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Library News for Philosophy, Religious Studies, & Sociology

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Library Updates (brief)

Updated: 8-14-20

Adding Video Clips to Blackboard- If you want to learn how to create and use video and media clips in your online course, my colleague Paul Showalter is offering a Zoom session on 8/17 at 1 pm. The session will be recorded for those unable to attend.

InterLibrary Loan- ILL is back up and running! We can now send out requests to other libraries. While a number of other universities’ ILL offices have similarly reopened, a lot of libraries are not lending yet, so receiving items is taking considerably longer. Thank you for your patience.

Course Reserves for Fall - As health guidelines recommend a 72-hour quarantine for physical materials in between users, the Library will not be offering in-person reserves. Instead, send titles of books and films required for the course and we will attempt to license the digital access.  Most publishers are not offering the emergency access they did in the spring and are very restrictive about library purchases of e-texts and streaming video.  

Library Instruction- All library instruction will be provided online. We can offer both synchronous sessions over Zoom and asynchronous learning modules. We are also offering drop-in workshops that you might consider using for “extra” class sessions.

Temporary HathiTrust Membership Ending- Because campus has reopened, our emergency access to HathiTrust is ending on August 17th. 

Kanopy Requests for Courses - budget constraints have impacted our purchasing model for this platform. Faculty now need to request the purchase of a film before we will have access. We are asking folks to prioritize items that as essential to their teaching. You can learn more here.

OERs and VIVA Grant Opportunity- VIVA is pleased to announce a new grant initiative, VIVA Open Adopt Grants. VIVA Open Adopt Grants provide awards of $2,000 to individual instructors to support the time it takes to integrate existing open or no-cost materials into a syllabus. As budgetary concerns drive planning through the next academic year, we believe OERs will be a valuable cost-savings tool for the institution and students. If you are interested in finding relevant resources, please contact me directly. You can also peruse some of the OERs currently available to W&M through our state consortia here.

Other News- Save the date for Sustainable Scholarship Virtual Forum, Oct 2, 9:30-11 am. Learn more about how W&M Libraries is approaching bundled journal packages like Elsevier.


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