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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.

Teaching Resources

Textbooks and Course Materials (including Course Reserves)

  • What is not available now
    • Physical materials (books and media) cannot be placed on Course Reserves until further notice, with user safety and equitable access in mind.
    • 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 imbed 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 opens Tuesday, March 30. Learn more.
    • Changes to operations, including re-opening of additional Libraries spaces, are communicated through the Libraries COVID Update as soon as new information is available. 
  • 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
    • Libraries cannot loan out physical books that are also available online through the HathiTrust ETAS, since usage is limited to the electronic version in order to maintain access to the ETAS (1.7 million ebooks). This is a special COVID-time provision while Libraries buildings are closed.
    • No physical materials may be requested from our Summit partners or Interlibrary Loan at this time.
  • 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.

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