For Faculty: Library Resources for Remote Teaching


How can I prepare for online summer courses?

As you prepare for teaching online this summer, we recommend exploring the Faculty Guide for Online Teaching and Remote Learning With Library Resources guides for ideas. Our Library Updates and Resources page also offers information on library resources and services available online (such as materials, virtual class visits, and requesting materials you can’t find online). 

What is the updated library search?

Starting on 6/24, the search box on the library homepage will look the same, but it will connect  to the updated library search. From there, you can search almost everything in the library’s collection of physical and digital resources. You’ll notice visual differences, but the search will also connect to more resources than ever before! Check out our Updated Library Search guide to learn about the new features and get advice on using it. If you encounter any issues using the updated library search, please email

Can I still ask a librarian to do a 'class visit' even though we're online?

Yes! The John M. Flaxman Library will continue to offer synchronous or asynchronous class visits for courses virtually through a variety of methods including Zoom/Google Meet, pre-recorded presentations, or Canvas modules. Please fill out this form and a Librarian will get back to you about next steps depending on your classroom needs.

You can also use the following pages to discover what virtual visit or instruction options are available from special collections:

Where can I find materials from SAIC faculty on teaching remotely (pedagogy, best practices, tips, etc.)?

Please go to Faculty Guide for Online Teaching. This is a guide created by librarians with SAIC faculty, CRIT and others in the SAIC community to provide guidance for teaching online. Also consider sharing the Student Guide for Remote Learning + Making guide with your students. Both guides are updated frequently.

I need materials for my online course, can the library help me find them?

Yes! Flaxman library will do its best to find electronic versions of the materials that you need including books, articles, chapters, films, etc. To request materials, please email and include as much information about the item(s) as you can, as well as when you need them.

Where can I find digital content (eBooks, eJournals, streaming video, full-text articles)?

The library has eBooks, eJournals, streaming videos, full-text articles in many databases. Please see our Where to Find Online Resources page. You can also continue to use Databases A-Z, Find Journals, and Research Guides to go directly into the content.

Can I screen films online for my class?

Our librarians are working hard to find electronic access to the films that you need for your courses. Faculty must request streaming Film/Video services one-to-four weeks in advance. Please see the Film/Video/DVD Reservations Form to make a request. Contact Carolyn Faber at if you have any questions. (Please note: 16mm film requests cannot be accommodated at this time.)

At this time, the Video Data Bank (VDB) has a selection of its collection available on Panopto. If faculty or students need other titles from the collection, please email outlining your needs, and they will work to add those titles to Panopto. They will start with the most needed titles and will continue to add other requests as soon as possible.

Can I put items on reserve for my online class? 

While we do not offer reserves in the same way for online classes, for those with classes starting before July 6 please contact and we will help in getting you required readings that you can make available to students.

I’m having trouble accessing something I found through the library website. What should I do?

The easiest way to get help is to contact us via email at Library staff are continually checking this email account and will be able to assist you quickly.

How do I add library materials to my Canvas course? 

Last update:
Wednesday, June 24, 2020