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Southworth Library Learning Commons

Course Support Policy


Faculty Course Support Policy

In support of faculty, the liaison librarians will contribute their expertise in the areas of information literacy, content discovery and development, copyright and licensing issues, and access to resources.   Please see the Southworth Library Learning Commons Users' Guide for specific policies and procedures.


The liaison librarian will provide collaborative support in many ways, including but not limited to the following:

1.Information Literacy Instruction

a.Librarians offer formal library instruction to all classes conducted by SUNY Canton faculty per the Library Instruction Program policies. [provide link]

b.In entry level and core courses, librarians teach basic library and research skills; in upper level courses, librarians focus on more advanced research strategies.

c.Upon request, librarians can provide individualized research instruction to faculty, and can provide in-service training to new faculty to introduce them to SLLC’s resources and services.

2.Assistance with Using or Integrating Educational Technologies 

a.Faculty are additionally encouraged to try out SLLC's Mobile iPad Classroom Instruction Program.  Faculty members can request a librarian attend his/her class accompanied by a mobile set of classroom iPads. 

b.Per the iPad Instruction Program policies, the librarian will provide collaborative instruction to classes on the iPads, utilizing educational applications currently available on the iPads, or those suggested by faculty.  [provide link]

3.Course Content Discovery and Open Educational Resources

a.Upon request, librarians will provide training and assistance to faculty to locate and identify resources to support their course, including open-access, shared or freely available curricular tools.

b.Selection, evaluation, and updating of the most appropriate resources for their courses and its student learning outcomes will remain with the faculty.

c.To request acquisitions for the library’s collection (per the library’s Collection Development Policy, faculty may contact their liaison librarian or use the Acquisitions Request Form on the library’s Use Guide.  [provide links]


a.Librarians can guide faculty toward appropriate copyright, fair use and open access resources and best practices, to address these questions as they arise.


a.Faculty may put material on reserve in the library to be used by students in their particular courses, including textbooks, articles, and other supplemental resources.

b.Librarians will provide proxy links to online materials for faculty use in Blackboard and other course documentation.

  1. Librarians will assist faculty in making resources available to students by creating a LibGuide.  Content for the LibGuide and suggestions for design will be provided by faculty.