In This Together DC: Update on Campus Library activities

As part of our In This Together DC email series, today’s update will provide you with details about ongoing activities in the Campus Library.

Even before COVID-19, the Campus Library delivered supports and services for faculty and students in both face-to-face and virtual modes, so the transition to fully online has been relatively smooth. We have been reaching out through multiple channels to ensure that the community is informed and aware of our ability to assist in the following ways:

Faculty support

Alternate reserve readings and copyright support

Our subject specialist librarians can help you locate both licensed and open online content that you can link to using copyright compliant links in DC Connect.

Request information literacy classes 

Pre-COVID, we conducted face-to-face information literacy classes for students at the request of faculty. We have taken our instruction online and welcome requests to conduct the same classes in an online environment in the platform of choice (e.g. Bongo, MS Teams etc.)

To request a Library instruction session for your class, visit the Teaching Support section of the Library website.

Connect with your subject specialist

In addition to the instruction described above, our subject specialist provide research support to students, faculty and staff, and select materials for Library collections. Contact us to discuss research help for assignments and citation tools. We also support faculty in areas such as Open Educational Resources (OERs), copyright, access to data sets, research data management, and scholarly publishing. We encourage you to reach out to your subject librarian with any questions. We are here to help.

Coming soon: new library content for inclusion in DC Connect

We are developing a course in DC Connect called Library Online. Inspired by the success of SALS Online, Librarians are working to develop three modules over the summer in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • Introduction to the Library
  • Searching Omni to Find Books, Articles and More
  • Advanced Searching for Research Articles

Student support

We are here to help students navigate their assignments and courses in our current online environment, providing reference help, through email, chat, in-person and by phone. Students can also book an online appointment with their librarian.  

Visit the Ask Us section of the Library website for information about our online research services.

The Learning Portal

The Learning Portal has just launched a new Learning Online Hub to which faculty can direct their students; it contains timely new content on things like Staying Motivated, Academic Integrity, Navigating Technology and Studying Smart.

 Stay well,

Catherine Davidson
Chief librarian