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Library Services Academic Year 20-21

This is a guide about CCSU library services for the 2020-21 academic year., including information about hours & services available for students, faculty, and guests, both in-person and online. Due to the pandemic, many of our services have shifted online

Library Services for CCSU Faculty - Academic Year 20-21

Your courses are in Blackboard...and so is the Library!

You have seamless access to Library resources in all Blackboard courses including access to databases, research and citation guides and more.  

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There are two main access points:

  1. For faculty who have already built their courses, you can now upload Library Resources as a Content Area by following these instructions, “Library Resources Content Area Template”.

  2. Library Resources have also been added to Blackboard’s “Pre-built Templates” – Basic, Enhanced, and Enhanced Plus (Accessing and Installing Pre-Built Templates).

In addition, instructional librarians are available to collaborate with faculty on online library resources customized to their individual courses (see below). We are also happy to discuss the needs of courses created in Moodle - contact Joy Hansen at

Online Library Instruction Services

Do you know all the ways instruction librarians can support your online teaching and assist your students in tackling their research assignments in a virtual environment?

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Create a customized course research guide or other aid

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Create a standalone video or lesson on a topic of your choice delivered by you.

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Have a librarian deliver a synchronous, online information literacy class.

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Other ideas? Let's discuss...

QR code for instruction request formTo book your online library instruction session and/or to request services to support your online teaching, please fill out the Online Instruction Request Form.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves

  • If we already have the textbook in the Course Reserves area of the library, students should request book chapters to be scanned and delivered via ILLiad, one chapter per request.  It should be the material you will need in the next week or two. 

  • If a faculty member has a personal book or textbooks at home that they want us to post to ALMA-D, the faculty member will need to scan the material and send it to Jaime Ortiz with the information of the Course code and name. 

    • The scan will be loaded into ALMA Course Reserves and will remain 'live' for the Spring 2021 semester only.  

    • We will only be able to upload 10-15% of the total text to stay in compliance with copyright laws.   

    • Currently, we want to keep personal copies of textbooks and other books out of the library.  The quarantining will slow the process down, so it will expedite things if the faculty make the scans and email them.

    • We hope we can offer print Course Reserve services during the Fall 2021 semester. (that is, print copies on reserve shelves, students borrow items and use them within the library)

  • If faculty have any personal copies of books in Course Reserves and want them back, email Jaime and he will make arrangements for them. 

Finding OER to Supplement Course Materials

Open Educational Resources 

You can find ways to supplement the material using Open Educational Resources (OER). It is possible to find OER in your discipline, which students can then access online. While the OER you find may not be exactly like the original textbooks or materials you used for your course, they will still provide important resources for student learning in these extraordinary circumstances. 

To learn about and find OER, please visit: 

For help finding materials related to your subject, or with any other OER-related questions, contact the OER Library Team:

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