New Student Orientation Day
During the Heidelberg New Student Orientation new students participate in a library orientation workshop, which takes place in the computer lab. Students receive practical guidance about accessing library online resources, accessing and using eBooks, how to navigate Blackboard, and how to use their student portal to include their email. New students participate in a library tour in which they receive information about library use (loan procedures, Reserve Collection textbooks, access to the online catalog, and printing and copying procedures).
Additionally, every new student receives an information brochure with information about passwords and access details to online resources.
Research Skills Workshop
In the first week of each semester the campus Librarian holds a Research Skills Workshop, presenting the library’s online resources and putting them in the broader context of information literacy. Search techniques, methods to avoid plagiarism, as well as citation styles are explained and discussed in the workshop. Useful software and online tools for reference and research management are also introduced. At the end of the workshop students practice and evaluate their information literacy by answering questions or taking a quick quiz.
Faculty Blackboard Workshop
New faculty are introduced to the Blackboard Learn Portal by participating in a half day workshop. They receive training on new presentation media and tools provided by Blackboard, and learn how to manage an online course. At the end of the workshop instructors earn a participation certificate signed by the registrar (M.A. Education) and the campus librarian.