Librarians at Dickinson College regard teaching throughout the curriculum as one of their fundamental responsibilities. A liaison librarian is assigned to each First Year Seminar to work closely with faculty in developing incoming students' basic research skills. In their role as liaisons to academic departments, librarians also work with faculty to infuse more advanced information literacy skills into all levels of study as appropriate to each discipline. They offer students education in the sophisticated skills and tools they need to access, evaluate, and appropriately use current and historical information sources in any format. They provide a variety of tailored, in-class instruction at all levels and in all disciplines of the college.
Librarians also provide "academic integrity" instruction and consultations to help students use information effectively, including proper citation practice and plagiarism avoidance techniques.
Course instructors may contact their librarian at any point in the semester to schedule research instruction sessions. If individual students require assistance, they are encouraged to ask for the "on call" librarian at the circulation desk or make an appointment for a consultation with the liaison librarian for their course or academic major. Because students sometimes hesitate to approach a librarian for research help in a timely fashion, faculty are encouraged to refer individual students to librarians for research consultation.
Liaisons and reference service hours are detailed on the Library's website page.