Do you want your students to learn about a particular library resource or service, but don’t have time for in-class instruction from a librarian? Maybe your students have had some instruction, but you want them to have a refresher available on demand?
Do you want a little help when faced with an unfamiliar database at 3 am? Where do you go if you want to SEE the steps involved in setting up an interlibrary loan account and using ILLiad?
MacPhaidin Library instructional videos may be the answer!
Videos are available 24/7 and most are two to four minutes in length. They can be a way to engage visual and auditory learners, and provide an alternative when face to face library instruction is not possible. Videos can be embedded in eLearn courses, added to web pages, and sent via email.
We have videos that provide user instruction on specific databases, including JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, PubMed, and WorldCat. Links to these videos are placed at the point of use: near the corresponding database in the Electronic Resources list, and in the Finding Articles tab in library guides for individual disciplines or specific classes.
Other videos discuss research related topics such as Understanding Primary and Secondary Sources and How to Choose the Right Database. Still others describe library services, including Creating an Interlibrary Loan Account and Using Course Reserves.
Many videos are created by the library in-house. Others are selected by librarians from videos produced by database vendors like Ebsco, ProQuest, Lexis-Nexis, PubMed, and others.
All videos are available in the Library Video Tutorial Guide, along with links for sharing via email and embedding in eLearn class pages. Most library videos are also available on the Library‘s YouTube channel.
The library continues to create videos and to look for more videos from our vendors. Your suggestions for new videos are welcome!
For more information and to submit suggestions, contact Joe Middleton, 508 565-1433, firstname.lastname@example.org