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Daley College Virtual Library Services: Faculty Resources

Remote Instruction

Remote Instruction Options

During this time of remote instruction, librarians are available to support information literacy outcomes and provide database instruction by

  • attending Zoom sessions to demo databases and research processes
  • creating screencasts for specific classes
  • creating research handouts specific to your assignments               

Complete the form below and email it to Val Neylon ( to schedule a Library Instruction Session

Library Instruction Session Guidelines

  • The best time for a library instruction session is after a research assignment has been assigned and students have chosen their topics. Students are more likely to be motivated to learn about research resources at the point of need.        

  • Students learn best by doing, and we encourage you to allow time to actively reinforce their learning through hands-on practice (searching databases, etc.).        

  • Instruction sessions must be requested a week before the date requested.   

Coordinate with Librarians

Studies show that academic libraries have a positive impact on student learning! 

Consider including the library in an assignment! This can help to increase the level of comfort students have using the library. 

Some examples include:

  • Making the library a destination on a virtual scavenger hunt
  • Require students to check citations with a librarian over email or using the Chat tool
  • Offer extra credit to students who forward a Chat transcript when using the library

Additionally, you can send assignments over prior to the due date so that librarians have a heads up on how to help students best

Course Reserves

Remote Course Reserves

The library will not be able to offer in-library use of physical reserve items to students because of guidelines regarding the safe use of library materials during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to support alternatives in the following ways:  

  1. Whenever possible, the library has secured electronic access to materials. Check the library catalog to see if the material you are looking for is available electronically. Please keep in mind that many traditional textbooks are not available as eBooks for library purchase.

  2. Copies of assigned readings can be made available to your students in accordance with Fair Use guidelines. Learn more about Fair Use and find a checklist here. Once you have determined that the reading(s) you would like to scan meet Fair Use, you can upload materials yourself to your course's BrightSpace page for students to access.  

  3. If the library has multiple copies of a textbook, or older editions of the textbook, those copies will be available through to check out for 3 week loans. Students can request the titles online and pick up the books in person from the library.