During the 2012 academic year, the Reference Librarians piloted a new program of short sessions designed to provide quick, specific assistance navigating the Library’s Resources, called the Info Café. Sessions at the Info Café are for up to 5 students or faculty, so they are small, focused workshops that can quickly provide you with the information you need to get going on your research, document your sources, or learn new skills for using a range of resources, from those we access every day (yes, we include Google!), to those students may need when they begin research for their Capstone projects.
Visit our Calendar to see our offerings and sign up for sessions. Info Café sessions are short (20-30 minute), targeted sessions designed to help you use library resources more efficiently. Through these sessions, students and faculty can learn about:
- Advanced techniques for using HillSearch
- Refworks and Refworks Advanced
- Specific Databases to which the Library subscribes
- Citation styles, including APA, MLA, and Chicago
- Better Google searches
- Image resources
- Streaming media offerings
- Government Documents
- And other topics
When you visit the Calendar, if you don’t see the specific database in which you are interested, or if there’s a topic you’d like to see us offer, please let us know! Librarians are happy to offer one-on-one or small group sessions designed with your particular needs in mind. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 508.565.1203.
Because we want to make sure the Info Café offers the menu you need, we will be adding new sessions often. We are currently working with the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement to offer sessions on the research process and the Career Services Office to design a program on managing your online identity for the job market. These sessions will be added to the calendar as they become available. Because we’re constantly updating our offerings, be on the lookout for new tutorials and workshops!
Info Café Sessions take place at the former Periodicals Desk, located between the Reference Desk and Ace’s Place. Over time, Librarians also plan to renovate the area that houses the Info Café in order to make the space more conducive to the types of one-on-one tutorials and small group meetings we offer.
If you are a faculty member interested in having an Info Café session tailored to a particular assignment in one of your courses, or would like a standard session offered at a particular time for your students, please contact us at email@example.com or 508.565.1203.
We look forward to seeing you at the Info Café soon!