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Distance Learning Library Services: Faculty Resources

This guide is intended to help students who are taking classes at a regional campus and/or online to more easily access library resources and services.

Library Learning Tools

D2L Embedded Librarian

Faculty can now request a librarian be embedded in D2L.  Once embedded in the course, librarians can directly support your students with their research needs.

How it works:

  • Faculty request that a librarian be embedded in the course using the Instruction Request Form.
  • Faculty member and librarian discuss and collaborate on the services needed, including the length of the embedded service.  Can be anywhere from a few days or a week up to the entire semester.
  • Faculty adds the librarian to the course in the Librarian Role.
  • Librarian then has access to the entire course EXCEPT the gradebook.

Once in the course the librarian can:

  • Review the syllabus and all of the assignments.
  • Add in a Library Guide specific to the class and the assignments, videos, handouts, and any other learning objects or materials that are appropriate.
  • Introduce themselves in the announcements or discussion forum.
  • Create a discussion board where students can post questions regarding library research.
  • Monitor the discussion board as well as any the instructor has created to provide assistance where necessary.

Other activities can include:

  • Live research consultations. Groups or individuals can meet with the librarian via web conferencing.
  • Live library instruction sessions via web conferencing.
  • Creation of specific, on-demand videos that answer questions/issues students are having in the class.
  • Assistance in the creation and assessment of IL quizzes, projects, etc.


Courses That Could Benefit From Embedded Library Services

‚ÄčIn general, courses where students use the library collection or library research databases, need assistance with information literacy issues like citation formatting or need to find data or data sets are good candidates for embedding library resources and/or a librarian.

Both face to face and online courses can benefit from embedding library resources, library research instruction, and librarians.

Specific types of courses include

  • writing intensive courses or courses that have research papers
  • required English courses where students have research paper assignments
  • capstone courses that include a major research project
  • research methodology courses
  • graduate courses that include a literature review
  • research-oriented graduate courses