The ISU Library welcomes scheduled visits from area high school classes as an
important component of our institution's Land Grant mission. In order to
make the most of your class visit, please note the following guidelines and
Scheduling your visit: Requests for high school visits should be
made at least two weeks in advance of the desired date, in order to allow us to
make necessary arrangements. Every effort will be made to accommodate your
visiting class, but the ISU Library reserves the right to decline requests if
there are scheduling conflicts, or insufficient notification time for necessary
arrangements. Scheduling conflicts do arise, so please consider alternate
dates and times prior to calling. To schedule your visit or for more
information, please contact Jody Graden at (515) 294-6117, or leave a message for her at
the Reception Desk at (515) 294-3642.
In addition, please note that ISU students, faculty and staff have priority in the use of Parks
Library resources, services, and facilities; some resources may be restricted to
use by ISU students, faculty and staff only. Certain times of the year -
such as the beginning of the semester - are particularly busy. For this
reason, the ideal time to schedule a visit may be during intersession when fewer
ISU students, faculty, and staff are using the Library, but we realize this may
not always be possible.
Teaching & Intended purpose of visit: If you would like ISU
librarians to teach or meet with your students during their visit, whether this
is to orient the class to research methods, provide an introduction to accessing
and using specific online or print resources, or to help orient them to the
organization of the Library itself, it is particularly important for
arrangements to be made well in advance. We will also need to know the
specific research purpose or intended student learning outcomes of your class
visit. Class teachers will need to provide us with a list of students'
research topics so that the librarian(s) working with your class can review appropriate sources and search
strategies prior to your visit. It is often helpful for students to do some
searching of the ISU
Library Catalog prior to the visit.
Supervision of visiting high school students is the responsibility of your
high school staff, and we recommend that you plan for an 8:1 ratio of students to adults
for your visit. While this is not normally a problem, please let your
students know in advance of your visit that noisy or unruly behavior is inappropriate in an academic
research library. Please note also that the ISU Library does not provide staff to assist in supervising
Students should plan to bring money for photocopying and printing. The
ISU Library now has
networked laser printing at a charge of ten cents per page; free public
printing is still available in some locations but on an extremely limited basis.
Class instructors may also arrange for borrowing privileges to
check out library books for students if you wish. Inquire about this
possibility in advance of your visit with staff at the
Students' personal belongings should not be left
unattended in the Library, even if your class is working within one of the
Library's computer labs or classrooms. The Library's Lost and Found
service is located at the
Reserving a Library classroom or computer labs for your visit may be possible
but only when an ISU librarian is assigned to work with your class visit.
Please be aware that due to scheduling demands, we cannot guarantee a private
workspace or computer workstations will be available for your students.
This is another reason why requests and arrangements for visits should be made
well in advance of the desired date(s).
Please do not eat in the Library. Drinks are
allowed in covered, spill-proof containers, except in the following restricted
areas: Special Collections, Reserve & Media Services, the Microforms Room,
computer labs, and near any computer workstation.
Thank you for helping us observe these policies. We look forward to
meeting and working with you and your students!