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Research & Instructional Services

Goodman Center:
Research Services Desk (5th floor) and Instructional Queries:  (212) 217-4400

Carli Spina, Associate Professor-Librarian, Head of Research and Instructional Services

Ask the Library online service (chat/text/email/one-on-one research consultations)
Library Instruction Request Form

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

Research Services: The Research Services Desk is located on the 5th floor and is staffed by Library 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 OneSearch (the Library catalog), our databases and other online resources, periodical indexes, books and other printed material
  • locate books and periodicals that are not in our collections and refer patrons to other libraries
  • assist faculty, upon request, by reviewing research assignments in advance for appropriate, accurate references to library resources

Instructional Services

Improving student information literacy and critical thinking skills is one of the Library's key responsibilities. Library faculty will collaborate with classroom faculty to develop library instructional content that can take shape in a number of scenarios:

  • 30-60 minute synchronous sessions that can cover a range of topics, including orientation to the library, assignment specific research tools & techniques, image-driven research, visual inspiration resources, business and/or market research, finding and using data, research and information literacy skills, or proper citation practices
  • asynchronous instructional content that can be integrated into your class in several different ways
  • Customized research guides or tutorials 
  • Library faculty connected to your course through Blackboard, via in-person, online visits, or asynchronous contributions!

Request customized library instructional content by completing our form. At least 2 weeks in advance of date requested, though more time may be needed depending on the nature of the request. You will hear from the librarian assigned to your class at least a week before the deadline provided. However, if there is a conflict or issue with your request, you will be contacted to negotiate a new date or time.

FIT faculty may also request self conducted instruction sessions. For self-conducted instruction, we will reserve an area (including the forecast section) 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.

For questions on any of this, please contact Carli Spina by email or Ask the Library.