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Library Services During Remote Operations Guide: For Faculty

Course Reserves

Because the library buildings will be closed, we will provide only quarter-long checkouts of classroom materials.

  • Fill out this form to put materials on course reserve.
  • To locate distribution dates for library materials, see the checkout scheduler.
  • We will have different distribution dates for BEDA programs to coincide with their start of the quarter.

For information, steps, and tutorials related to incorporating library resources and freely-licensed open educational resources (OER) into your course, see the Library Module of the Online Excellence Canvas course

Need some online fiction reading?

Library instruction

Librarians provide the following instruction during remote operations. To request instruction, please complete this form. We highly recommend faculty offer online library instruction materials prior to scheduling a session with a librarian to prepare and scaffold student learning.

 (Links to an external site.)**NOTE: These modules replace the library's SKILL Tutorial, which is no longer available.**

  • Tutorials in the form of short how-to videos for students on how to use the various library tools. Contact a librarian at if you would like to request specific content.  (Links to an external site.)

Creating successful research assignments

See SVC Libraries' Guide to Creating Successful Research Assignments!

Librarians are available to workshop, collaborate, and TiLT your research assignments to help students succeed. Email

Need to show a film?

Need to show a film?

Free or materials

Streaming materials 

During remote operations, the library has licensing agreements with Swank Digital Campus and Kanopy for streaming video. Please contact a librarian if you would like to order a title from these services.

  • Kanopy - Free streaming of some content. Click link on left to view catalog. 
  • Swank Digital Campus - Click link on left to search catalog.

Copyright during COVID

Moving course materials online

SVC Librarians are available to consult with you about transitioning your course materials to an online format. We are proficient in copyright law, fair use, open licensing, and mapping materials to course outcomes.

Copyright resources:

  1. Full SVC Copyright Guide
  2. Fair Use Evaluator Tool
  3. Washington Attorney General statement on copyright during COVID
  4. "Yes you can scan that textbook" webinar & slides 
  5. Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

Temporarily free course materials

Many vendors of subscription materials are making content free during the pandemic. Search the various journal, textbook, and video repositories for course materials. Note these materials may not remain free once the health crisis eases, but the libraries will do what we can to work with you to sustain access. If you have any questions, please contact us at

  1. The short list (must be logged into Canvas and a student in the Online Excellence course)
  2. The long list

Openly licensed course materials (free forever)

Open educational resources (OER) are always free! If you're working to transition or rebuilt your class online and you want to use materials that you can keep forever, search for OER, which are openly licensed. Your librarians can assist with understanding, finding, using, and modifying OER.

  1. SVC OER Intro Guide
  2. SVC OER Resource Guide

Search the library for course materials

You can link to library resources in your course. See the Library Module in the Online Excellence Canvas Course to learn how to:

  • Add permalinks to Canvas
  • Create custom clips in AVON Academic Video
  • Find & import library Canvas tutorials into your online courses
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