One of the goals of literacy program in the Upper Level Learning Commons is to give students the tools needed for research. The librarian and the Spanish Department came together and coordinated a visit for the 11th graders to the Biblioteca José M. Lázaro at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.
Two of the librarians from the Programa de Alfabetización welcomed us at the lobby where the class divided in two groups and our tour around the collections began. Mrs. Esther Gómez and Glenda de Hoyos’ group visited the Rare Books Collection while Glenda Rivera, Valerie Salicrup and Vilmarie Torres’ group went through the different collections.
Both groups took turns vising the different areas. When they visited the Reference Collection they talked about the DDC classification system, the importance of using reliable, academic sources for research and where they can go to find these resources. Students also learned about the other collections on the first and second floor.
When they visited the Rare Book Collection they had the opportunity to see books that were originally published in the 1400s, 1800s and historical artifacts preserved in the library for research use.
Once the activity finished, the group went to eat at the Centro de Estudiantes and walked around different areas of the university campus.