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Faculty Guidance 2020/2021

A quick reference guide to available resources to help prepare for remote/hybrid learning 2020/2021. When in doubt, ASK US.

Faculty Guidance 2021/2022

Updated 5/28/21

  • If there is a significant change to this guidance for spring and summer quarter, we will notify faculty through Libraries department liaisons and our public communications channels.
  • Updated guidance for fall quarter will be available in July.
  • When in doubt, ASK US. We’re here to help!

Teaching Resources: Textbooks and Course Materials (including Course Reserves)

What is available now?

What is NOT available now?

  • Physical materials (books and media) cannot be placed on Course Reserves for spring and summer quarter;  equitable access remain key factors while UW continues with remote/hybrid learning. We continue to refine plans for course materials in fall quarter and expect to provide more information/guidance in July.
  • Online options are not available for all desired titles. There is often no online equivalent for physical items on course reading lists; and, when online equivalents do exist, licensing them takes additional time, so they may not be available immediately. In addition, accessing electronic resources for all academic disciplines is a challenge compounded by a publishing landscape that doesn’t support a fully online environment.

Teaching Support

  • The Libraries provides teaching support including online DIY modules and videos you can embed into your course; library research sessions tailored to your course; and connections to campus partners focused on pedagogy and teaching technology.
  • Libraries Open Scholarship Commons (OSC): We can help you design and integrate open scholarship tools and concepts into any classroom setting (e.g. podcasts, digital exhibits, data and copyright management and more!). Many Libraries services are now in one place with the new OSC.
  • Online workshops: The Libraries offers numerous asynchronous online workshop modules to support UW students and faculty. Topics include undergraduate research skills, business library research, digital book publishing, and citation management. Contact your subject librarian for more information or to suggest custom content for an online Canvas course.

Subject Librarians

Our subject librarians can assist you with Libraries collections needs for your research and teaching, and can provide tailored information sessions and consultations for students.

Access to Physical Spaces and Collections

  • Individual Study Space at the Research Commons will be open throughout the summer and interim quarters.
  • All UW Seattle Libraries, including Special Collections will remain closed during spring and summer quarters with the exception of Individual Study Space at the Research Commons.
  • Eligible books and media from UW’s physical collections can be requested online and picked up on campus -- see No Contact Pick-Up Service for more information:
    • NOTE: Libraries cannot loan out physical books that are also available online through the HathiTrust ETAS; usage is limited to the electronic version in order to maintain access to the ETAS (1.7 million ebooks) while most classes are offered online and many students are out of the area. This is a special COVID-time provision while Libraries buildings are closed and UW remains in a hybrid learning environment for spring and summer quarter.
    • InterLibrary Loan: UW Libraries will continue to fill requests for articles and book chapters. Any requests that cannot be filled with electronic resources will be requested from other libraries - this includes scans, but not physical materials at this time. Requests for physical items via Summit and ILL Service are scheduled to return on June 21st.
  • Requesting new physical titles for the UW collection --  we continue to welcome requests for new titles, which are referred to the appropriate subject librarian for review.
  • New print materials may be significantly delayed before they are available for borrowing. Limited on-campus staffing during the COVID-19 Healthy Washington Plan has resulted in significant processing backlogs for orders for print materials.

The Libraries COVID Update contains up-to-date information on our reopening plans, available Libraries collections, and services.