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Faculty and Staff Library Resources and Services

This guide gathers resources to assist faculty and staff in using Western's library tools, resources, and services.

Your Library is here to help!


Learn more
by browsing the links
on the left!

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We have a guide specifically tailored to our digital resources. Click the image to go there instead.

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Library for Faculty

Western Librarians are resources for faculty too!

Ellen and Linda (profiles on the left) are your librarians at Western. They are always happy to collaborate with and assist Western faculty and staff. After all, they are your librarians too! 

This guide offers an introduction to some of the ways you can collaborate with us (we've also listed some ideas below). If you don't see what you need or still have questions, just ask a librarian!

Here are a few ideas for faculty:

  • Consult with a librarian to work information literacy skills into your research lessons and assignments
  • Bring your class to the Learning Commons for a library instruction session tailored to your course and students
  • Embed a librarian in your Blackboard course(s)
  • Request a custom research guide
  • Add your textbook to the course reserves available in the Learning Commons
  • Link directly to databases, articles, or other library resources within your Blackboard courses
  • Find Open Educational Resources (OER) for your courses and content
  • Borrow materials from the library collection or request materials from other libraries through interlibrary loan
  • Suggest a purchase for the library collection
  • Request assistance with your own research and professional development
  • Understand copyright and fair use


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Getting Started at the Western Library

The guides linked below offer a general introduction to using Western Library resources for reading and research. They are a good introduction for new faculty and staff, but can be a refresher course for anyone!

These guides can also help students familiarize themselves with the many resources available to them via the Western Library. Please feel free to include these (or any other) guides in your Blackboard courses, if it is appropriate to your content. If you're hoping for something more specific, we invite you to request a custom research guide or reach out to us to schedule class instruction.

Research Assignment / Syllabus Statements

Does your course require students to do research? Remind them that their library is here to help! Feel free to use or adapt the following statement for your syllabus, Blackboard course, or assignment sheets. 

Library Resources / Ask a Librarian

Need credible sources but don't know where to start? Searching for a book, video, or article to support your argument? Your Library provides 24/7 access to books, databases, research guides and more at The Library 101 Guide provides a general introduction to using the library and is a great place to start. Still feeling overwhelmed by research and wish someone could help you navigate? Ask a librarian!

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