As a part of its commitment to serving the AIKTCian’s research needs, the Knowledge Resource & Relay Centre (Central Library) offers many opportunities to its clientele’s to learn more about the library and its resources. Library instruction is offered via classroom instruction, class lectures, individual instruction, and workshops and is completely customizable based on individual needs.
Library organize various Orientation Programme throughout the year for Students/Researcher/New Faculty etc.(Single/Group)
- In-Library Orientations:
The majority of library instruction takes place in the library, where students can be given hands-on training on the library's numerous electronic resources and be shown the library's collections and shelve arrangement. Faculty who wish to arrange an In-Library Orientation are encouraged to schedule the session at least one week in advance.
In-Library Orientations are typically tailored to class needs and cover research tools specific to the subject being taught. For example, an engineering class orientation would cover such electronic resources as the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, ASCE (CE) and would focus on reference sources and periodicals that are of particular usefulness to engineering majors. Library Staff welcome faculty suggestions for resources to be included and will work closely with faculty to provide instruction tailored to students' needs.
- Class Lectures:
When class size is prohibitively large as to make an in-library orientation impractical, Library staff can provide classroom lectures that provide an overview of library facilities and services. Faculty are usually more involved in this type of presentation and may coordinate the lecture with a Librarian to include subject-specific content and assignments. Faculty members who wish to follow the class lecture with in-library training, upon arrangement with a Librarian, may divide large classes into smaller groups and schedule follow-up instructional sessions in the library.
- Research Appointments:
Individuals who need one-to-one instruction in the use of library resources are encouraged to schedule individual instructional sessions. Individual instruction may consist of a general orientation to library facilities and resources, or may focus on specific research tools that will assist the user in completing course assignments or projects. Individual Library Instruction requests should be received at least one week in advance of need.
- New Faculty Orientations:
When a faculty member joins the AIKTC, the Library tries to make him or her feel as comfortable as possible with our library, resources and its services. The Library is happy to arrange a personal orientation to the library that places emphasis on the faculty member's area of expertise. New faculty are provided information on library policies and the numerous services, resources, that are available to them. New Faculty Orientations can be arranged individually or in groups within the Library.
Library staff periodically offers workshops on new library resources and refresher workshops on existing library resources. Workshops may be open to the faculty or may be directed to particular users of the library's resources. In the past, the library has conducted a workshop for Faculty to acquaint them with electronic resources available for their disciplines. The Library welcomes suggestions for future workshop offerings.