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Any age group of students is welcome to visit The Valley Library when the learning goals for the students would be served by such a visit. Tours may be conducted by the school's media specialist, a classroom teacher or a parent volunteer. The Valley Library will provide orientation and handouts to the school's designated tour guide(s) in advance of the tour. In some cases the tours may be given by Valley Library staff.
For field trips, one adult should be present for every 10 students, and there should be no more than 25 students per tour group. The arrangements for field trip tours should be made at least two weeks in advance.
The Valley Library welcomes visits from high school groups when academic library resources are appropriate for the students' projects. This will more often be the case for students in Grades 11 - 12 than for those in lower grades. Before contacting The Valley Library, the classroom teacher(s) and the school's media specialist should determine that the resources of OSU's library are appropriate for the project. A consultation with one of OSU's subject librarians is recommended. The OSU librarian may collaborate with the school teacher and/or media specialist as a co-instructor in some cases.
Students must have prior library experience, and:
Students should have done substantial research on their topics before the visit. This should include research using the OSU Libraries Catalog.
During the visit, instruction and research assistance for the students is to be provided by the classroom teacher(s) and/or school media specialist(s) who have consulted and/or are collaborating with an OSU librarian.