Library as Laboratory

Librarians have had a fruitful partnership with the Political Science department for many years, bringing students to the laboratory library several times during the required methods course. Some of the lab sessions introduce students to the literature of political science (including how to do a bibliographic trace, how to find opinion polls and datasets, and more). Some of the sessions use the library’s lab to introduce students to statistical tools for analysis.

We have empirical data that suggests this partnership works. If this seems like something that would work for your department, talk to us. We would love to have a chance to be intentional about building information literacy into a program rather than have scattershot sessions here and there.