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For the health and safety of the campus community, the University Library buildings will be closed during the shelter-in-place order. However, all Library services, including research support, tutoring, information literacy instruction, article databases, ebooks, and streaming video, will remain available online.

For updates about the campus response to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.csueastbay.edu/coronavirus-information/index.html

Course Materials: Increase Your Students' Success by Using Online Course Materials!

Online course content helps students succeed, and we're working all summer to help you get ready for Fall. Contact your subject specialist librarian by email or make a consultation appointment for additional online support for designing your course and using Library resources, including free or low-cost OER materials! If you’re not sure who to contact, email the Information Studies department chair, Kyzyl Fenno-Smith (kyzyl.fenno-smith@csueastbay.edu).

Please consider revisiting your textbook selections for Fall 2020 if your textbook is only available in print. Due to the campus pandemic response, print Reserves (which many students rely on to access their textbooks) will be unavailable through Summer and Fall 2020. Also keep in mind that not all course materials (including textbooks and films) are available online, and some online and streaming content is prohibitively expensive in context of the library budget or the publisher will not allow the library to purchase it. If you aren't sure whether your textbook is available in an online format, please contact your subject specialist librarian.

To see if your textbook is available as an ebook in the Library collection, search by title under the Books tab on the Library website.

To see the most updated information about textbooks, go to http://csueastbay.libanswers.com/faq/291385

Information Literacy Instruction

Information literacy instruction will be fully online for Fall 2020, including class visits (we do Zoom!) and asynchronous tutorials. Contact your subject specialist librarian to discuss the options.

Sessions can be designed to meet the library research requirements of a particular course or to assist with a special library assignment. Librarians are also available to consult with the course instructor in the preparation of course-specific library assignments.

Instruction topics can include:

  • Choosing or refining a topic
  • Searching for information on a topic
  • Understanding the different types of information, including peer review, and how they fit together
  • Evaluating sources
  • Information ethics, including citing sources
  • And more!

Chat reference & research consultations

We provide fully online, 24-7 chat reference service as well as bookable research consultations with your subject specialist librarian at https://library.csueastbay.edu/usingthelibraries/ask-us. Chat reference is also embedded within the library website for point-of-need assistance.

Budget considerations

Students are profoundly impacted by the shift to online education and developing economic upheaval. The University Libraries are committed to meeting students' information and research needs while helping them persist and succeed academically. The University expects budget cuts and a worsening outlook for at least the next two budget cycles. The more we can use existing or free resources the more students we can serve.

Contact your subject specialist librarian to discuss low- and zero-cost course materials solutions through the Affordable Learning Solutions program.

Online tutoring

For information about online tutoring, visit the SCAA website at http://scaa.csueastbay.edu.

Learning Commons online

For information about the Learning Commons, visit https://library.csueastbay.edu/usingthelibraries/learning-commons.