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COVID-19 SU Libraries Updates and Resources: Faculty

Updated 1/27/2021

Add Your Librarian Liaison to MyClasses

For more complete information on how to navigate My Classes, please see this FAQ provided by Instructional Design & Delivery. A first step is to add your librarian to your My Classes Course. 

Teaching Support

Listed below are a few suggestions on how your Librarian Liaison can provide research assistance via My Classes

Librarian Moderated Discussion

A Librarian can create and moderate a discussion thread in your MyClasses. This can be used to lead a discussion on research requirements for the course.


Your Library Liaison can lead a synchronous Zoom session or record asynchronous videos that can be embedded into MyClasses to accompany specific assignments. For instructions on accessing Zoom, see the getting started with Zoom page from IT:

Film Screening

Some films may be requested for addition to our Kanopy or Swank Digital Campus accounts, if available. For other needs, contact ID&D.

Create and Embed a Library Guide in My Classes

Your subject librarian can create a course guide specifically for your class that can be embedded directly into your MyClasses site. Examples of course guides are:

Please see see the Word Documents below for information on how to add Library Guides to your My Classes. 

Copyright/Fair Use

Copyright experts from academic libraries across the country believe that the usual copyright standards are relaxed in the current situation. Access should be restricted to the students and instructors in a particular course, such as by putting the material in MyClasses, and only for the amount of time needed.  See:

Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Faculty Select

You may want to use some Open Educational Resources (OERs) to supplement your online courses.  OERs can include textbooks, lectures, lab demonstrations, assignments, and other types of materials depending on the discipline.  The SU Libraries have a guide to OERs at:

This links to various multi-disciplinary OER sites that you can search.  Our liaison librarians are also working on adding discipline-specific OERs.  This effort is farther along for some fields (education, some humanities, STEM)  than for others, but the multidisciplinary sites should have rich materials for all disciplines. 

FACULTY SELECT: We have acquired an EBSCO search tool called "Faculty Select" that provides faculty with one-stop searching for e-books, including textbooks, from multidisciplinary OER sites AND EBSCO e-books that have unlimited simultaneous users, appropriate for assigning to entire classes.  Once you find a book you'd like to use for teaching, it will give you a link to put in MyClasses; if we don't own it, it will allow you to request that we buy the book.  Please see Bea Hardy's email to faculty on 4/2/2020 for details on how to access Faculty Select.

Find Your Subject Liaison

Copyright during the Pandemic

Copyright experts in academic libraries around the country have put together some resources on copyright and fair use during the pandemic and the shift to online classes. Their view is that the standards are relaxed.  For more information, see the webpage they have put together:

Course Reserves

In the 2021 spring semester, print reserves are not available for students to check out at the Library Service Desk.  Digital copies of the most frequently used course reserve materials will be available to "check out" online through the library's Course Reserve page. We encourage faculty to move course materials online to your MyClasses pages and to reach out to your librarian liaison for assistance in finding Online Educational Resources and Open Access materials. Library staff may be able to assist you in scanning a limited amount of material to make available online for your students.  If students need access to only a few chapters of a book on course reserve, please complete this Google form to tell us the chapters you need scanned.  If your students will be required to use an entire book on course reserve, please contact one of us listed below, and we can discuss additional options for making this available online.  

Amy Jones, Head of Circulation 
Cassy Lewis, Course Reserves Assistant