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Research & Instructional Services

Goodman Center
Offices:4th Floor
Reference Desk
(NEW! 5th floor) and Instructional Queries:  212 217.4400
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Library Instruction Request

Amy Ballmer - Associate Professor - Librarian, Head of Research & Instructional Services (on leave)
NJ Bradeen - Professor - Library Director - Interim Head of Research & Instructional Services

Research and Instructional Services (RIS) faculty and staff help FIT students, faculty , staff and administration with their  information and research needs.

Reference & Research Services: The Reference Desk is located on the 4th floor in the Library and is staffed by Reference faculty and/or Reference Assistants.We

  • assist library users in finding materials and offer guidance for in-depth research projects
  • answer reference questions in-person, online or by phone
  • assist in the use of StyleCat, the Library catalog, our databases, periodical indexes, reference books and the Web
  • locate books and periodicals that are not in our collections and refer patrons to other libraries or provide interlibrary loan service
  • assist faculty, upon request, by reviewing research assignments in advance for appropriate, accurate references to library resources
Instructional Services

FIT faculty may request library instructional sessions : Librarian-led or self conducted.

The librarian-led instruction sessions can provide:

  • general orientation the library
  • assignment-specific research tools& techniques
  • research and information literacy skills

For self-conducted instruction, we will reserve an area in the Library for you to show your students printed materials including forecasting services, periodicals (magazines and journals), and/or books on a specific topic.
We cannot reserve library computer classrooms for self-conducted classes.


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