Optimizing Library Resources for Online Students at Purdue University Calumet
How did you get involved with providing library support for online courses?PUC created a new distance learning librarian position, reference librarian for educational partnerships, to assist the students enrolled in the AP programs. I was hired into this position in 2011, and I serve as the primary library contact for our AP students.
I create online library research guides (LibGuides) for individual courses that involve research or library use. I communicate with faculty about areas where students could use additional help and regularly add information to the LibGuides.
For example, on one of my LibGuides I created extensive information on primary and secondary sources with examples and tips on how to distinguish between the two as required by an assignment.
In the LibGuides, I prepare videos demonstrating how to search library databases and eliminate sources that are not appropriate for assignments. Faculty members communicate to me articles they assign in courses so I can add links to these articles on the LibGuides.
How do you provide support for online faculty?
View one of Schoop’s LibGuides that shows Nursing 18200 students how to access library resources for a writing assignment.Additionally, I provide support for the overall function of the AP RN-to-BSN program by overseeing the library portion of the new student orientation, grading and providing feedback on the library assignment that students submit.