Section 3: Programs
The institution ensures that users have access to regular and timely instruction in the use of the library and other learning/information resources.
Western Texas College provides a variety of formats to instruction of library use and learning/information resources. WTC library instruction consists of the following resources:
- A library website that provides access to the catalog and online resources
- On-line resources and tutorials designed to provide training on the use of the college’s library resources
- One-on-one on-site training as requested
- The ability of faculty to schedule a training session for an entire class
- Links to training resources developed by other institutions, such as Texas Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT) from the University of Texas, A+Research and Writing from the Internet Public Library, and The Online Writing Lab at Purdue (OWL at Purdue) which offers online handouts covering writing, research, grammar, and MLA and APA style
- Library brochures available for patrons at the circulation counter and distributed during training sessions
The library supplies a link to the catalog and online resources on the library web page accessed from the college web site. Along with these links are links to on-line tutorials that provide instruction on the use of the catalog as well as a TexShare tutorial for training on these valuable databases.
Faculty members wanting to bring a class for an orientation time are encouraged to call and schedule a time with the library staff. During 2005-2006, personnel conducted 19 tours of the Library to 392 students. Library personnel are available to give one-on-one instruction as requested and at point of use when students are using print and electronic resources.
The library has provided links from the website to training resources developed by other institutions. These resources give background information about the internet and its usefulness in assignment research, helpful links to resourceful websites and information covering writing, research, grammar and writing styles.
A brochure highlighting the resources available in the library is distributed during any training session and is readily available to students on the counter of the circulation area.
The satisfaction of library’s services and that it meets the users’ needs is indicated by the Western Texas College Library Surveys Results document that summarizes various surveys that are completed to receive any suggestions and indicate areas that need improvement in the library and other areas of the college.
Evidence of Support: