One of the courses my supervisor and I prepared an instructional session for was an elective class called “Women Musicians.” This class brought students from a wide range of disciplines into the music library for the first time as they learned how use library resources to do research in their class.
As I’ve observed before, my supervisor created a new Library Research Guide just for this course which served as the starting access point for the teaching session. The guide included databases specific to both classical and popular music research, as well as a citation guide and link to the take-home worksheet. I am beginning to understand how useful of a practice it is to create a single guide for each instructional session, as it not only provides a platform to refer to during instruction but also equips the students with their topic-specific resources. It is also reassuring to know that SpringShare allows for simple duplication of guides so the creator doesn’t have to start from scratch every time.
In preparation for this class, my supervisor and I discussed the benefit of sharing learning outcomes to the class at the beginning of the session. Some people find this unimportant, but by doing so we’re giving ourselves and the students structure and focus thereby setting the stage for a successful workshop.
This session was a lot of fun to participate in, and I’m glad for the experience of teaching instructional sessions to a wide range of music-focused courses.