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Requesting New Acquisitions: I am very happy to try to acquire e-versions of high-use materials, including those assigned in classes. My annual deadline for submitting book (and film) orders has not changed; I have until May 15 to submit orders. Thus, IF YOU KNOW OF TITLES YOU WANT – ESPECIALLY EBOOKS TO INCREASE ACCESS RIGHT NOW -- please email me directly! Likewise, our Film Librarian is very busy working to acquire online (streamable) versions of films. If you need these materials for course use, please submit through Course Reserves.
For less urgent requests -- or to ensure that I will receive 2 messages about the item, use the Recommend a Purchase Form.
Best Practices for Virtual/Video Instruction
In accordance with state-wide and federal copyright/privacy laws, the Library recommends that all instructors inform students, if they are teaching in real time, that the session – including chat transcript (which is not private, even if only between 2 people), is being recorded. Likewise, if your session is part of another course, the syllabus should indicate this, and you should also announce this at the beginning of the class so the announcement itself is also recorded.
Resources for Online Instruction
Many of the resources below are referenced with others, on the "Resources for Teaching Online" page of the Education Research Guide
- The Chonicle of Higher Education’s article “Going Online in a Hurry: What to do and Where to Start” by Michelle D. Miller, March 09, 2020.
- New Library Research Guide “Resources for Teaching Online”
- UCSD’s Teaching and Learning Commons Website outlines Best Practices and provides many forms of assistance with online teaching and learning, including access to recorded webinars on using Zoom for Remote Instruction
- UCSD’s Educational Technology Services Website for technical support with Canvas, Zoom, and other Resources
- See the Open Educational Resources Research Guide for help identifying affordable and free open access textbooks
- For help accessing ebooks and navigating various ebook platforms, see and for a list of open access ebook sites (and temporarily expanded ebook collections) see our eBooks Research Guide
- To learn about various levels and the ins and outs of Open Access in general see the Open Access Research Guide
- To get copyright guidance (for fair use in instruction) in the time of covid: our Scholarly Communication Librarian has attended several webinars by copyright experts, including one of the drafters of the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research. Please note that in general, experts are stressing use Fair Use, CC licensed content, OER and OA material. She has updated the Copyright Research Guide in light of the current situation