As instructors prepare for hybrid instruction this fall, the University Libraries continue to support remote learning with a new unlimited license for The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), a suite of resources that can be used to teach scientific methods and concepts for lab and lecture courses.
During the challenging times that COVID-19 has presented to our university, the University Libraries continue to support critical research in a virtual environment. One example is our support of systematic review efforts. Systematic reviews, and other types of research synthesis, can result in highly impactful research at a time when lab and field work may otherwise be on hold. They are also an excellent way to engage students in the research process, without the need for lab or research facilities.
In early February 2020 (seems like a lifetime ago!), the Qatar-campus Library hosted two VIP guests from the main campus Library – Jill Chisnell, Integrated Media and Design Librarian, and Dom Jebbia, Digital Collections Associate. During their visit, Jill and Dom delivered a well-attended workshop on zine making and met with faculty members about incorporating zines and other creative learning techniques into their courses. Shortly after we waved goodbye to our guests, two instructors (Jennifer Bruder and Nesrine Affara) requested a zine-making workshop for their Spring semeste
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Students working remotely need on-going, pragmatic and sustainable support now more than ever. To meet this need, the University Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Education, is offering a series of workshops designed to help students better manage and curate their research data.
Librarians have been using email to contact and work with students and faculty for several decades. Going into classes to demonstrate to students how to access our resources, and how best to use them is commonplace, too. Now, with COVID-19 requiring that everyone "stay in place," we're all using other methods to continue to reach our users.
Figure1. From Folger Library Folio 5, Tragedies page 39 [dd2r] (STC 22273 Fo.1 no.05)
"I had been unsuccessfully looking for an online copy of a very particular book. The topic is not a common one and it’s a central theme of my PhD research. I contacted Librarian Jill Chisnell and she figured out how to get a physical copy to me... in Mexico City!! This is one of the kindest and most caring actions I have experienced in my academic years, more so in these difficult and tumultuous times. This will help me finish drafting a full chapter of my dissertation. Thank you CMU Libraries!"
I was curious how our e-resources would support music teaching and learning when classes moved online. While the circumstances we are in right now are not ideal, they have forced me to look at how I use online resources differently and if they really are meeting needs of the School of Music.
1535. This is the number of book pages scanned by the Libraries Digitization Lab to meet the needs of CMU instructors transitioning to online classes. The scanning of materials for use by faculty and researchers is nothing new for the Libraries, but the circumstances surrounding these requests were unique.