Tips for Library Staff to Help Promote User Education in School Libraries
As school librarians, we play an important role in promoting user education. User education is the process of teaching users how to effectively use library resources and services. It’s important because it helps students get the most out of the library and its resources. By teaching users how to find, evaluate, and use information, librarians can empower them to be lifelong learners. It also helps them develop important research and information literacy skills. There are a variety of ways to promote user education in your school library, such as providing instruction on research skills, conducting information literacy classes, and incorporating user education into the curriculum.
—By teaching users how to find, evaluate, and use information, librarians can empower them to be lifelong learners.—
Introduction to user education
User education is the process by which we teach students how to effectively use library resources and services. It’s important, because it helps students get the most out of the library and its resources, and it helps them develop important research and information literacy skills. There’s a difference between instruction and user education. Instruction is more of a one-time event where librarians teach students how to use specific tools, such as a certain database or citation tool. User education, on the other hand, is a process. It doesn’t happen in one session. Instead, it’s an ongoing process that happens over time. It involves teaching students how to use tools and resources more effectively. It also involves helping them develop research and information literacy skills.
The benefits of user education
There are many benefits to promoting user education in school libraries. Here are just a few: Students become more empowered to use the library and its resources. This makes them feel more comfortable in the library, and it encourages them to use the library to its fullest potential. It also helps students develop valuable research skills. It teaches them how to use databases, discover credible sources, and make effective use of the library’s resources. This is especially important for older students who will use the library for their high school research papers and projects. It can also help you better meet the needs of your students. If you notice that many of them are having trouble finding the right sources, you can use this information to tailor your instruction. You can also use it to target your instruction to certain groups of students who might need more help.
Tips for promoting user education in school libraries
Before diving in and starting to promote user education, you’ll want to make sure your library is ready. You’ll want to make sure you have the right tools, resources, and space. In terms of tools and resources, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of computers available. You’ll also want to have a variety of databases and other tools for students to use. You’ll also want to make sure you have enough space for all of this. You want to make sure you have enough room for students to sit at computers or tables and work comfortably. You’ll also want to make sure there’s enough room for them to walk around, move around, and collaborate with one another.
Resources for promoting user education in school libraries
1. Workshops and events – You might want to consider hosting workshops or events to promote user education in your library. You could have a day where you focus on a certain tool or skill. Or you could host an event that focuses on a single topic. Make sure you advertise these events so students know about them. You can use social media, flyers, and posters to do this.
2. Tutorials and guides – You can also create tutorials and guides to help students learn how to use certain tools and resources. You can make these available online, so they’re always available to students. You can also print them out and place them in a booklet or binder that students can easily flip through.
3. Mood boards – Mood boards are visual or digital collages that help show students how to use certain resources and tools. You can create a mood board for any resource or tool you want.
4. Discussion boards – Discussion boards are an excellent way to encourage user education in your library. They’re a great place for students to ask questions, get feedback, and connect with each other. You can use these boards for both formal and informal instruction. You can also use them to target certain groups of students or to see what resources or tools students are struggling with.
Cite this article in APA as: George, S. (2022, September 7). Tips for library staff to help promote user education in school libraries. Information Matters, Vol. 2, Issue 9. https://informationmatters.org/2022/09/tips-for-library-staff-to-help-promote-user-education-in-school-libraries/