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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: 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...

Previous News

Previous News

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).

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