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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 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...

Previous News - prior to the start of the SS newsletter

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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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