Hi – As the librarian for your department, I have a few library-related items to share with you. I know this fall (and probably the whole year) will be quite different, but I am happy to meet via Zoom with you or your students to talk through any questions you may have (and email always works too).
Library Orientation for New Grad Students – Your fall new graduate student orientations likely look a little different from other years. I know I won’t be able to visit your orientations in person, but the library has short videos covering tips and information about essential library services that you could share with your new graduate students. The videos can be found on this New Graduate Student Virtual Orientation website. Videos cover:
- Graduate student services and spaces in the library
- How to register for and use interlibrary loan
- How to set up Google Scholar to communicate with OSU Libraries collections
- A virtual tour of the library.
Course Reserves – Please submit your course reserve requests ASAP before classes start to ensure course materials are available for your students when term begins. Please use the reserve request form (http://library.oregonstate.edu/reserves/request), and send any questions to email@example.com. To help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, OSU Libraries is continuing to provide scans of course reserve materials. The COVID-19 library guide has additional information.
Ebooks – Access to ebooks is increasingly helpful during COVID-19. Our ebook license rights vary from vendor to vendor in terms of how many users can access the book and whether or not users can download the book to their own device. If you plan to use ebooks in your classes, you can explore the rights for the book you’re interested in by searching for the book in 1Search and then opening the book up to see what the download rules are (these rules are often found on the left side of the page). If you’re confused about an ebook’s access options, feel free to ask me.
Library Building Access – As you may have heard, access to the Valley Library building will be restricted primarily to the main (second) floor for most of fall term. And our hours will be shorter than usual (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). We will continue offering electronic delivery of articles through interlibrary loan and home delivery of books.
Library Workshops – Library workshops on topics like Git, Zotero, Researching the Literature Review, and EndNote will be held online via Zoom this Fall (schedule coming soon). Feel free to attend yourself, or suggest to your students. I’m also happy to lead workshops via Zoom specifically for your lab groups or classes.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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