Library Updates and Resources

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Closed Until Further Notice

Our services & support are still available! Explore how you can use the Library + Special Collections off campus:
Contacts + Information for Each Collection
Updates on Returning Library Materials
Updated Library Search (Starting 6/24)
Preparing for Summer Courses Off Campus
Online Library Resources
Requesting Materials
Research Help + Studio Visits
Virtual Classroom Visits + Library Instruction
Getting More Help Virtually
Your Physical Library Materials

Contacts + Information for Each Collection

John M. Flaxman Library
flaxman@saic.edu | Remote Library Services
Fashion Resource Center
FRC@saic.edu | Using the FRC Off Campus
Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection
jfabc@saic.edu | Using the JFABC Off Campus
Roger Brown Study Collection
rbsc@saic.edu | Using the RBSC Off Campus
Video Data Bank
info@vdb.org | Using the VDB Off Campus

Updates on Returning Library Materials

Students Leaving & Not Returning in the Fall:
If you are not returning in fall or you are leaving Chicago, please email irfm@saic.edu and fill out this form to schedule your return. Library staff are working with IRFM to get library materials returned while the library is closed.

Faculty, staff, and returning students should keep their materials until the campus reopens. 
We will update this section with further information as it becomes available.

Updated Library Search (Starting 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 flaxman@saic.edu

Preparing for Online Summer Courses

Faculty
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. You may also find it helpful to review our library For Faculty: Library Resources for Remote Teaching page with answers to common questions. The rest of this webpage also offers library resources and services available online (such as materials, virtual class visits, and requesting materials you can’t find online). 

Students
As you prepare for online learning this summer, we recommend exploring the Student Guide for Remote Learning + Making and Remote Learning With Library Resources guides for ideas. You may also find it helpful to review our library For Students: Library Resources for Remote Learning page with answers to common questions. The rest of this webpage also offers library resources and services available online (such as materials, research help, and requesting materials you can’t find online).

Online Library Resources 

Flaxman Library offers expert help and many resources that library users can access online. Please note: when accessing materials off campus, you may be prompted to login using your ARTIC username and password.

eBooks – Learn where to find eBooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, dissertations and textbooks and how to find them using our Remote Learning With Library Resources guide.

Articles – Learn where to find articles from magazines, journals and newspapers and how to find them using our Remote Learning With Library Resources guide.

Streaming Video – Learn where to find streaming videos and how to find them using our Remote Learning With Library Resources guide. 

  • 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 we will work to add those titles to Panopto.

JournalsSearch for titles of journals subscribed to electronically by Flaxman Library and linked to article databases and Google Scholar. Sign in with your ARTIC login for full-text options.  

Databases – Find specific databases by these options: full-text, streaming video, ebooks or subject (use All Subjects drop down menu at upper left corner of Databases A-Z page).

Research Guides – Search our research guides categorized by how to guides, subjects and topics that compile useful databases, digital library collections, and research strategies.

SAIC Digital Collections – Find images and information on material from Special Collections such as the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Randolph Street Gallery Archives, SAIC Thesis RepositoryFashion Resource Center Garment Collection, and more. View all collections here. If any material is not accessible because of campus only restrictions, please contact cday2@saic.edu for access.

Requesting Materials

There may be materials that you need that are hard to find online. Flaxman library staff will do their best to find electronic versions of the materials that you need including books, articles, chapters, films, etc. To request materials, please email flaxcirc@saic.edu and include as much information about the item(s) as you can, as well as when you need them.

Research Help + Studio Visits

Research Consultations - We are happy to help with your research remotely! To set up a time to “meet” with a librarian, please fill out this form and a librarian will get back to you ASAP. We can conduct consultations synchronously over Zoom or Google Meet, or asynchronously over email if needed.

Studio Visits - We are excited to virtually visit studios of those within the SAIC community. While campus is closed, this can be facilitated via Zoom or Google Meet. To schedule a Studio Visit with a librarian, please fill out this form.

Special Collections Research - Use the following pages to discover what options are available from each collection:

Virtual Classroom Visits + Library Instruction

Flaxman Library - 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 meetings, 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.

Special Collections - Use the following pages to discover what virtual visit or instruction options are available from each collection:

Getting More Help Virtually

Have a question this page doesn’t answer? Just ask! You can email questions to the contacts below. Please note that most library + special collections groups are replying to questions on weekdays only.
John M. Flaxman Library - flaxman@saic.edu
Fashion Resource Center - FRC@saic.edu 
Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection - jfabc@saic.edu
Roger Brown Study Collection - rbsc@saic.edu 
Video Data Bank - info@vdb.org

Your Physical Library Materials

Overdue/lost status notices and blocks from March 16 forward are suspended for all materials borrowed through I-Share or Flaxman Library. For Worldshare Interlibrary Loan items (anything borrowed outside of I-Share), please email flaxcirc@saic.edu for more information or with any other concerns. Keep an eye on our Updates on Returning Library Materials section of this page as we open options for returning materials.

Last updated:
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
United States