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

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Tools for Preparing Courses

As you prepare for teaching online, we recommend exploring the Library’s Guide for Faculty on Teaching, the Canvas Fall 2021 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). 

Using the Library In-Person

Library Visits - Based on updates to SAIC’s policies, we are not requiring appointments to visit the library. However, Library hours and visitor policies are subject to change in alignment with updates to SAIC’s school-wide policies. Please check our Visiting the Library Page for the most up-to-date information about using the library in-person.

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.

Course Reserves

In order to ensure access to students who are unable to be on campus, we recommend providing course reserve materials digitally as much as possible (and we offer more advice in the section below). However, the library is offering physical reserves starting Fall 2021, which will be accessible to students when the library is open. If you would like to place physical items on reserve for your class, please email to make arrangements. We will need the following information:

  • Faculty name, department name, course number, course title, number of students
  • Title/author of physical items you want on reserve

Getting Electronic Course Materials

You can use the methods below to get course materials and upload them to your Canvas course rather than use physical reserves (instructions for uploading database materials are below).

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 guide, 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, but we highly recommend making a Bookeye Scanner reservation in advance using this form. 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 physical, text or audio/visual). 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. We will scan our materials when available and convert it to an interlibrary loan request when not available.

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 checking this email account on weekdays and will be able to offer assistance quickly.

Requesting Films/DVDs/Videos

Faculty must request Film/DVDs/Videos from our collections at least one week in advance. Titles not already in our collections may take longer to source. Rentals require a minimum of 3 weeks notice. We are providing streaming access to materials as often as possible. Our guide to searching for streaming video provides instructions on how to search for streaming titles in our collections. 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 digitally, as files we can rent from distributors (minimum three weeks notice). Please contact Carolyn Faber to discuss your particular situation.

The Video Data Bank (VDB) has a selection of its collection available on Panopto -- these titles can be found in the library’s catalog. 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.

Classroom Visits + Library Instruction (In-Person or Virtual)

Flaxman Library - We have updated our Instruction Menu to accommodate all formats of in-person or virtual classes, including both synchronous and asynchronous options such as pre-recorded sessions or Canvas modules that can be added to your course. To sign up, please use our updated form and a librarian will confirm your request and discuss next steps.

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

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 For Faculty page.

Getting Students Library or Research Help

We offer a number of in-person and remote options to help students with their research or library questions. If students need help, please share with them that we offer:

  • Research Consultations - Offered in-person or virtually, this is a one-hour, one-on-one student meeting with a librarian to discuss their research and find opportunities to maximize library resources and services. Students can use Navigate to find the Flaxman Library and set up a Research Consultation appointment.

  • Studio Visits - Offered in-person or virtually, during this one-hour, one-on-one meeting we visit SAIC graduate student studios (or review their portfolio together online) to discuss their work and provide suggested resources or avenues of research tailored to their creative practice and needs. Students can use Navigate to find the Flaxman Library and set up a Studio Visit appointment.

  • Chat or Email - Anyone can use the pink tab on the right of our homepage to chat live with a librarian on weekdays. Anytime you see “chat with us,” a librarian is on the other side and eager to help with any questions. When we’re not available via chat, we welcome emails to