Welcome to the first issue of 3 Things for this academic year. In this edition we focus on access, access, and even more access! Western Libraries is committed to getting you what you need, whether it’s via Western CEDAR, course reserves, our physical and virtual collections, or even if it means making sure you have access to materials outside the Libraries’ main collections. Oh and did we mention it just happens to be Open Access Week? How’s that for timing?!
Do you have a working group, a department, or a research team that produced something really cool and now you are searching for a way to share it? When members of the Writing Instruction Support (WIS) program encountered this problem, they turned to Western CEDAR for help. Recently, the “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” collection was added to CEDAR, and now its contents can be easily accessed by people both at Western and throughout the world.
Course Reserves are Easy to Use & Save Students Money!
By Joanna Bailey
Whether you are a faculty member or a student, utilizing course reserves can save you both time and money. One of our goals here at Western Libraries is to match you up with the information you need. We want to support your teaching and learning needs, and we have access to licensed, copyright-compliant content that instructors can request be made accessible to their students via a Canvas course page. And unlike print coursepacks, course reserves materials are made available to students at no cost to them.
You need it. We get it. We get it because libraries have always been about putting the resources readers and researchers need into their hands. We get it because we employ library professionals whose jobs are to “deliver the goods.” Sometimes this means purchasing unique materials to support faculty research. Sometimes it’s about electronically delivering a specific article to a student on a tight deadline. Sometimes it’s about working with you to find the next best thing, or something even better, because that 15th-century volume simply can’t be found or loaned.
Last year the Faculty Senate Library Committee engaged the campus community in identifying how best to address necessary reductions to library subscriptions. Throughout the process our message was consistent: We remain committed to ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have access to the scholarly resources they need, even if it means increased reliance on borrowing items rather than owning or licensing them.