High School Visits to SBU Libraries

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Policy on High School Visits to SBU Libraries

SBU Libraries welcomes the opportunity to serve area high school research classes whenever possible. However, it is imperative that students, faculty, and staff of SBU have unrestricted access to library resources. Therefore, all requests for high school visits on campus will be reviewed according to the following requirements.
  • Whenever possible, the high school library media specialist, with the instructor, will serve as the liaison to the SBU Libraries.
  • It is expected that the library visit will have a specific purpose, such as finding x number of peer-reviewed articles in resources not available at the high school or local public library.
  • It is expected that the high school library media specialists will have introduced students to basic information literacy skills, such as information search, retrieval, and evaluation.
  • Eligible grades: Students in grades 11 and 12 only are eligible. Most students below these grades are likely to find SBU Library resources overwhelming and overly challenging.
  • Maximum number of students: There is a limit of 40 students per visit, with a chaperone/20 students.
Pre-requisite steps: Please be prepared to answer these questions on the request form:
  • What steps have you taken at your library media center? Have you introduced your students to the resources at your media center? Have you introduced your students to basic research skills, such as topic development, appropriate sources, etc.?
  • What steps have you taken at your local public library? Have you introduced your students to the resources at their local public library? The regional and state library consortia provide local access to excellent databases, including many academic ones.
  • What steps have you taken at your community college? Have you arranged a visit for your students to the local community college? We expect that you will introduce your students to the resources available at community colleges before requesting a visit to SBU Libraries.
  • What steps have you taken to use free Web resources? Have you introduced your students to a number of free online resources that will aid their research? Such as Google Scholar, American Memory Project, and Internet Public Library.

Complete the high school visit request form.