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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: March/April 2022

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1. RICE Day research need an upgrade? We can help.

If your students are researching sources for RICE Day and coming up lacking, don't hesitate to refer them to a librarian! We love seeing the solid foundations of sources our students used to build their awesome RICE Day presentations. Find your librarian and make a referral today: https://knightguides.wartburg.edu/faculty/librarians.

 

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2. So much circulating technology!

Did you know we have so many different pieces of technology available for checkout that might help your students succeed even more? Of course, you probably know about laptops, headphones, calculators, and chargers. But did you know about digital voice recorders, graphic drawing tablets, and yard games? Now you do! See more at https://knightguides.wartburg.edu/equipntech.

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3. International Women's Day/Women's History Month display

Check out our display for the International Women's Day theme for 2022, Break the Bias, and grab a sticker (appropriate for most fabrics, but not plastic) to show how YOU will help #BreaktheBias.

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4. Streaming film reminder

It is always a good reminder to get any Kanopy requests in ahead of time. See our streaming information here: https://knightguides.wartburg.edu/streamingfilm

That's all for now! Short newsletter this month!

Head over to the FAQ page if you have any questions.

Until next time...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: January/February 2022

 

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1. Welcome our new library employees!

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Melissa Curtis, new librarian

liaison to Group A

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Julie Fedeler,

new Interlibrary Loan Supervisor

 

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2. Do you require regular books for your course? We can help!

Whenever you require a book for a course and it is not a literal textbook, let us help your students get access! When we don't know we have a book you've required for a course, the first lucky student gets our copy for the semester (very common instead of purchasing their own). The rest of the unlucky ones order through Interlibrary Loan. But while this is free for the students, it is not free for the library, it adds to packaging waste, and it isn't fair to the students.

So keep an eye out for any time you require a non-textbook book--the library may have a copy (or we can purchase one) that we can put on reserve, easing the financial burden for our students. If we find the book is available as an unlimited access eBook, that is even better!

Email your librarian, come to the front desk, or fill out the online form.

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3. Dissertations & Theses Global trial access continues...

Do you already miss our trial access to Dissertations & Theses Global? Then rejoice--we have trial access to the search interface ProQuest One Academic through March 10. With this one search bar, you can search ProQuest Central, AVON (Academic Video Online), Academic Complete, and Dissertations & Theses Global. Pretty sweet--try it out and let us know what you think!

 

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4. Refer your students directly to librarians for research help

At the beginning of the school year, we had high hopes to train the Peer Learning Lab tutors in beginning research assistance. This has turned out to not be feasible for a variety of reasons, none of which have to do with the wonderful people the PLL tutors all are!

Please continue to refer your students directly to a librarian for research assistance, and we can field all their needs. Our new ILL Supervisor, Julie Fedeler, also has an MLIS, and she will be available in the evenings for basic research assistance as well.

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5. Streaming film reminder and Faculty Dev. Collection update

  • Streaming film--reminder to get any Kanopy requests in ahead of time. See our streaming information here: https://knightguides.wartburg.edu/streamingfilm
  • Faculty Development Collection--we will be integrating these books into our general collection, where they will be more easily browsed, findable, and re-shelve-able. A solution that works for everyone!

That's all for now! Short newsletter this month!

Head over to the FAQ page if you have any questions.

Until next time...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: Nov & Dec 2021

 

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1. Ambush Makeover, Faculty Dev. Collection edition

  • Did you know there is a section of the collection that is specifically for faculty development? Well, there is--it lives in the Faculty Development Room on the 1st floor of the library (#120). We've given the space a little makeover--come check it out!
  • Got suggestions for books to add? Got ideas for how to use this space? Got an opinion about whether this is important to keep or if it should be absorbed into the regular stacks? We're interested in your thoughts and the future of this mini-collection.
  • Update: Due to lack of interest and confusion for our circulation pages, we will be integrating the books in this tiny section into the General Stacks, where you can still browse and borrow as needed!

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2. This Fall, Make Wikipedia Your Witch!

  • Do you tell students they can use Wikipedia to "get started" or "for ideas from the works cited"? Did you know there is a ~deep knowledge~ way to use Wikipedia that is more powerful? The first information students encounter will frame the topic in their mind without them even knowing it. Check out our "Witchipedia" display on the bulletin board at the library's 2nd floor entrance, up all this month, to see how students can bend Wikipedia to their will.
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3. New world music instruments

  • We've added a Celtic lyre, a balalaika, and a shakuhachi to our M. Paula Survilla Collection of World Instruments. Some of these items aren't quite ready for checkout, but we couldn't resist sharing the excitement. Once everything is tuned and cased--sometime this month--you can come explore these new additions!
  • PS The music instruments have a one-week checkout period.

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4. Trial databases - Anchor Bible resources

  • Bloomsbury has done the Lord's work (haha) and digitized the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary and the Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries. You can get to both of these on our Databases A-Z page, where it is always easy to see what databases are on trial--they are listed to the right.
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5. Thanksgiving and Christmas with Wartburg hours

  • The library hours will change a bit around the Thanksgiving break and Saturday, December 4th. Be sure to always check on our hours page to see when we're open and closed.

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

Until next time...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: Oct 2021

 

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1. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database Trial!

  • Wartburg has trial access to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database until October 29. Many of our students discover the "perfect" source in their research journey, only to see that it is a dissertation available only on microfilm--or not available for lending at all. The Dissertations & Theses Database solves this problem by connecting students directly to the digitized content.
  • The most frequent topics this supports are those in the humanities and those on lesser-examined topics, especially those historically left outside the canon of disciplines, such as non-white, non-male individuals.
  • Be sure to tell your students to take advantage of this awesome resource while access lasts, and let us know what you think!
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2. Hispanic American Heritage Month display

  • Stop by our 2nd floor display table to see this month's display supporting the national Hispanic American Heritage Month. Read about whether you should use Hispanic, Latino, LatinX, and more, and check out a sampling of our LatinX-related items in the library (there are hundreds), including a memoir by Sesame Street's "Maria," Sonia Manzano (PS her new PBS children's show is also starting this month).
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3. DVD Collection - FRESH LOOKS

  • Stop by our DVD collection on the 2nd floor to experience our new expanded shelving and user-friendly alphabetical shelf labels! Our DVD collection supports the same collection goals as our overall collection policy; as always let us know of any DVDs recommended for purchase. Streaming film licenses come and go, but DVDs are forever*.
  • The library has portable DVD drives available for checkout--with handy USB connectors!

*at least until the toothpaste no longer fixes the scratches.

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4. Streaming film databases - expanded instructions

  • Speaking of streaming film, we've expanded our instructions for requesting and embedding streaming film due to the sometimes complicated nature of these things. The expanded instructions will open on the same subpage of this guide as before, but now the instructions live on their own separate guide.
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5. Group A - Who to contact for instruction and collection

  • Are you a faculty member in Group A and still not sure who to contact in the library for collection and instruction needs? Please start with jill.westen@wartburg.edu, and the librarians will discuss how to best take care of your needs! It's also fine to stop by in person, and we will get it sorted out that way, too.

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

Until next time...

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 elisa.klope@wartburg.edu, 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 jill.westen@wartburg.edu 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 jill.westen@wartburg.edu 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)

BONUS ITEM

(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...

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.
  • *Ulrich's was added back into the lineup over the summer, yay!

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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...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: April 2021

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1. *NEW* OER resources page--Q&A Session and other info

  • Interested in learning more about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Mark your calendar for a Q&A session with Amandajean Nolte and Barb Schultz: April 6 at 11:30am or April 7 at 4pm. Or look through our new OER-specific page to find out more on your own!

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2. The bikes are back in town

  • The snow is gone and the bikes are out! You don't have to be a student to check out a bike and take a little spin for some fresh air by the river or to grab a quick thing from Fareway.
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3. 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. Library E/D/I initiatives

  • The Vogel Library permanent staff and student workers are together doing the work of examining our policies, procedures, spaces, and ourselves for systemic inequity and bias. This work is summarized here.
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5. Survey of the Month: Inclusion in the Library

  • Has the library every felt unwelcoming to you? We are asking the Wartburg community to let us know if anything in our space has made you feel excluded according to an aspect of your identity.
  • Take the survey here!

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

Until next time...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: March 2021

1. Squirrel's new nest

  • We've moved The Searching Squirrel's nest to here on the Faculty Resources guide. That way, all your links to good information can be in one place! Of particular interest may be the "More faculty FAQs" page--be sure to view the drop-down options to find what you need.

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2. Still a good reminder--3 Evaluation Questions to replace PATS acronym

  • If you didn't get a chance to read about the 3 Evaluation Questions we'll be using as our official evaluation tool, take a few minutes to look at our overview. Click here to learn more!
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3. Collection Update for Currency Project

  • We are embarking on a multi-year project to update our collection. We're excited about how this project will serve students with a more accurate print collection and facilitate our collection goals to support diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more on our project guide.
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4. Library E/D/I initiatives

  • Although the library profession has along history of enforcing white supremacy, the last two years have seen a massive uptick in awareness and efforts to do right. The Vogel Library permanent staff and student workers are together doing the work of examining our policies, procedures, spaces, and ourselves for systemic inequity and bias. This work is summarized here.
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5. Surveys of the (previous) Months:

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

Until next time...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: February 2021

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1. New! Earlier winter closing time in the evenings

  • Pandemic winter nights got you staying at home, cozied up and warm? We feel you. Vogel Library has temporarily adjusted their hours to reflect current student usage, and our evening closing time is moving up, beginning Winter Term. Nothing lasts forever, and this won't either. Click this link here for full info.

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2. Newish! 3 Evaluation Questions to replace PATS acronym

  • It's so hard to say goodbye...or maybe it's easy! Information Literacy Across the Curriculum (ILAC) is transitioning to the more natural and flexible 3 Evaluation Questions, created by our very own Jill Westen, College Librarian. Click here to learn more!
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3. eBooks galore!

  • While paging through a print book will always hold a special place in our hearts, COVID-19 means that sometimes, getting our hands on that physical copy isn't possible. Searching in OneSearch makes finding eBooks a breeze--after you enter your search, limit to "Books" and then "Full text online."
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4.Streaming film databases: About those embed codes...

  • If you are having trouble getting Kanopy films to embed in your my.wartburg course, follow the instructions on the streaming databases page on the side, and definitely let us know of any further issues!
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5. Surveys of the (previous) Months:

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

Until next time...

The Searching Squirrel, a Library Newsletter: December 2020

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1. Streaming film databases

  • It's a snap to share streaming documentaries and feature films with students whether in person or online. Check out our "Streaming film database" page to the left for links to Kanopy and Academic Videos Online.
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2. Holiday hours

  • If you guessed the library might have different hours over the long holiday break, you are one smart cookie! Click this link here for full information. The hours vary, so going directly to that page is always the best choice!
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3. Google Scholar off-campus links

  • Do you love those links to full text that Google Scholar shows you when you're on campus? Did you know you can set up your browser to show those to you when you are off-campus? Head over to the page on the left to learn how!
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4. Copyright and linking to articles

  • So many copyright laws, so little extra brain space. You don't have to remember it all--just check out our summaries linked on our copyright page on the left or contact our copyright officer for more detailed assistance.
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5. Survey of the Month: Faculty survey for collection update project

  • This brief 3-topic survey is linked here and above. The librarians have been planning a multi-year collection update for currency & equity, and we would like faculty feedback! Responses preferred by the beginning of January.

That's all for now! Head over to the "Questions? Lost?" page if you have any feedback.

Until next time...

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New Microfilm Reader

  • Did you miss the news that Vogel Library has a brand-spanking new microfilm reader, thanks to a successful Fund the Fortress campaign? Watch the video below to learn how you can use the new machine to open the world of microfiche (video by ELITE student worker).

Previous Survey: What do you like to read?

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