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Subject Librarians

Contact your subject librarian to begin discussing ways the library can support student learning in your online courses.


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Guiding Questions

When considering how the library can support student learning in your online courses consider the following three big questions:

1. Library Connections: Consider links needed within your online course to connect to library resources.


Can we provide a link or contact information to the appropriate subject librarian?




Can we provide a some standard content connecting to basic library resources (e.g., Ask a Librarian, KentLINK, Journal Finder, Course Reserves, Off-Campus Access [vpn], Subject Guides, Research Databases, etc.)?




Do you wish to have the Meebo Widget available within your course (instant messaging reference service)?




Do you need connections to specific library resources within your course to support course assignments and learning outcomes (e.g., you have an assignment to specifically asks students find journal articles from the psychology literature: PsychINFO link is needed)?




2. Library Instruction: Consider what instruction might be needed to support student learning and the use of information within your course.


What is the nature of your research assignments (if applicable)? Talk a little about how students are asked to use information within your course.




If this were a face-to-face course, how might a librarian provide instructional support for you?





Can you identify any information literacy outcomes that fit into your course (whether explicit or implicit)?

See University Libraries Information Literacy Program Statement and Sample Outcomes for more information—





List identified library instructional needs here (e.g., online tutorials, narrated presentations, handouts, related-quizzes).







3. Library Content: Consider content needed for this course. The library may already have access to helpful content. Also, we may need to identify and/or acquire the needed content.


What textbook are you using and who is the publisher?




Do you have course reserve needs?




What materials do you need (books, journals, video and other multimedia)?







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