We're preparing for fall semester

July 23, 2020

Like the rest of campus, the library is preparing for a public health-informed in-residence fall semester. According to Dean of Libraries James Hilton, precisely what this means is yet to be determined, “but by the beginning of the fall semester, you’ll see an expansion of our already extensive suite of remote services, as well as access to the physical collection and some in-person services,” he says.

Today, library buildings remain closed to the community, though in June some library staff began working in the buildings to resume scanning services, process and shelve returned and new items, and share images of, and information about, library-use-only materials from the Special Collections Research Center, the Map Collection, and the Papyrology Collection.

The resumption of scanning services is significant, especially for faculty and instructors preparing to teach this fall. With the physical collection off limits for now, the library is planning to meet the need for course materials and reserves with electronic offerings wherever possible. Physical reserves will be a last resort, given that health and safety rules require that returned items be isolated for 48 hours.

To help instructors navigate these challenges, the library is offering a consolidated service via its website, with guidance about finding materials along with a request form. The library is encouraging faculty to begin planning for their course material needs as soon as possible.

For those interested in incorporating library instruction into their classes, the library offers live sessions via Zoom or BlueJeans, recorded video, and in-person class visits (where preferred, reasonable, and safe). Instructors can request a session via our website, and can also find library modules and tutorials to integrate into their Canvas sites.

The library will launch borrowing services via contactless pickup and delivery by the beginning of the fall semester. It’s also planning for some in-person services by appointment only, and looking at ways to offer limited student study space, perhaps using a reservation system. Further details will be available soon. See the Access during COVID-19 section of the library website for the most up-to-date information.


by Lynne Raughley


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