Virtual Instruction Support

Information about how the library can support faculty and staff during the transition to virtual instruction.

Library services for Faculty

The library staff may be geographically distributed right now, but we are eager to support our faculty, students and staff. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned librarian or email library@wlu.edu to inquire how the library can meet your needs.

Digital Library Services:

  • eBooks – The library can determine if editions are available for your classes.
  • Videos – The library can determine if streaming rights are available on videos you would like to use in class.
  • Scans – If eBooks are not available, the library can scan chapters of books in the collection to post on Canvas.
  • Interlibrary Loan – Articles and book chapters are still available for digital delivery, but shipping of physical items has been suspended.
  • Carry-out services – If you need items from our collection, send citations and call numbers to library@wlu.edu and items will be available for pickup within 24-48 hours (weekdays). Requestors will be contacted when items are available.
    • Starting Monday, March 30, physical outdoor book pickup will be available daily from 10 am to noon, Monday-Friday.
    • Faculty/Staff will pick up materials near Leyburn Library's exterior book drop, near the colonnade facing entrance.
  • Special Collections – Special Collections remains available to faculty and staff by appointment; contact Tom Camden (camdent@wlu.edu) to schedule one. Scans are an option if you wish to use Special Collections materials in your classes.
  • Chat Reference – A Chat Reference service will be available when classes resume on March 30 for on-demand, online research support.
  • LibGuides – On request, librarians can embed the specialized subject guides they produce in your Canvas courses. Contact your assigned librarian or email library@wlu.edu to have a specialized LibGuides subject guide created for your class and embedded in your Canvas course.
  • Free publisher and database resources – Librarian Kaci Resau has curated a list of academic resources temporarily offered free of charge to assist in the transition to online learning. W&L faculty may access these ebook, etextbook, journal, and streaming media resources at https://libguides.wlu.edu/az.php?s=183117.
  • Streaming Services – The library subscribes to a variety of streaming services faculty can use in their media-rich classes.  If you wish to stream content from a vendor not listed below, contact your assigned librarian or email library@wlu.edu to initiate an investigation of availability.

In short, contact the library about what you need, and library staff will do their best to accommodate.