Michael Schwartz Library
High School Group Visits
Welcome! Though our main priority is to meet the research needs of CSU students and faculty, the Library welcomes school groups (grades 9-12), and encourages them to come for a tour or library instruction.
School groups will benefit more from the experience if they come with an an actual assignment to complete that requires use of our resources. Use of a computer lab or one of our instruction rooms as well as the services of one of our Librarians for instruction can be arranged for your visit.
- All school group visits must be arranged through the First Year Experience Librarian/High School Liaison, Ann Marie Smeraldi, firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 687-5020.
- Use our Online Form to schedule a visit.
- Please schedule visits at least two weeks in advance.
- Try to avoid scheduling during peak periods of the semester which include the first three weeks of a semester and the last two weeks of a semester (see Academic Calendar).
- Supervision of students is required — one adult should be present for every 15 students.
- Please try to keep groups to 25 students or fewer.
Tips for a Successful Visit:
- Contact the academic library well in advance.
- Ask about services and resources the academic library is able to provide to high schools.
- Inquire about the most convenient time to schedule the visit
- Be aware of the academic library’s policies and limitations.
- Come with a clear purpose and express that purpose to the hosting librarian.
- Provide the academic librarian with a copy of the assignment and discuss the students’ needs.
- Review the assignment students will be working on during their visit before coming to the academic library for instruction.
- Consider the necessity of borrowing privileges --- Will the students really use them?
- Prepare students for the visit by discussing how academic and school libraries differ, introducing the academic library’s website, and setting standards for respectful behavior.
- Instruct students to bring their supplies – the assignment pens, notebooks, note cards, flash drive, money for copies, printing, etc.
- Plan things like parking and lunch ahead of time; ask about available facilities and accommodations.
- Consider spending the day on campus; contact Admissions to schedule a campus tour or for other ideas.
For more information about scheduling your visit contact:
Ann Marie Smeraldi
First Year Experience Librarian/High School Liaison