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The Urban School
of San Francisco
1563 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 626 2919

Faculty Library Services

The Urban Herbst Library is eager to ensure that students are acquiring research skills to prepare them for college and beyond.  The best way to reach this goal is to integrate information literacy lessons into the curriculum.  The librarian is here in order to save faculty time and energy in their pursuit of this goal.

What the Librarian can do for you:

  • Class visits for research instruction
  • Assisting with project and assignment design to ensure that information literacy needs are being met
  • Help with research
  • Work together to build the library collection
  • Help you find the best resources for readers


Class Visits
The librarian can come to your class to give students an overview of research skills.  This can be a broad overview or it can be tailored to a specific course or assignment. These sessions can be as brief as 15 minutes, or can include actual research time in the library and last for an entire class session.  A week’s notice is appreciated.

Collaborative Lesson Design
Not sure if your students are information literate?  Have the librarian look at an existing assignment to see if information literacy standards are being met. The librarian can also work with you to develop a project that fully integrates information literacy with course expectations while ensuring students’ research skills are being developed and intensified.

Help with Research
No question is too small or too large. While the librarian’s primary job function is to assist students, faculty information requests are always answered. From discovering the meaning of idioms to research strategy for a thesis, the librarian can point you in the right direction.

Finding Resources  
While you are the subject expert, the librarian is eager to help you save time and energy by assisting you in finding resources to supplement readers. Ask how the library can keep your materials on the cutting edge. 

Library Collection
The librarian takes requests for library materials and is open to discussion surrounding the growth of specific library collections. Have a new class that needs support materials?  Wish we had some new books in an outdated portion of the library? Want a DVD instead of VHS?  Let the librarian know. Have an idea for something we should purchase? Email the librarian.



IN THE LIBRARY

The Herbst Library is open M-F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach the librarian at: slevin@urbanschool.org



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