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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: May 2021

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1. Additional databases going away 20-21

  • You can see more details in the all-faculty message sent the first week in May, the document linked here, and the "Alternatives" guide linked here. Otherwise, in a nutshell, we've already cut 8 databases ahead of the 20-21 AY. We will now be cutting an additional 9 databases to meet the budget: CQ Researcher, Music Online, RILM, Oxford Reference Online, Ulrich's, Annual Reviews, CRC Handbook, Project Muse, and Gale-owned databases. These databases will disappear once their renewal date passes. You can see what month this will be by looking at the database on the Databases A-Z list.

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2. Print Periodicals phased out; Online-only subs kept

  • We will also be cutting about $12,500 worth of periodical subscriptions and changing our focus of that collection to online-only scholarly journals that directly support the curriculum--which means we will no longer subscribe to any periodical in print, including newspapers. Further information was in the email sent the first week of May and is linked here. We are looking into exciting new ways to use our Casual Reading Area, such as a small collection of popular fiction loaned from Waverly Public Library.
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3. In case you missed it: Collection Update Project

  • Learn more about our multi-year project to update our collection on our project guide. This project will serve students with a more accurate print collection and facilitate our collection goals to support diversity, equity, and inclusion!
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4. Kanopy changing to mediated access

  • Our Kanopy subscription will remain, but we will be changing our access to mediated access. You will still be able to search the full collection, but before you can view anything, you will need to submit the form on the webpage; librarians will then approve the purchase. We do not foresee declining legitimate faculty requests for films, so please do not see the mediated process as a reason to not use Kanopy.  Kanpy is also working on a means to allow faculty to preview a film before submitting a request.
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5. What DO students know? Take our IS 101 tutorial to find out!

  • Ever find yourself wondering, "Didn't this student learn this in IS 101?" Well, wonder no more! You can know exactly what students know after taking our research foundations tutorials! Explore these on our Foundations of Research guide page (note that we are still tweaking our IS 101 tutorials ahead of the Fall Term, but it doesn't affect anything for you to take the tutorial). After that, incorporate our evaluation language of 3 Questions into what you teach, and build your students' research skills on the basics they learn first.

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

Until next time...

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