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Bern Dibner Library of Science & Technology (Brooklyn)

An overview of library research and services for patrons of Dibner Library.

In-Class Dibner Librarian Visit

In-class instruction sessions are professor-requested class visits tailored to the information literacy, critical thinking, critical appraisal, information generation and dissemination (scholarly communication), data literacy & management needs of your students. These can range from 30 minute overviews to repeated visits over the course of the semester and serve to assist students with a range of customized needs, including but not limited to researching specific assignments, database use, and citation management.

For more information you can also email dibnerlibrary@nyu.edu or contact a subject specialist directly.

Once your request has been processed, a library instructor will reach out to you directly and ask about your particular needs, assignments, and anything specific you’d like us to cover during the session.

Customization, Skills, and Literacies

We can develop a lesson plan that is customized to your class and continue to communicate with you throughout the process to be sure that we are covering the necessary information. Classes generally can include:

Research Skills

Exploring the connection between the library and scientific discovery. Introducing basic concepts in scholarly communication. Deep dive into the library resources. Develop better strategies for finding and organizing research papers. Literature Reviews, citing and citation management, Finding and Citing Images, Instruction in specific engineering databases.

Technical Skills/Data Services

Building critical thinking and analytical skills and deepens a student’s understanding and appreciation for various softwares including LaTeX, GitHub, Data Management, MATLAB, R, Python and many others.

Archival and Primary Sources

Using primary sources from the Poly Archives, students engage in critical inquiries on various topics, which can be tailored to any class.  Past lessons include Innovation in Context, Deep Reading of a Photograph, the Development of MetroTech Center, and Who is an Engineer? Email polyarchives@nyu.edu to ask about archival collections, school records, or technical reports which might support teaching and critical thinking in your classroom.

Pre-Scheduled Dibner Workshops

Pre Scheduled workshops are information literacy sessions that are determined before the semester begins, taught by a variety of NYU Libraries departments. Sessions include critical thinking, critical appraisal, information generation and dissemination (scholarly communication), data literacy & management needs of your students. These can range from 30 minute overviews to repeated visits over the course of the semester and serve to assist students with a range of customized needs, including but not limited to researching specific assignments, database use, and citation management.

For more information you can also email dibnerlibrary@nyu.edu or contact a subject specialist directly.

Students register for these sessions on their own accord based on their own needs and interests. These often focus on learning a specific software or skill.