Guidelines for Scheduling Class Visits
The following guidelines apply to the scheduling of secondary school class
visits and to the referral of individual high school students to the University
of Waterloo Library.
- Senior secondary classes (Grade 12) only should be scheduled.
- Class visits cannot be scheduled during the first 2 weeks of September
(our peak orientation time) or during examination periods
- Class size should be limited to a maximum of 30 student
- Visits must be scheduled well in advance (at least 2 weeks). All visits
should be scheduled with Judy McTaggart (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The visit must be integrated into a specific class assignment. At the
time of scheduling, the secondary school liaison will confer with the
teacher/librarian to ensure that:
- the assignment is appropriate to the university's resources
- the topics are searchable
- the most useful access tools will be introduced
- the student will have been adequately prepared for the visit (see Skills
- It is desirable that two teachers (or teacher/librarians) accompany the
class to supervise and give students assistance. You will be responsible
for leading your own building tours and providing assistance to your students.
Due to on-going requests for assistance at the UW Library information desks
from university students and faculty, it is not possible for UW Librarians
at these desks to deal with the impact of a class of secondary students
needing help with research questions.
- It is essential that high school students possess the basic library skills
listed in the Skills Chart Checklist and have been given instruction in
how to conduct academic research.
- If students wish to become borrowers of the University of Waterloo Library
at the time of the class visit, it is necessary that students must have completed
the High School Borrower Application Forms and have them signed by the teacher/librarian.
The forms must be submitted at least 2 days prior to the class visit to allow
adequate time for staff to prepare the necessay documentation.
If you have any queries or concerns, please contact
Library Assistant, Information Services and Resources
Last Updated: August 4, 2004