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Explore More Faculty Services

This guide provides an introduction for new and current faculty to the services available in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Course Reserves

The Library's Reserve Program allows faculty to identify materials for which the Library should provide controlled access during the semester.  Reserves are limited to curriculum required print and non-print materials that are in the collection or eligible for addition to the collection. The Library provides several means of reserving access to materials for courses:

  • Place items held in the circulating collection on reserve at the Circulation Desk
  • Place a faculty members personal item on reserve at the Circulation Desk
  • Place a copy, provided by the faculty member, on reserve at the Circulation Desk
  • Create a reserve record linking to content hosted in a database licensed by the library

There are several pre-­defined options for the circulation period of items placed on reserve, and faculty can choose from these the most appropriate loan period for their curricular needs.

Canvas Modules

As you are planning your coursework, you may choose to have a librarian embed into your class within Canvas, the campus course management system.  The librarians are also happy to develop individualized pre- and post- tests or other information literacy quizzes and modules that will enhance student learning outcomes.  In addition, you may choose to add our research, course or topic guides into your Canvas site.  Please feel to reach out to us if you are interested in working with the librarians and the Digital Learning Team to make the best use of resources available to you.

Instruction Menu

In support of the Colleges' goals, you may choose to request instruction from the librarians.  Whether you want your students to better understand the research process, or want to help them navigate our scholarly research databases, the librarians are prepared to tailor a library session to your outcomes.  Please consult our instruction menu.

Colleges' Archives

The Warren Hunting Smith Library has a devoted College Archivist.  If you are interested in incorporating primary source material into your classroom instruction or have an assignment that focuses on the history of the Colleges, please contact our Archives & Special Collections.

Databases as a Teaching Strategy

Many of our databases have built in pathways to teaching with their resources.  These can be called anything from essays, topic guides, lesson plans and timelines to thematic areas, units, case studies, curriculum guides & curated collections. They are meant to illuminate the breadth of resources presented to you. 

ARTstor Example:

> Select ARTstor on the databases A-Z list.
> In the bottom left corner you will find a section devoted to Teaching Resources
> Select Curriculum Guides
> Select Architecture & Built Environment from the list on the left
> Navigate down the list to: Architecture & Urbanism Section 18. The Gothic Cathedral

If you would like assistance with using the library's databases in your teaching, please make an appointment with one of the librarians here.

Purchase Requests

The Library is able to procure resources on your behalf on a case by case basis, with the priority being the facilitation of teaching and research. The Library does not provide textbook materials.  Please read through our Guide to Collections and Services before making a purchase request.

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Emily Underwood

Research and Instruction Librarian

Janell Bekauri

Technical Services Librarian

Tricia McEldowney

College Archivist

Sara Greenleaf

Associate Librarian for Collection Services

Warren Hunting Smith Library

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Jennifer Nace

Assistant Librarian for Research Services

Vince Boisselle

College Librarian