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Faculty Information

Using Library Reserves

You can ensure that course materials are always available for your students by placing them on reserve. Planning on a 2 day window between the time you place materials on reserve and the time you assign them in class will help us serve your students more effectively. Policies, instructions and procedures for using the reserve service are available online.

Library Instruction

The Library strongly supports the creation of life-long critical learners by adhering and promoting the tenets of Information Literacy and will provide instruction in areas of using library resources, researching, documenting/citing research with the prgram RefWorks, and presenting that research.  Follow the links for more on the Information Literacy program, the Research Den, our online instructional program, or the tutorials on using library supplied research tools.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER stands for Open Education Resources.

OER are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse without charge. According to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which has been funding OER grants for the past decade, "OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” OER materials have a Creative Commons license that specifically states how the material may be used, reused, remixed, adapted, and shared. OER materials could include textbooks, tests, videos, and other materials and tools. OER materials can also be instructor created materials, which are authored and released with a CC license.

Growing the Collection

The librarians and faculty have a joint responsibility in building the collection to support the curriculum. You have the opportunity to shape the collection by working with your library liaison and submitting orders for materials throughout the year. Please allow sufficient time to acquire, catalog and process the materials. Orders for the current fiscal year are accepted from June 1 until early March, with orders accepted after that date being processed after June 1. Each month, the items ordered from the previous month are displayed in Dewey Decimal order online for you to see what has been added in your subject area. Additional information on collection development is available online here. Orders should be submitted to your liaison or to Sandy Stump (610-921-7205).

Streaming Media

The Library provides access to thousands of streaming videos that you can embed or link in Canvas and that you and your audience can access only through the through the Albright Library.