For Faculty: Library Resources and Services for Online and Modified In-Person Teaching


Tools for Preparing Courses

As you prepare for teaching online, we recommend exploring the Library’s Guide for Faculty on Teaching, the Canvas Fall 2020 Teaching Guide, and Remote Learning With Library Resources guide 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). 

Picking Up Library Materials + Library Visits

Material Pickup - You can request circulating Flaxman, I-Share & Interlibrary Loan materials for pickup in the Flaxman Library. The instructions for requesting library materials are on the Library Updates and Resources page.

Library Visits - The library is open to SAIC community members by appointment only. We’ve outlined what each appointment entails, how to schedule it, and what to expect when visiting the library on this page.

Getting Course Materials / Course Reserves

In order to ensure access to all students, including those who are unable to be on campus, we recommend faculty provide all course reserve materials to students digitally. The library is open with reduced hours to SAIC community members by appointment only. Since we are not offering physical course reserves in the same way, you can use the methods below to get course materials and upload them to your Canvas course (instructions for uploading database materials are below). Feel free to email any course reserves questions to With that in mind, here are other ways for getting digital content:

Use Electronic Library Resources

The library has eBooks, eJournals, streaming videos, and full-text articles available through many databases. The easiest place to start is the library search box on our homepage. Please see our How to Find eResources page for instructions on maximizing the library search. You can also use our Where to Find Online Resources pages, Databases A-Z list, and Find Journals search to go directly to content. See Adding Library Materials to Canvas at the bottom of this page for advice when connecting students to library resources.

Scan Physical Materials

You are welcome to scan physical materials in the Flaxman collection anytime during a library visit appointment. It’s good to review the PDF Best Practices recommended in the Faculty Guide for Online Teaching when preparing materials for your course.

Suggest New Library Material

As with previous semesters, you may still suggest the library purchase materials necessary for your class (digital or print). Please let us know your suggestions by submitting this form or emailing Nathaniel Feis, Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian, at

Request PDFs through Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to scan materials, you can fill out the Interlibrary Loan/Scanning Request Form to request PDF copies of articles or book chapters.

Getting Help with Access Problems

No matter what you are trying to access, the easiest way to get help is to contact us via email at Library staff are continually checking this email account on weekdays and will be able to offer assistance quickly.

Screening Films

Faculty must request Film/DVDs/Videos one-to-four weeks in advance. We are providing streaming access as much as possible. Please use the Film/Video/DVD Reservations Form to make a request or contact Carolyn Faber,, and Nathaniel Feis,, with questions. 

The 16mm Film Study collection will have limited availability depending on where the films will be screened and the need for projection support. Some titles in the collection may be available electronically from distributors. There may also be cases where we can scan selected prints from the collection to provide streaming access. Please contact Carolyn Faber to discuss your particular situation.

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.

Scheduling Virtual Library Class Visits / Library Instruction

We have updated our Instruction Menu to accommodate all formats of classes, including new options like librarian created Canvas Modules that can easily be added to your course. To sign up, please use our updated form and a librarian will confirm your request and discuss next steps.

You can also use the following pages to discover what virtual visit or instruction options are available from special collections:
Fashion Resource Center: Using the FRC Off Campus
Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection: Using the JFABC Off Campus
Roger Brown Study Collection: Using the RBSC Off Campus
Video Data Bank: Using the VDB Off Campus

Adding Library Materials to Canvas

If you are adding materials available through library databases, we recommend following the instructions on our Linking to Library Resources & Databases guide. Please note: if you were using links with the EZproxy prefix ( they will need to be updated. 

If you have any questions, please email for help. For further information on posting licensed or copyrighted resources, please see the Posting to SAIC Course Pages page on the Academic Integrity web page.

Library Chat Services

In August 2020, the Flaxman Library launched a new chat service. Users are now able to ask a librarian questions by using the chat box on the library homepage. (Look for a pink tab on the right.) We encourage you and your students to take advantage of this service when remote.

Last update:
Tuesday, June 08