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Library News for Instructors

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Fall 2020: Library News For Instructors

Helping you connect with the library resources you need for your semester.

Watch this video for an overview of the library services available to you this semester, other remote teaching options from the library, and more. 


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Library Staff and Librarians are still here to help. All assistance is offered remotely. We do not provide in-person service at this time, except by appointment.

KPU Library buildings remain open, with reduced hours and capacity.

For up-to-date details on our services during COVID, please refer to the KPU Library COVID-19 Responsguide. 

We are still here and ready to help you and your students with your research needs. Contact us through one of our remote service options: you can call us, text us, chat with us or email us! 

Interactive Tutorial: Doing Research

Help your students learn how to research

Assign all - or parts - of our new interactive information literacy tutorial

The Library's Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources has four modules: Doing Research

  1. Get Started on your Research 
  2. Recognize Types of Information
  3. Develop your Research Strategy
  4. Evaluate your Sources

Every module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and consists of written text, video, interactive H5P activities and a short quiz (linked through your Moodle site) that will be graded.

These modules roughly follow the research process, so you can assign one or more of them to your students depending on the class/assignment requirements at any particular point in the course. We have instructions for embedding the modules, or component parts, into Moodle. 

This tutorial is a great alternative to our in-person library research sessions, which are not available during COVID. Need other options? Contact your Liaison Librarian.

Library Resources for Remote Teaching

Incorporate library resources in your online teaching.undefined

Embedding library resources in Moodle will help you make your online course more interactive and seamless.

Check out the Library's new guide to Library Resources For Remote Delivery

You'll find a variety of resources and instructions which will help you do things like:

Students Can Still Learn Information Literacy Skills Online

Librarians can also still help teach your students information skills remotely undefined

Still can't find the resource you need to teach your students research skills for a particular assignment? 

Contact the Liaison Librarian for your discipline. If we don't already have an online instructional component to suit your needs, we can collaborate to find a solution. Your liaison librarian may even be able to arrange an asynchronous or synchronous teaching session.  

We're Still Here for You and Your Students

We welcome students' research & citation questions

AskAway saw nearly a 90% increase in usage during summer term compared to last year during the same time. 

In this new reality of remote instruction delivery, your students still need access to research and citation style help.

Many students prefer chatting with a librarian, through AskAway, as they can access help at point-of-need: during their researching or while writing/citing assignments online.

If your students need research or citation help, you can refer them to the Library's Ask Us  page (where they can choose to chat, email or text us).

Or you can embed our AskAway chat widget right into your Moodle site.

Link.Scan.Open. vs Course Reserves

Provide online and accessible course readings to your students 

With our new service, Link.Scan.Open., you can provide easy access to course readings from the library's collection to your students.

Depending on your request and needs, and as long as it is within Fair Dealing, we can scan PDFs, provide direct or embedding links, and even help you find Open Resources for your courses. 

Link.Scan.Open. is designed to help alleviate the absence of our Course Reserve process, which provided short-term loans of designated course material from our collections at our Service Desks. This service is actually superior to Course Reserves, as there is no longer limited copies to share among your students! 

OPUS & remote teaching

Be Open to the Possibilities

OPUS can help with your online teaching as well as your scholarly publishing

The Library's Open Publishing Suite of services can help you:

  • Create and adapt accessible open textbooks
  • Create an eJournal where students can submit papers/assignments while participating in the Peer Review process online
  • Search & discover the best OER for your teaching needs

Learn more at Library Support for Open Education.