The Reference Librarians at each campus are faculty members and provide strong instructional support to the Nursing program. In addition, each campus has designated one faculty librarian to serve as a liaison to the Nursing faculty at that campus to provide support in a variety of ways. Faculty librarians are available to conduct library orientations or other instruction sessions focused on the needs of specific courses or specific groups of students.
Librarians provide one-on-one assistance and research help at the library Reference Desk in person and through our “Ask-A-Librarian” service over the phone, through email, and via text and chat services. A reference desk is located on the main level of each library and is staffed most hours the library is open. We are available to conduct library orientations and to teach sessions on library research.
The liaisons maintain communication with the nursing faculty for the purpose of identifying and collecting library materials and developing library instruction to support the nursing students. Currently, the Nursing liaisons are Sharon Fox at Florissant Valley, Jeff Papier at Forest Park, and Janice Hovis at Meramec.
Liaison librarians have developed and continue to update an online Research Guide for Nursing, (http://guides.stlcc.edu/nursing). This guide provides students and faculty with catalog and database links, research tutorials, recommended reference materials in the STLCC Libraries collection, Internet sites (including associations, organizations, consumer/general information and reference sites), evidence-based practice information, and APA citation style tips. The materials range from those suitable for patient education to information geared to health science students and practicing professionals.
Faculty librarians teach a one-credit course, LIB 101: Introduction to Library and Online Research, that is a prerequisite for Nursing students. In addition to the basics of using the library catalog, online databases, and web searching, this course includes evaluating information sources for currency, authority, accuracy, relevance, and purpose. Students are required to complete an evaluative annotated bibliography as the culminating course project. During the spring 2016 semester, fourteen sections of LIB 101 are being taught to a total of 268 students across all STLCC campuses. LIB 101 courses are offered in a variety of formats, including full semester, shorter duration, evening, weekend, online and hybrid sections.
St. Louis Community College Libraries
Florissant Valley Campus Library
Forest Park Campus Library
Meramec Campus Library
Wildwood Campus Library