Fall Semester Library Access and Services for Faculty

Fall 2020 Services and Builidng Access - Faculty

 

The Stewart Library is excited to welcome you back! While things are a little different due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, the library staff and faculty are dedicated to creating a safe environment while also providing services to assist you and your students meet teaching, learning and research goals.

 

Library Building Access

Access to the library building in Ogden is limited to the following:

  • A reserved study space, including computer workstations.
  • A scheduled test in the Testing Center.
  • A regularly scheduled class in one of the library classrooms.
  • An appointment with a specific WSU faculty or staff member.
  • An appointment scheduled in Special Collection or University Archives through this form.

Faculty can request an appointment in one of our classrooms equipped with microphones and video technology to record a lecture. You can request an appointment by emailing libinstruct@weber.edu.

 

Building Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Library materials can be requested for curbside, walk-up or mail delivery. We have to restrict access to the book stacks because of sanitation guidelines.

The Davis Library will remain closed to patron access, but we will continue to deliver materials via curbside pickup in Ogden and mail service.

All other library services, including assistance with course materials, instruction, and research, will continue to be provided online.

 

Why are reservations being required and access to the building limited?

Public health guidelines require libraries to reduce the occupancy in our spaces through physical distancing. To achieve this, we have taken measures to remove some seating and equipment. Making a reservation will help us keep students, faculty, and staff safe because we can monitor building occupancy and support equitable access to a reduced amount of study space and computers.

Making a reservation will allow your students to book a seat before coming to the library, or a seat can be reserved upon arrival, depending on availability. More information about booking can be found here. Please spread the word to your students to help them plan ahead.

Sanitation guidelines also require us to restrict patron access to the stacks. If a book is handled, we need to quarantine it. The book stacks also do not allow for soical distancing and we need to keep our staff managing the collection as safe as possible.

 

New Service! Contactless delivery of library materials and equipment

Because we understand that access to equipment and library materials is important, we are offering the following services:

  • Checkout services through our online request form.Items will be provided through drive-up and walk-up appointments. In some cases, we can also mail materials directly to you.

  • Laptop checkouts for students for Fall semester will start August 18th.

 

Print Course Reserves

Sanitizing protocols require that we quarantine a book for 24 hours and we cannot provide print course reserve materials under these conditions. We have been working hard to find alternative access to print textbooks in preparation for the fall 2020 semester. Unfortunately, our efforts have been met with resistance from most textbook publishers who do not provide libraries with electronic purchasing options. Textbook publishers operate on a for-profit model focused on selling electronic versions of textbooks directly to students (We acknowledge the University of Guelph library for their model statement on textbook affordability).

Many students relied on course materials for access to their print textbooks. The Stewart Library is committed to student success. We are working with faculty to identify and provide access to textbook alternatives, including:

  • Using an e-book available from the library’s licensed e-book collection. Many academic e-books are not classified as textbooks and are available for library purchase.

  • Linking to academic content from the library’s existing collection of electronic resources, such as journal articles, streaming media, and other digital material.

  • Adopting an open education resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for modification and re-use by instructors.

  • Posting individual book chapters or excerpts of scanned content, subject to copyright limitations.

Need advice on how to find and integrate no-cost course materials? Contact your Subject Librarian or the Resource Sharing department at ereserve@weber.edu.

 

Online Services

All other services are avialable online:

  • Research assistance via the phone, chat, or email.

  • Online library instruction sessions for your courses. Contact your subject librarian to schedule.

  • For information about ENGL 2010 or UNIV 1105 (FYE) library instruction sessions, please contact Ernesto Hernandez, Library General Education Coordinator, at ernestohernandez@weber.edu.

 

Questions

Call Circulation services at (801) 626-6545 or email libcircstaff@weber.edu.

Hours and services are subject to change in response to new public health guidelines, including if campus returns to operating in Orange (Moderate Risk) status.