Resources for Academic & Curricular Development
General Education Instructional Support Services Team (ISST)
In 2008, in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ (FAS) Program in General Education, the Harvard College Library and FAS Libraries Services for Academic Programs and RTL staff assembled representatives from the University’s libraries and museums, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, the Harvard College Writing Program, the Academic Technology Group and the Center for Geographic Analysis to form the Instructional Support Services Team.
This group provides a centralized resource for faculty to help design undergraduate General Education courses and Graduate Seminars in General Education(GSGE) and to incorporate innovative pedagogy, active-learning, object-based teaching and multimedia tools in curriculums. ISST members are available for individual course consultation upon request, and helped create numerous projects including:
- An interactive map of Boston for Sociology Professor Christopher Winship's course, “Reinventing Boston: The Changing American City ”;
- An extensive research guide for students to locate primary source material and artifacts for use in English Professor Louis Menand’s “Art and Thought in the Cold War” class;
- A course-related exhibition and primary source archive to supplement History Professor Laurel Ulrich’s “Tangible Things: Harvard Collections in World History” course;
- A writing guide and library guide for students in German Professor Peter Burgard’s “The Ethics of Atheism: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud”;
- Up-close analysis of objects from the Harvard Art Museum to enable student-produced virtual exhibits for Professors Melissa McCormick, Yukio Lippit and Eugene Wang in their interdisciplinary course on “Arts of Asia”;
- Interactive multimedia presentations, a slideshow and research guide for English Professor Daniel Albright's class, “Putting Modernism Together”;
- Pedagogical methodology for Professor Peter Burgard’s literature and art GSGE, “Repression and Expression: Sexuality, Gender, and Language in fin-de-siécle Austria and Germany.”
Interested in working with the ISST? Please call email Curricular Design and Research Librarian Ramona Lee Islam, email@example.com.
Wintersession Workshops & Course Offerings
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At left: Martin Schreiner, head of Maps, Media, Data & Government Information in HCL, moderates a panel on permissions, provenance, licensing and citation in using library media collections, bringing together experts from Berklee College of Music, Schlesinger Library, Fine Arts Library, the Office for Scholarly Communication, and Harvard Map Collection.
As part of Harvard’s January term, the HCL and FAS Libraries offered workshops on making the most of the libraries’ scholarly tools, including RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote, desktop programs that help researchers quickly collect and organize references from online sources and create a searchable personal database of citations and documents.
Librarians, led by Marty Schreiner of Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, came together with the Expanding the Boundaries of Authorship planning team and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) to offer “Multimedia Bootcamp,” an introduction to storytelling with images, audio and video. The session expanded awareness of library and museum digital objects and highlighted tools for creating quality content and integrating it into personal research and classroom learning.
Additionally, Houghton Library hosted a set of presentations and workshops designed to introduce graduate students to the examination of books as physical objects. These classes help students examine the context of a book's production, its cultural value and the experience of its readers through time.
Cabot, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Lamont, Loeb Music and Tozzer libraries participate in the reserve program to support FAS courses.
Course reserve services include processing faculty requests, identifying, locating, photocopying, purchasing and borrowing materials and making reserves available online.
The breadth of the program is illustrated by Lamont Library, which supported 368 courses in 2012-2013.
Writing Program Collaboration
Since 1872, expository writing is the only academic course required for every Harvard student. As part of the Harvard College Writing Program, Lamont Library hosts research and writing clinics and the yearly Undergraduate Writer Workshop Series to help students approach their writing assignments. Sessions include “How to Get Started on Your Research Projects” and “How to Read and Write in the Sciences.”
One-On-One Student Support / Tutorials
Student support is available in every discipline, often around-the-clock. HCL and FAS Libraries facilitate tutorials for specific classes and library liaisons who act as personal guides to subject-area services.
This year, specialized consultation was provided for psychology department liaisons for their sophomore and junior-level course offerings.