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Faculty Resources

Explanation of the ILAC Plan (Information Literacy Across the Curriculum) plus common research-related resources for faculty

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: Sept 2021


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1. Introducing Waverly Public Library Express

  • This fall, we are excited to announce a new collection that is brought to you by a partnership between Waverly Public Library and Vogel Library. Waverly Public Library Express collection will live in the former Casual Reading Area on the 1st floor of the library and include popular fiction and entertainment items specially selected by the Waverly Public Library librarians. The Wartburg community can check these items out at the Vogel Library desk and enjoy this new access to fun, casual books and games!

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2. Copyright Guide - FRESH LOOKS

  • Our Copyright Office, Elisa Klope, has put together a fresh new guide for general and some specific copyright questions. Check it out, and if you still have questions, feel free to contact her at, 319-352-8248.
  • Copyright Guide link

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3. Welcome Heidi Parker, Librarian, and Kay Grigsby, Archivist

  • Please give a warm welcome to our newest staff:
    • Heidi Parker, Technology and Information Literacy Librarian. Heidi comes to us with librarianship experience at Coe College and some teaching experience in Japan!
    • Kay Grigsby, Archivist. Kay comes to us with archival and librarianship experience, most recently at Graceland U. and Des Moines U. For the time being, Archives hours will remain appointment-only, opening up to full open hours later in the semester.
  • We will also (hopefully) soon be welcoming another new librarian in the role of Student Success and Information Literacy Librarian. If you are in the Group A disciplines and need librarian assistance in this interim period, contact to get the conversation started.
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4. Faculty Development Collection - new books!

  • Did you know we have a Faculty Development Collection section in our stacks? Browse in person in the meeting room on the 1st floor, around the corner from the Waverly Public Library Express area, or get a sense of what is there online by searching the keyword "the" and then limiting by the Faculty Development location.
  • New books coming our way include some new Chronicle of Higher Ed publications, including A Curriculum that Matters; books mentioned in the faculty workshop, including Teach Students how to Learn; and other relevant topics, such as Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse.
  • Got ideas how this collection can better support faculty development and integrate with other initiatives across campus? Contact to start the conversation!
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5. ILAC Updates--The 3 Qs and more

  • We hope you got excited at the Faculty Workshop to start adopting the 3 Questions for Evaluation into your coursework through assignments and discussions. These questions can fit any source type or research need and can be answered by first years and 5th years! For more ideas on how to incorporate this language into what you do, talk to your liaison librarian!
  • You can see the updates I presented at the Faculty Workshop on the ILAC guide (video, Read Along, infographics, and more)


(usually we have 5 items, but there were so many this month, we've got an extra one for you)

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BONUS: REMINDERS: Streaming film databases Kanopy and Swank

  • When you search Kanopy, do not be alarmed when you see a film that is listed as not in our collection. Simply click on it, then locate the link to fill out a request form. The librarians should be able to accommodate all requests as long as there are a couple days to process them.
    • Pro tip: Scroll down past the initial message that looks like nothing is available...the offered films are down below.
  • Also, give a warm welcome to the Swank search engine joining our list of databases. You can search and request Swank films in a similar way to Kanopy--just search, perform the request, and be sure to allow a couple days for processing.
  • Directions on how to embed our streaming film items are on the Streaming subpage on the "More important content" tab on this guide.

That's all for now! Head over to the FAQ page if you have any questions.

Until next time...

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