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Instruction and Training
Reading and Conference Courses

The library offers two Reading and Conference courses, LIB 405 and LIB 605

A Reading and Conference is an independent study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member on a topic in which both they and the faculty member have an interest. In most cases it is an opportunity for a student to explore in depth a topic unavailable to them through the regular university curriculum.

Both of these courses require self-direction and motivation on the part of the student, as the library faculty member generally serves only in an advisory capacity.

To initiate a Reading and Conference course:

  1. Contact the Barbara Jenkins to discuss your idea and find library faculty members who may be a good match.If you already have discussed this with a specific librarian, they should also email Barbara.
  2. Work with Barbara to find a library faculty member who's willing to be your advisor/mentor for the independent study and arrange a meeting to discuss the details.
  3. Get the Credit Course Instruction Form from Barbara Jenkins and fill in the top portion, then take it with you to the meeting with your library faculty advisor/mentor.
  4. Once the form is completed and signed, the Barbara Jenkins will authorize you to register for the course and notify you that it's okay to register on Duckweb. Make sure you register for the correct number of credits.
  5. Once you've registered, let your library faculty advisor/mentor know so that you can finalize the plan for your independent study.

In the library, Reading and Conference courses have taken on a variety of formats:

  • Reading and Conference: student and faculty member determine together a list of readings, then meet regularly throughout the term to discuss the readings. Student is typically expected to also write a term-length research paper or develop some other appropriate term-length project on the topic. Past topics have included: Government Information, Zines.
  • Individual Study: similar to the reading and conference model, but student may meet with several faculty members, or simply work on an academic project that requires the appropriate number of hours per week for credits. Student may be required to produce more than one product throughout the term (such as several smaller papers plus a final project). Past topics have included: exploring academic librarianship as a career, intellectual freedom.
  • Internship: student and faculty member develop a project, or student undertakes a project already in development, with the faculty member as supervisor. Student may be required to produce progress reports and a final product (web site, database, etc.). Undergraduate students should register in LIB 409 for this option.

The number of credits is determined by the number of hours per week in which the student is engaged in the course; because this is an upper division or graduate level course, expectations are somewhat higher - in general, 4 hours per week equals 1 credit. LIB 405 is limited to 21 total credits and LIB 605 is limited to 16 total credits. 


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