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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

UMN Libraries Resources for Fall semester

OUR LIBRARIAN NANCY has compiled resources that might be useful for faculty and instructors during the fall semester. To view her messages and resources, please continue reading.

Messages from Nancy:
Fall 2013 is almost here and our Course Reserve Service is here to help!
Course reserve is available on-site or online. Both appear in the Library Course Page, making them easy for students to find and access. The service is free and allows students equal access to materials - right from the class Moodle page! As I announced earlier, I have created a Course Page for every class offered in each of my departments for Fall term. I hope you will let me know of any changes/ideas/reactions/comments that you or your students have concerning this general page.
On-site reserve - of books, films, or course packets shelved at any Twin Cities campus library - is also available. To submit an on-site reserve request, just email a list of items you'd like placed on reserve to the contact for the campus library you'd like as your reserve site. Contacts for reserve sites can be found here:
Electronic reserve (eReserve) is available online 24/7 and can include a variety of materials--excerpts from books, direct links to articles from e-journals, video clips, slides from class lectures, and more. In Summer 2013 we launched a new eReserve system called Reserves Direct, which is compatible with mobile devices and will display readings in a course's Moodle site.
To request an eReserve site, just email your reading list or syllabus to wilsrsv@umn.edu. Please consider fair use when submitting an eReserves request, as instructors are responsible for assessing that materials submitted to eReserve constitute fair use under copyright law. Information regarding fair use can be found here: https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/fairuse
Further information about Course Reserve can be found here: https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/reserves
The library is a key resource for you and your students - to increase retention, support your teaching and help students avoid potential problems or inconvenience. If you have any questions about all of these services, feel free to contact our Wilson coordinator for reserve services: Danika Stegeman, Wilson Reserve, 110 Wilson Library, wilsrsv@umn.edu, 612-625-9157.
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Metrics are the current passion in the Libraries - so using our wonderful resources is important to keeping them for your use! AMST CourseLib Page - Fall 2013.jpg
To hopefully help get students into some of our great databases and online reference tools that can only help them in their studies - regardless of whether the class is writing intensive, writing through the curriculum or whatever!
At the bottom of each page (they are pretty generic) is a link to the full list of guides to the literature of AMST so they can still get to the more indepth information.
If you are teaching and would like to include some additional links or resources, just let me know.
These more specialized pages will now be linked to students' Moodle pages for the Fall classes. I've attached a pdf of a sample page for your information.
Comments? Questions? Just let me know!
Nancy K. Herther - herther@umn.edu
American Studies Librarian
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I hope you have all had a wonderful, productive an restful Summer!
We've been busy, as always, in the Libraries seeing to it that we have a wonderful array of new books and materials for you to use.
Of course, nothing is perfect and if you know of new materials that we can add to our collections, please let me know!
Click here to view new books list.