These pages are intended to support instructional efforts at Virginia Tech and contain a variety of tools and resources used by the faculty and staff of the University Libraries. First launched in 2001, this site reflects our continuing efforts to utilize different means of assessment to enhance our instruction. Follow the links to the left to find assessment tools, instructional samples, suggested readings, and more.
While created for internal purposes, others are also welcome to utilize the materials found here. We ask that if you do so that you let us know and acknowledge our contribution to your efforts. Questions and comments may be directed to Ed Lener.
For more about efforts in the University Libraries to enhance instruction be sure to also view our Instruction Learning Community Blog.
Library tours can be scheduled for classes or groups in order to familiarize them with Newman Library. Locations and services are highlighted. For more information about these options, please contact Tracy Hall.
Our primary tour option for individuals is a self-guided, audio tour with a graded quiz that can be used to show attendance for classes that require participation or give extra credit.
The tour consists of 16 different information stops/points, accessible by using a device to scan a QR code. Once scanned using the camera in your mobile device and its built-in reader or a separate app, your device will play an audio track (with some photos/videos) explaining the different services that are offered in Newman Library and how our collections are organized. The audio track at each stop will direct you to the next stop, where you will scan the next QR code.
To take the tour you will either need to use a smartphone or tablet, have access to Virginia Tech's wireless network (we recommend wireless over a cellular data network since several sections of the library get little to no cellular signal), and have headphones or earbuds to hear the narration. If you do not have a suitable device, then you can check out an iPad at the Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will show you how to use their iPads and where to start the tour.