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New Faculty Guide to ZSR Library: Home

Fall 2020

Library Events for New Faculty

10 Things New Faculty Should Know about ZSR Library

1. Your library liaison is your first point of contact! Get in touch with your liaison to request research instruction for your course and materials for your research and/or teaching. Liaisons are also available to consult on research assignments and faculty research projects. Your liaison can also connect you to other resources available through the library or on campus. Feel free to reach out to your liaison with questions about anything on this page. Looking for resources in your discipline? We probably have a research guide for it! [Note: For Fall 2020 we are prioritizing purchasing online materials needed for teaching current courses. Contact your liaison for more information.]

2. Your DeaconOne Card is also your library card. Faculty can check out most books for up to 1 year, with no limit on the number of books checked out.

3. Primo is our new search interface for locating materials held by the library either physically or online. Primo is also where you'll access your library account. Sign up to attend one of our virtual Primo workshops, watch the Primo videos on the ZSR YouTube Channel, or contact your liaison to set up an individual session or ask specific questions. 

4. Use ZSR Delivers to request physical materials from our collection (both in ZSR and our offsite storage facility) for delivery. Since office delivery is not being offered this academic year, after you place your request, you will receive an email  that tells you when, where, and how to pick up your item(s). We will be using contactless pickup systems including lockers in the 24-hour study room at the front of the building.  

5. Interlibrary Loan enables you to request materials not held by ZSR. Articles typically take 1-3 days to arrive, while books and other physical items can take 1-2 weeks. 

6. Have materials that you would like to place on course reserve? Log in to see your classes and complete the request form, and we will take care of the rest, including scanning and copyright compliance. [Note: For Fall 2020 we are only doing online course reserves. Contact your liaison or with any questions.] If you plan to share materials with students yourself, make sure to check out this guide on how to make course readings available to your students online

7. Assigning a research assignment? Your liaison can work with you on a customized research instruction session for your course and is also available to consult on assignment design and available resources. Liaisons can also create a customized course guide for your class, either as a stand-alone resource or in conjunction with a research instruction session. Liaisons are also available for individual research consultations with students. Contact your liaison to discuss the best format for your class! [Note: For Fall 2020 we are only offering virtual research instruction and individual consultations.]

8. Do you know about DISC (Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication)? Whether you have a work in progress or just an idea, this specialized team provides support for copyright, digital humanities, digital pedagogy and open education, research data management, and more. DISC is also a resource for support for online teaching and learning. 

9. Our Special Collections and Archives (SCA) department has a wide collection of rare books, manuscripts, and other materials, as well as the University Archives. SCA also has a wide range of Digital Collections that are available for use in research and teaching. Contact about developing assignments around our collections and/or scheduling a session for your class. [Note: For Fall 2020 SCA is only offering virtual research instruction and individual consultations.]

10. If you're planning to use multimedia in your course, ZSR provides access to multiple sources for streaming video and audio that are licensed for classroom use. Contact your liaison with questions about how to include these in your course or visit our guide to teaching films online

Liaison Librarians

ZSR Library Liaisons are assigned to each academic department and most interdisciplinary programs. Liaisons are available to support you in your research and teaching, from individual research consultations with students and faculty to classroom visits to acquiring materials. Find your library liaison here or email Kathy Shields at with questions. 

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