are for 2 or 4 hours, and 1, 3, or 7 days. Students may take out one AV item or 2 printed materials at one time. Requests to place items on reserve should be made 3-5 days in advance of class assignments to ensure access for your students. During the first two weeks of a semester there is usually a backlog of requests which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please submit your requests as early as possible.
If an item has already been placed on reserve for another course, we ask that you obtain permission from the faculty member who has placed the item on reserve before using it for your own class.
Materials placed on reserve must comply with copyright laws. In general:
The above copyright guidelines all operate within the concept of fair use, described in detail in the Copyright section below.
Electronic reserves is now available. For more information, contact Jonathan Macasevich, Public Services Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 484-664-3606.
COPYRIGHT & OTHER SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION TOPICS
For information on copyright at Muhlenberg College, see the Copyright Policy and related information.
Data Management Plan Toolkit
For information on resources for writing and following a data management plan in compliance with National Science Foundation requirements for all grant recipients as of January 2011, see the Data Management Plan Toolkit.
Trexler Library is responsible for the collection and stewardship of scholarly and general interest materials which support the College's liberal arts education and lifelong learning mission. The collections are developed to serve the current students, faculty, and staff of the College Community. The Library selects resources for its collections primarily in support of the current and anticipated curriculum of the College, and secondarily in support of current and anticipated research needs as determined by available funding. Faculty members are encouraged to participate in the development of the library's collections by recommending new and out-of-print materials. For an expanded explanation of our collecting scope please refer to the Collection Development Policy.
A portion of the library’s allocation for books & monographs is distributed on an annual basis to each academic department. These funds are managed by your departmental liaison, in conversation with the librarian liaison, to purchase materials in support of:
It is important to note that half of the distributed funds must be spent on books. The remainder may be spent on other formats such as audio-visual. Departmentally apportioned funds may not be spent on:
Departments are encouraged to suggest items outside this policy when matching funds can be provided. Please read the Collection Development Policy and Textbook and Course Lecture Materials Collecting Guideline for more information about the library's collection development program.
For details on the roles of librarian liaisons, departmental liaisons, and interdisciplinary program liaisons, please see Liaison Program of Trexler Library: Role Description.
Additional funding is available from the Parents' Fund. This money is available to any full-time faculty member for purchasing materials in support of teaching a particular course, especially a new course. Application forms are distributed once a year, with allocation of funds determined by the Library Committee. Please see the Parents' Fund Request Form for more information.
Trexler Library subscribes to a number of tools that can assist you in selecting items for purchase. Your Librarian Liaison is available to answer questions, provide suggested materials, or help you to use any of these tools:
Requests can be sent in any of several forms:
Any requests of particularly urgent instructional need can be labeled as a “rush” order. Please note if items are for Course Reserves.
Questions about collection development and purchase requests can be directed to your Departmental Liaison, your Librarian Liaison, or the Acquisitions Manager, Karen Gruber (email@example.com / 484-664-3570).
Checking the Status of Orders
You can monitor the progress of an order online. To do this, search for the title in the library catalog. The status of the title will indicate the item’s progress.
Faculty may appoint students who assist them as proxy borrowers. These students need a “deputy card,” which can be arranged for by calling the Circulation Desk (484-664-3500). The faculty member is responsible for proxy borrowing.
Please contact the Circulation Desk (484-664-3500) if you need to request recall of an item currently in circulation.
Obtaining Materials Not Owned by Muhlenberg College
COLLECTIONS AND FEATURES
In its general collection, Trexler Library:
- holds approximately 260,000 books
- provides access to over 29,000 print & electronic journals (browse full-text e-journals by subject)
Trexler Library also provides several specialty collections that can enhance the learning experience. Samples include:
- Largest academic video collection in the Lehigh Valley
- Extensive special collection on Pennsylvania Dutch history
- Ancient Oxyrhynchus Papyri, signed literary documents, and the Muhlenberg History collection
- Faculty and alumni author collections
- Faculty Center for Teaching resource collection
- Educational Curriculum Lab collection
- New York Times Bestseller and audio book rental collections for leisure enjoyment
- Partial (30%) depository for publications issued in print, microfiche, and online by the Government Printing Office (GPO) and other federal agencies, as well as some state and local government documents
See Trexler Library Hours or call 484-664-3500.
Accessing Online Resources from Off-Campus
Off-campus access to library databases is available to Muhlenberg College faculty, staff and students. See Accessing Databases Off-Campus for more information. For additional help, please contact your librarian liaison.
Computers & Software
Trexler Library features three computer labs (B-01, B lab, and the Information Commons), as well as a number of computers throughout the building. These computers provide access to the College's standard software offerings.
The computers in the Information Commons on Level A feature additional specialty tools. A list of these tools, as well as suggestions for how to use them for assignments in the classroom, is available.
Contact your subject specialist with questions about computers or software in the Library.