Orientation

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO A PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND LIBRARY SCIENCE! 


There are a number of steps you need to complete in order to confirm your place in the entering group of students.

Each student should refer to Documentation and Information for activating your MySCSU email account and using BannerWeb to access your academic records, student accounts, and financial aid account, and to register for classes.

Each student who is not a declared online-only student (see page two of MLS Planned Program for declaration statement and signature) needs to submit the required health information and obtain a student ID.   

Before you drive to campus, be sure to review parking regulations. All vehicles operated or parked on campus at any time must properly display an SCSU parking decal. Vehicle owners and operators must register their vehicles at the University Police Department (located in the Granoff Student Health Center, Telephone: (203) 392-5375.). Persons seeking a decal must present, at the time of application, a current, valid operator's license and a current, valid vehicle registration. Students must also present their class schedule as proof of their registration.

Before classes begin, you may wish to contact various campus services to discuss any special needs or concerns you have. Any student who needs special accommodations needs to register with the Disability Resources Office (see link below); online-only students may complete the intake interview over the phone (please contact the DRO for additional information).  

 

Before classes begin you will want to become familiar with Buley Library and its resources. You might want to begin with a walking tour of the library or take a virtual tour. The Online Tutorial is designed to teach Connecticut State University students fundamental information skills to help them be more successful in their academic careers. Students may also schedule a one-on-one session to learn how to use Buley Library resources. Be sure to read about the Library PIN and Off Campus Access to Buley's resources. Also very useful are the off-campus troubleshooting tips if you have trouble with off-campus access.

Buley Library maintains services for distance or online students. Rebecca Hedreen is the Distance Education Librarian and will assist distance or online students with their special access needs. (Be sure to see Frequently Asked Questions and Rebecca's Weblog.) 

Textbooks

Faculty generally place textbook orders directly with the university bookstore. To find the textbooks that have been ordered for your classes, use the interactive Buy Your Textbooks On-Line Today! from Southern's Bookstore. Simply: 1) Select the Term; 2) Select the Department (ILS); 3) Select the Course; 4) Select the Section; 5) Click Continue; 6) Click Add Course to repeat until all your courses appear in the Review Your Courses window; then 7) Click View Textbook List. You will see the textbooks ordered by your professors, price for a new copy and price for a used copy if purchased through the university bookstore.

If your course is not listed, contact the professor for the list of required and recommended texts.  

TK20 Requirement

Tk20 was adopted by the School of Education as a tool for documenting evidence for NCATE accreditation. ILS adopted Tk20 for the MLS program following the spring 2010.

Tk20 is linked to courses you are enrolled in. Currently ILS 501, 503, 504, 506, 565, 580, 581, and 655 participate in Tk20. Tk20 pulls the rosters for these courses from Banner and alerts enrolled students through their Tk20 accounts that a given assignment is due for the course. (In the case of 581 there are also forms to be completed by the cooperating teacher-librarian and the university supervisor, each receive a Tk20 login for this.) The student completes and uploads the assignment. The instructor calls up submitted assignments, the approved, corresponding assessment rubric pops up, and the instructor assesses the assignment against the rubric and submits the rubric scores to Tk20. Tk20 generates needed statistical reports from all the submissions. Administration and accrediting visiting teams are given access accounts and can go in and view the various submissions.

The department also receives statistical reports from Tk20. We then use this along with other data, such as course evaluations, to identify potential changes that may be needed, to monitor effectiveness of implemented changes, and to monitor general progress of students through their programs.

All students in the MLS program are to have Tk20 accounts. Information on obtaining a Tk20 account is available at: https://www.southernct.edu/education/tk20/
 
Call Me Maybe performed by Southern's New Student Orientation (NSO) Staff.   

QUICK LINKS TO: 

Banner Web Services  / Registrar   / Bursar  / Financial Aid / Disability Resource Center / Bookstore / Buley Library  / Adanti Student Center / Student Supportive Services / Commuter Student Services / Other Student Services and Resources

ILS Policies on Ethics / Plagiarism / NIH Certificate / Behavior in Electronic Communications / APA Style

University Student Handbook (of students' rights and responsibilities)

 

Last updated: March 9, 2013