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Further changes to library services

In light of  Governor Baker’s 3/23/2020 order to “minimize all unnecessary activities outside of the home during the state of emergency”, in order  to mitigate the spread of the virus and  for the safety of our staff:

  • the library will cease retrieving and scanning materials on Thursday 3/26 at 2pm.
  • the last service day is Thursday 3/26 10am-2pm. Requests will be accepted until noon on Thursday 3/26.
  • faculty will continue to be able to borrow A/V equipment  through appointment only (with a 24H advance notice and a maximum loan period of three-days non-renewable). Contact  Nadine Nance, Head of Access Services with equipment requests.

We will review this decision ahead of April 7th (ending date of the Governor’s order) to decide how to best support the second half of the spring semester.

The library’s online resources (e-books, e-journals, streaming databases) remain available. In addition, we will continue our ongoing efforts to expand access to electronic materials by purchasing access to e-books, sharing freely available resources offered by publishers, lobbying vendors to open up e-book collections, and investing in digitization efforts like those of the HathiTrust.

For questions about access to materials in Archives or Chapin Library, please contact the Special Collections team.

As access to resources fluctuates, you may need to rethink the type of materials you wish to use. Librarians are available to discuss alternative digital sources (through and beyond the library) and to brainstorm ways of integrating those in newly revised syllabi and/or restructured research projects. To speak with a librarian, use the Ask A Librarian service or contact your liaison librarian.

Faculty might find it helpful to join in the ongoing discussions on the Glow Remote Instruction Faculty Forum, an excellent place to connect with  colleagues also in the process of adjusting syllabi and assignments.

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