Going Online with the Kathryn A. Martin Library

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March 12, 2020

The Library offers a list of resources and information to help in the transition to online-only courses. 

The UMD campus has extended its spring break to March 17 and will move courses online for the remainder of the semester. We have suspended our face-to-face services and our building is closed to the public. Our goal is to help you receive the resources and services you need to be successful during this challenging time. 

Below are some of the questions you might be thinking about. We welcome additional inquiries via email or phone.  

General Questions 

Is the library still open?

Beginning March 16, the Library is suspending face-to-face services and the building will not be available to the public. Check back here for further updates. 

Renewals & Fines

The due date for materials currently checked out from any University of Minnesota library has been extended indefinitely.  This change will be in place until the University resumes normal class schedules. This suspends fines for late materials from being added to users accounts.

What about library events?

We will re-evaluate upcoming events based on guidance by the UMD campus and the University of Minnesota system. Check our home page for updates and cancellations of events.

How can I get research help while classes are online only? 

Librarians provide online help with your research, including developing keywords, choosing a place to search, and searching for sources. Contact your subject liaison librarian via email or phone, or make an appointment for a consultation via Zoom or Google Hangouts. 

You can also contact our AskUs Service 24/7.

I cannot connect to a library database...

Most Off-campus access to library resources can be solved by using our listing of databases, indexes, and resources. Researchers will be prompted to sign in with their UMD Credentials.  Visit our connecting from off-campus page for troublehooting assistance.

I need a book…

The library has suspended face-to-face services and the building is closed. However, you can browse our catalog for digital resources. We are unable to process GetIt requests. Interlibrary loan requests will continue to be processed.  We anticipate that articles and book chapters that can be delivered electronically will continue to be provided.

I need an article...

You can explore our listing of databases and indexes. The listing can be sorted into subject-specific categories.

You can also use the Articles & Books tab of the Library webpage to search our extensive collection of articles, ebooks, and government documents.

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If we don’t have the article you need, you can submit an interlibrary loan request.  

What archives materials are available to me?

Here is a list of digitized materials available online from the UMD Archives and Special Collections: UMD Archives & Special Collections Online ResourcesPlease contact us with questions at libarchives@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8526.

How can I get help from the Tutoring Center and Writers' Workshop?

Even though the campus has suspended all face-to-face interactions and courses have moved online, the awesome staff at the Tutoring Center and Writers' Workshop are available to help!  Beginning March 23, online appointments with an undergraduate peer tutor or a professional writing consultant can be made by visiting our online scheduling system, WCOnline.  

For Faculty

I want to include library/information literacy instruction in my course. Can this be done virtually?

Yes! Contact your liaison librarian to make a plan together.

Faculty who are interested in incorporating library resources into their online courses should consult our Library Course Page webpage which has instructions and sources for assistance. Faculty can also consult our Online Resource Research Guide.

Does the library have an ebook of my textbook?

The Library may have purchased a digital copy of your textbook:

  • Check our e-textbook listing.

  • Does your course have a Canvas page? You can visit the Library Course Pages link in Canvas. If a title required for your course has been purchased it will be available via the Library Course Pages link located in the left-hand navigation menu.

  • Search our library catalog for the title.

Faculty who are interested in requesting the Library purchase an e-book title can reach out to their subject liaison librarian.  

Library Course Pages in Canvas

In Spring 2020, the Kathryn A. Martin Library launched the Library Course Pages initiative. This project integrated the Libraries Research and Subject Guides and Course Reserves into every Canvas course. You can find the link in the left-hand navigation pane of Canvas.

Research and Subject Guides are library-curated resources and guidance for diving into research for a research project or major.

What about copyright and fair use?

Instructors who have questions and concerns about fair use in online courses have a couple of options…

Consult our Fair Use guide developed by the University of Minnesota Libraries

Reach out to our Scholarly Communications Librarian, Jodi Carlson Grebinoski (jlcarlso@d.umn.edu; 218-726-7880)

What if my students can’t get to their textbook?

Many textbook publishers are providing free access to their content during this crisis. First, check with your textbook publisher or these sources. If your textbook isn’t available via this manner, you can scan the amounts needed for your students to complete their course. Check this website for more guidance, including this advice: Copying portions of works to share with students will often be fair use, and at times (especially in unusual circumstances, or with works that aren't otherwise commercially available) it may even be fair use to make lengthier copies.

University of Minnesota policy affirms that it is an instructors right and responsibility to make their own decisions about when they think they can make copies for students. Libraries staff members can help you understand the relevant issues, and the University will back up instructors making informed and reasonable decisions on these issues. For assistance in making decisions about fair use, please contact UMD Scholarly Communications Librarian Jodi Carlson Grebinoski. Due to the library being closed, we are unfortunately unable to provide scanning services.

What did we miss in our FAQ?

The Kathryn A. Martin Library strives to support our entire community during this challenging time. This FAQ may not contain all questions and answers that you are pondering on. Please contact us via phone at 218-726-8102 or email us at lib@d.umn.edu