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 13 of our favorites.

  1. Start from the website just for faculty
    We've developed a webpage, https://lib.siu.edu/services/faculty-services.php, with all the tips and links you need to get started at Morris Library or find all our resources from our homepage at https://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 account form at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

    3. 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 instruction at https://lib.siu.edu/services/library-instruction.php.

    4. 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 https://www.lib.siu.edu/services/ask-a-librarian.php for research help from anywhere.

    5. Borrow from another library
    If we don't have a published item you need, we will obtain it from another library at no charge to you, but you will need two different accounts: I-Share (Illinois' system to retrieve books from 90+ different libraries) and Interlibrary Loan (international system to obtain articles, media, and books). Use I-Share to request books and Interlibrary Loan to request articles. For more information go to https://www.lib.siu.edu/help/other-libraries.php.

    6. Add the library to 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: https://www.lib.siu.edu/services/ask-a-librarian.php.

    7. 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 research room for up to one semester if you need to use many library materials or have an extended research project. Visit  https://www.lib.siu.edu/facilities/research-rooms.php to apply.

    8. 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. Visit the website at https://scrc.siu.edu/.

    9. 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, researchers can apply for financial support to cover fees to publish your research article in an Open Access journal. OpenSIUC is found at http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu and the COPE Fund at https://lib.siu.edu/services/cope.php.

    10. 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. See http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/copyright for more information.

    11. Get information about citation management
    Visit the Library's online guides to the common citation management systems such as Zotero and EndNote. Help can be found at http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/zotero and http://libguides.lib.siu.edu/endnotedesktop. We also have a subscription to EndNote Desktop which can be requested through SalukiTech at https://oit.siu.edu/salukitech/software/.

    12. Tell your students about the other services in Morris Library
    Several departments useful to faculty and students are strategically located in Morris Library: Math Central, the Tutoring Center, Testing Services, the Writing Center, SalukiTech, the Honors Program, Family-Friendly Study Room, Lactation Room, Geospatial Resources, and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Delyte's Café offers delicious beverages, snacks, sandwiches, and other foods.

    13. Visit the 6th and 7th floors
    The 6th and 7th floors feature collaborative and technology-enhanced tables along with lots of glass to write on, natural light, and movable seating for productivity by students and faculty alike. Meet with students where you can help them dynamically or send your students to work together on group projects.