15 Top Tips for New Faculty Using Morris Library

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Morris Library offers a multitude of services for SIU faculty members. Here are 15 of our favorites.

  1. Start from the Website Just for Faculty
    We’ve developed a webpage, For Faculty and Instructors, with all the tips and links you need to get started at Morris Library or find all our resources from our homepage at http://www.lib.siu.edu/.
  2. Use your SIU ID card as Your Library Card
    Bring your SIU ID card to the Library when you want to check out materials or use other library services. If you would like to have your graduate student pick up items for you, fill out a Proxy form at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.
  3. Put Readings on Course Reserves
    You can place course readings on print or electronic reserves through the Circulation Desk. The Library does not order textbooks, but you may place your personal desk copy of the course textbook on print reserves for your students to use for a limited period of time.
  4. Meet your Liaison Librarian or My Librarian
    We have a librarian (Liaison Librarian; My Librarian) assigned to each academic department. The Liaison Librarian facilitates communication between the teaching faculty and the Library, as well as helps faculty with research or library instruction needs. Find your Liaison Librarian.
  5. Schedule a Library Research Workshop for Your Class
    Morris Library offers instruction, tours, and customized online materials designed to teach students about information access, evaluation, and use either in general or integrated with course content. Schedule with your Liaison Librarian or online.
  6. Stop by the Information Desk and SalukiTech for Help with Research or Technology
    Highly-trained library faculty and staff assist with information and research questions while SalukiTech staff help with SIU accounts and configure and troubleshoot personal devices. Visit Ask a Librarian for research help from anywhere.
  7. Borrow from Another Library
    If we don’t have a published item you need, we will obtain it from another library, but you will need two different accounts: I-Share (Illinois system to retrieve books from 82 different libraries within two days) and Interlibrary Loan (international system to obtain articles, media, and books). Use I-Share to request books and Interlibrary Loan to request articles. View our instructions for creating these online accounts.
  8. Use the Library in Your SIU Online Course
    Empower your students to quickly access library materials and connect with a research expert from anywhere. If you are using SIU Online, encourage your students to use the library resources embedded within your course shell. If they need additional help, they can always chat, call, or email a librarian through the “Ask A Librarian” link.
  9. Escape to the Faculty Research Room
    The Library has reserved Room 580A for faculty to drop in and work on research or writing projects in peace and quiet. Just stop by the Circulation Desk for the key. You may reserve a Faculty Research Room for up to one semester if you need to use many library materials or have an extended research project.
  10. Take Advantage of the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)
    SCRC collects and preserves unique and rare historical materials in selected subject areas including Southern Illinois history, rare books, manuscripts, and SIU archives. Special collections of note include American philosophy, First Amendment freedoms, American and British Twentieth century literature and theatre, and political papers. SCRC faculty and staff assist with integrating primary source material into courses and provide class sessions on using these unique materials.
  11. Submit Your Publications to OpenSIUC or Obtain Funding to Publish in Open Access Journals
    Morris Library offers an institutional repository where you can publish your research and scholarly materials for free, which increases their visibility and use. Through the COPE Fund, Morris Library finances the fees to publish your research article in an Open Access journal.
  12. Learn about Copyright and Intellectual Property
    Librarians maintain an online guide that provides accurate, up-to-date information about copyright, intellectual property, plagiarism, and other related topics.
  13. Get Information about Citation Management
    Visit the Library’s online guides to the common citation management systems such as Zotero and EndNoteWeb.
  14. Tell Your Students About the Other (non-library) Services in Morris Library
    Several departments useful to faculty and students are strategically located in Morris Library: the Honors Program, Writing Center, Math Lab, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Delyte’s Café offers Seattle’s Best Coffee beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and other foods.
  15. Anticipate new Academic Support Services Coming to Morris Library in Early 2014
    The 6th floor will open in spring 2014 with a new integrated math education model that includes classrooms and labs with support. Learning Support Services and the Testing Lab will move into exciting new space on the 7th floor. Both floors will feature flexible classrooms and study spaces where students can work together collaboratively. Details in the What’s New in Morris Library Fall 2013 publication.