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Teaching and Classroom Support
Due to the risks and limitations of physical capacity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, GVSU libraries will be offering full liaison librarian services in virtual modes during the winter 2021 semester to protect students, teaching faculty, and liaisons.
All core liaison services will remain available in a virtual format. Liaisons will continue to:
- Instruct (synchronously and asynchronously) about library and information literacy concepts and strategies
- Consult about research with students and faculty
- Facilitate collection acquisition to support curricula
- Partner with teaching faculty to support assignment design that integrates information literacy
- Consult about scholarly communications
Liaisons will offer these services virtually using a variety of tools including, but not limited to:
Blackboard, Zoom, Google Meet, Library Guides, Blackboard Collaborate, videos (using Panopto or Camtasia), email, handouts, and slide presentations.
Offering virtual services will allow us to decrease density in the physical library, while maintaining our high standards of service in a manner that allows liaisons, teaching faculty, and students to safely and flexibly engage.
Since a single liaison is the main point of contact for hundreds of students and faculty with their liaison assignments, offering mostly virtual services limits the number person-to-person interactions. This reduction of in-person services protects the health of individual liaisons, but is also student-focused as it stops liaisons from potentially becoming unintentional points of spread. In past semesters librarians have met with numerous students and faculty from a variety of disciplines and classes in a single day across multiple class lectures and individual consultations, by preferring virtual we reduce overall vectors for contagion.
If in-person modes are required, please contact your liaison librarian to discuss options. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis in very limited circumstances to meet educational needs that can’t be done in a virtual setting. In such cases, there will be strict social distancing guidelines and all participants will be required to wear face coverings.
Librarian office suites will be closed to anyone without an office in the space to keep overall space populations within public health best practices; conference rooms or open-air spaces may be used in exceptional circumstances as meeting places if arrangements are made ahead of time, but will not be available for drop-in consultations or meetings to ensure management of population density.
Liaison librarians are the primary link between academic departments and the library. Every academic program on campus has a dedicated liaison librarian, and every librarian is a GVSU faculty member. They are your advocates and partners in supporting student success.
How do the Libraries approach teaching?
In the Grand Valley State University Libraries, we teach information literacy in order to support students, faculty, staff, and the GVSU community as they learn and teach while using information in any of its forms. We see information literacy as a critical, iterative, transformative, and exploratory process. For more on our approach to teaching and information literacy, see our Learning and Teaching Philosophy.
What are some examples of library instructional support?
In addition to direct support from your liaison librarian, University Libraries offers many other programs and services to support faculty teaching and learning. Here are a few examples:
Copyright & Fair Use in Teaching: The Libraries' Copyright Guide provides information about copyright for educators and students, including fair use, as well as resources for finding content that is free to use in teaching.
Open Educational Resources: Use our Open Educational Resources subject guide to find high-quality open-licensed textbooks and other educational materials for your courses.
Research Guidance Rubric: This rubric assists faculty in the design of research assignments that guide their students toward effective research. This document advocates for assignments that give concrete and specific guidance on research methods.
Subject Guides: Share our collection of subject and course guides to help your students find discipline-specific library materials. These guides can be embedded into your syllabus or Blackboard course.
Video and Interactive Tutorials: Librarians have created several creative learning modules to information literacy competency, which you can embed in your Blackboard site.