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

FAQ

Tools for Preparing Fall Courses

As you prepare for teaching online this fall, 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

Starting September 2
Material Pickup - This fall you can save a trip to the library by requesting Flaxman, I-Share and Interlibrary Loan materials for pickup in the Sharp Building lobby. The instructions for requesting library materials are forthcoming, and will be updated on this page.

Library Visits - The Library will be open to SAIC community members this fall 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.

What to expect during your Library Visit

  • The same shared responsibilities will apply in the library space, so please wear your mask and maintain 6 ft. distance at all times.
  • When you arrive, you will be asked to check-in at the library desk before proceeding.
  • Unfortunately, we can not guarantee we’ll be able to help you locate items in the stacks or retrieve items from storage during your visit. If that is the case and there are materials you can’t locate or you discover are in storage, you can either let the staff member at the desk know or email flaxman@saic.edu to coordinate picking them up at a later time.
  • Due to the nature of browsing library materials and using other high-touch surfaces in the space, we highly recommend visitors remain mindful and diligent in their hand hygiene practices.

Getting Course Materials

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 will have reduced hours in the fall where using the library space and picking up library materials will be by appointment only (no drop-ins) for everyone in the SAIC community. Since we will not be offering physical course reserves in the same way this fall, 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 flaxcirc@saic.edu. 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

When the library is open for Faculty appointments in August, you can come in and scan physical materials in the Flaxman collection (use the Flaxman Catalog to see what’s available). You’ll be able to use scanners in the library during your scheduled 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 nfeis@saic.edu.

Request PDFs through Interlibrary Loan

If you are unable to scan materials, you can fill out the Interlibrary Loan 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 flaxman@saic.edu. 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, cfaber@saic.edu, and Nathaniel Feis, nfeis@saic.edu, 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 info@vdb.org outlining your needs, and they will work to add those titles to Panopto.

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 will have reduced hours in the fall where using the library space and picking up library materials will be by appointment only (no drop-ins) for everyone in the SAIC community. Since we will not be offering physical course reserves in the same way this fall, you can use the methods above 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 flaxcirc@saic.edu

Scheduling Virtual Library Class Visits / Library Instruction

We have updated our Instruction Menu to accommodate all formats of classes being held this fall, 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, make the link accessible from off-campus by adding our proxy server prefix [http://proxy.artic.edu/login?url=] to the front of the stable or persistent URL so that the above example becomes: http://proxy.artic.edu/login?url=http://silf.alexanderstreet.com/View/18…

  • TIP: Do not copy the link from the top of the webpage, look for a link within the page that says Stable, Persistent or Permanent Link.
  • To see a walkthrough, watch our How to: Access & Link Streaming Videos Off Campus video (the proxy server prefix technique applies to any materials - not just videos).

A few licensed resources do not allow or do not support stable linking. In these cases, you may have to provide a citation or other instructions in Canvas. Please contact the Flaxman Library (flaxman@saic.edu) with questions or 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

Starting mid-August, users will be able to ask a librarian questions by using the new chat boxes that will appear on the library website. This service will allow you to ask questions, get help setting up appointments, and share screens. We are excited to offer this new service to continue providing the best support to our community while not in the library.

A Note About the Updated Library Search

The search box on the library homepage looks the same, but it now connects  to the updated library search (as of 6/24). 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 flaxman@saic.edu. 

Last update:
Monday, August 24