Experiments in teaching information skills to chemical and engineering students


Erja Kajosalo, Libraries, Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Building 14S-134, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
It is hard to get an attention of busy chemistry faculty and students, and as a chemistry librarian I am constatly trying different approaches in informing chemistry and chemical engineering faculty and students of the existence and use of the libraries' vast chemical information resources. There are individual research appointments, and hands-on sessions on major chemistry databases. Library instruction session might be a part of the course syllabus, or we create a course-specific web page. Our users can attend our open labs and lectures about chemistry resources, and we teach administrative staff how to find articles for faculty from their desktop. The latest addition is a seminar series on chemical information intruducing several databases to graduate students and postdocs in different departments. This poster will highlight these different approaches and what has worked for us.

Posters on Chemical Information Instruction
1:30 PM-3:30 PM, Tuesday, August 24, 2004 Pennsylvania Convention Center -- Hall D, Poster

8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Monday, August 23, 2004 Pennsylvania Convention Center -- Hall D, Sci-Mix

Division of Chemical Information

The 228th ACS National Meeting, in Philadelphia, PA, August 22-26, 2004