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FACULTY: EMBEDDED LIBRARIANS

 

Embedding a librarian in your D2L class is more important than ever in the age of COVID-19 and online instruction: many of your students won't ever step foot in the library or receive face-to-face library instruction with a librarian.

Read on to learn what librarians can do in your D2L classes and how to add a librarian to your class.

WHAT CAN AN EMBEDDED LIBRARIAN DO?

There is a range of collaboration opportunities with an embedded librarian:

Embedded librarians can:

  • Introduce themselves to students as their personal class librarian 
  • Create a module and embed links and resources to help students achieve course objectives
  • Answer student questions via discussion board and email
  • Send Announcements about upcoming library programs or timely resources
  • Hold virtual office hours or attend class WebEx meetings 
  • Create and grade assignments
  • Embed and administer the library's new misinformation tutorial, "Fighting the COVID-19 Infodemic: Four Moves to Find Reliable Sources"

 

Some of the benefits of adding a librarian in D2L are:

  • Reaching distance learners more effectively with librarian assistance and library resources
  • Lowering barriers to student / librarian communication 
  • Lessening library anxiety and increasing confidence in research skills 
  • Developing student awareness and use of library resources 
  • Providing recommended resources and research tips at the point of need

HOW TO EMBED A LIBRARIAN IN YOUR D2L PAGE

To get started with embedding a librarian:

Fill out our online course support request form, or talk to a librarian.

Consider:

  • ​Lead time needed for a librarian to develop content for your class.
  • Teaching Assistant vs Faculty role:
    • Librarians with a Teaching Assistant role don't see students' grades. While TAs can add content, they are limited in the kinds of content they can create (like discussion boards and quizzes). 

    • Librarians with a Faculty role have all the same abilities as the teaching faculty, and can add any type of content, including discussion boards and quizzes. Librarians have a lot more flexibility in a Faculty role and will always safeguard your students' privacy, so please add Librarians as Faculty to your D2L course. 

After discussing your class needs with a librarian, add them to your D2L page. This page in VTAC support explains how: https://vtac.lonestar.edu/help/a136

  1. Log in to VTAC Support area in D2L

  2. In the Self-Service column, under User Access, select ‘Add a User to Your Section.’ Select term, course, and access level. 

  3. Enter username or employee ID# of librarian to search and select their name.

The librarian should see your course once they've logged in to their D2L page.  

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