Fall 2020 Library Services and Access Information

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, OWU Libraries have modified their services and facilities access to adhere to recommended guidelines and safety protocols.

Please consult our Fall 2020 Services and Access Guide as a one-stop spot for everything you need to know about using OWU Libraries this semester, including hours, borrowing, and available space.

Please note that our plans and decisions will remain flexible and are subject to change. We will continuously assess our services and the current situation and will work to communicate any necessary changes via this guide and other official library channels as quickly as possible. We thank you in advance for your understanding.

COVID-19 Course Guide Available

Taking OWU’s MOOC on COVID-19? We have a resource guide for that!

We’re in This Together: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Coronavirus Pandemic is a 10-week course, where 24 Ohio Wesleyan faculty members address the coronavirus pandemic from perspectives across academic disciplines. Through lectures, panel discussions, and questions from the class, they will explore the lasting effects this crisis will have on global society, even as the pandemic unfolds. For more information on the course itself, please see the official COVID class page.

Along with linking to the weekly assigned readings, the library course guide will assist students in locating resources to add to their understanding of the crisis.

Have any questions bout the guide or need help accessing resources? Contact us!

 

 

 

 

Library Resources & Service Support for Faculty

Off Campus Access to Resources

Many of OWU Libraries resources can be accessed from anywhere. This guide provides information on how to access our resources when working off campus. Here you will find information about accessing ebooks, databases, and getting remote help from a librarian. 

Physical Course Material Needs

Instructors should use this form to submit physical resources/content for which you’d like to provide remote access if possible (portions of print textbooks, course packs, films, etc.). Library and Campus Store staff will work collaboratively to review submissions and determine what is already available or can be made available in the time needed. 

Course Prep Assistance

Liaison librarians are ready to assist faculty that may need to find alternative content to assign that is available remotely via the Libraries. 

Student Assistance

  • We will be answering reference questions via chat, email or phone during regularly scheduled hours (Monday-Friday 1-4). We are currently working on a plan to expand chat assistance into weekday mornings. 
  • In the coming days we will be preparing messaging that we’ll be extending loan periods and granting leniency on overdue item bills or fines. We do not expect items to be returned from those off campus and recommend materials not be sent to the Libraries during this time. 

 

New Resource Alert – DailyChatter Newsletter

Thanks to a generous offer from DailyChatter, OWU is now able to offer this international daily newsletter to the OWU campus free of charge.  DailyChatter aims to curate some of the most interesting and important global developments and prepare it in a conversational, easy-to-read report. It is digital, independent, as well as non-partisan.

Subscription to this service is entirely free for as long as you are enrolled or employed at OWU. This initiative is part of a new public service DailyChatter has launched with higher education institutions across the country.

To sign up, CLICK HERE or visit the link on the library’s A-Z list. Enter your name and OWU email address and the newsletter will start arriving the next weekday morning. Users can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided at the bottom of every edition.

New Resource Alert – Global Environmental Justice Documentaries

This curated collection of 29 documentaries aims to present “under-reported stories of human rights and environmental protection issues in Asia and North America.” In addition to covering a variety of subjects, each documentary is accompanied by a teaching guide, created by the same faculty responsible for curating the collection (Whittier, Yale, Brandeis and NYU Shanghai).

Other highlights of this particular collection include:

  •         Ability to integrate content into Blackboard or provide permalinks links
  •         Ability to create playlists and clips
  •         Closed captioning (for most titles)
  •         Synchronized transcripts
  •         Video markups for class presentations
  •         New content added periodically

Please note that licensing of this collection covers use in-class and for other closed-campus events.These films cannot be shown or advertised outside the OWU learning community.

To learn more about using this new collection, visit the Docuseek2 Help wiki.

For more about providing links or integrating content into Blackboard, visit the Integrating Docuseek2 wiki.

Additional questions can be directed to libraries@owu.edu.edu.

Automatic Renewal of Library Materials Now Available

Beginning this semester, materials checked out from the Libraries that are eligible for renewal will now renew automatically, eliminating the need for users to manually initiate the renewal process. This includes materials from OWU, CONSORT, and OhioLINK but does NOT include items borrowed elsewhere through interlibrary loan (ILL) services.

Library users will be sent email messaging regarding these renewals and additional notification when an item finally becomes due. For details about loan periods and the number of renewals allowed on circulating items, visit the Borrow, Renew, Request page on the Libraries’ web site.

Still have questions? Library staff are happy to help. Email: libraries@owu.edu or Phone: 740-368-3225

OhioLINK Central Catalog Updates

Starting December 19th, OhioLINK will be introducing an alternative version of its Central Catalog. Here is what you need to know about the change:

  1. The new version is called “Encore” and the older version will be referred to as the “Classic Catalog.”
  2. Encore is an alternative not a replacement of the Central Catalog.
  3. The OWU and CONSORT Libraries will continue linking to the “classic” version to maintain search functionality and click-through search capabilities from CONSORT to OhioLINK. OhioLINK’s page will default to Encore. A link to the Classic Catalog is available in the upper right corner of Encore if you need to make the switch.
  4. Which version should you use? Encore is a single-search with facets/options similar to our “Find All” search. The Classic Catalog allows for more controlled and targeted searching including subject searching, OCLC numbers, etc.

Please reach out libraries@owu.edu with any questions. Our staff will be happy to assist.

Safari Books (now O’Reilly Safari Learning) Platform Update

Recently, Safari Books Online adopted a new platform, called the O’Reilly Safari Learning Platform. This is a reminder that the final cutover to the new platform is this Friday, December 21st.  As of this date, access to the legacy Safari Books Online platform will no longer be available.

All links from the library website, catalog, and Summon have been updated, so you should not encounter any problems if accessing the platform that way. However, please be aware that any links saved before the 2018 fall semester will no longer work.

Questions about content or access? Please contact us!

Bashford Lounge Construction

The former cafe space attached to Bashford Lounge will be under construction through Winter Break, but Bashford Lounge is still available for 24/7 access while the work is in progress.

All night access to the Bashford Lounge will be available until Friday, December 21st.

The lounge will be unavailable when the University is closed, December 22nd through January 1st.

After-hours access for the lounge area will resume when classes begin on Wednesday, January 16th.

Please contact us if you have any questions!