Although some institutions of higher learning seem to have difficulty acknowledging it, teaching should be the single most important part of their mission it is a college or university's reason for being. Accordingly, the primary mission of an academic library should be to support the teaching mission of the university. For example, in three college libraries with successful bibliographic instruction BI programs, library directors viewed the teaching role of the library as central to the purpose of the library. Teaching support from the library, and interaction between the library staff and the university's teaching faculty and students, can come in a variety of ways, one of which is BI. Bibliographic instruction is an activity that bridges the gap between academicians and librarians. Although BI can be generic or integrated subjectspecific, the latter seems to offer greater potential for close interaction between librarians and the teaching faculty. Courseintegrated BI has been described as bibliographic instruction designed as a part of course objectives, and viewed as essential to knowledge of the subject and successful completion of the course. This article describes a series of four unique workshops that meet this definition of courseintegrated bibliographic instruction.
Reference Services Review – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 1996