Requesting Library Instruction

The library offers instruction across the disciplines, and instructional sessions can be customized to meet the instructor's needs. Presentations usually involve student participation. A typical session provides an overview of the library and introduces the online catalog of print books, e-books, streaming media, DVDs, as well as library databases. If a specific assignment is the focus, please provide a copy of the assignment to library staff. 

Other topics include:

  • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center database
  • Evaluation of internet sources
  • Identification of peer-reviewed materials
  • Citation and formatting for specific styles (APA, MLA, etc.) 
  • Plagiarism

Both campus libraries have instructional spaces that can seat 30+ students with an instructor’s station, projector, and computers.

To book a session:

  • Midlothian Library: contact the iDesk at 804-594-1519.
  • Chester Library: contact the iDesk at 804-706-5198

Please have the following information ready when you submit your request:

  • Month/day
  • Time and duration of class
  • Class Title (e.g. English 111)
  • Number of students
  • Special requirements, if any

Don’t have time for a library visit? Library staff can come to you, both in-person and online. Ask about availability when booking your instructional session.

Reserving the Library Lab

Instructors can also reserve the library lab for class instruction.  Contact either campus library to check the library lab’s availability. Reserved times are first-come, first-served. 

Subject or course-specific licensed software can be installed in the library labs if licensing permits and adequate lead time is given.

Please have the following information ready when you submit your request:

  • Month/day
  • Time and duration of class
  • Class title (e.g. English 111)
  • Number of students

Library 101

Library 101 is Blackboard module designed to introduce students to research at JTCC’s library. Library 101 includes online tutorials on research basics. Help your distance and face-to-face students by including this module in your Blackboard instruction. Contact Helen McKann (804-594-1523) or Molli Gonzalez (804-594-1518) for more information.

Internet Course Instruction

Thinking about library instruction for your online courses? Library staff can visit your class virtually using BlackBoard or prepare documents, presentations, or tutorials for to share. Contact Molli Gonzalez (804-594-1518) for more information.