- Liaisons/Librarian Contacts
- Information Commons at the St. Paul library
- Streaming Videos and Classroom Showings
- Plagiarism Detection
- Suggesting Books and Videos for Library Purchase
- University of Minnesota Borrowing Privileges
Library Liaisons and Classroom Instruction
The librarians at Metropolitan State each work directly with faculty. While you can always contact anyone at the library for information and assistance, you are encouraged to find the librarian who is the liaison to your department. You can call or email your liaison for assistance, request library handouts, request specialized course pages, and more. The librarians may be able to provide in-class presentations or instruction for your courses, although we now limit this to only specific research courses within each major.
Information Commons at the St. Paul Library
The St Paul library has numerous resources to facilitate research, collaboration, and studying by students and faculty. The library has computers, laptops, cameras, scanners, photocopiers, private study rooms and a number of study spaces to accomodate needs for quiet spaces or group collaboration. Our Information Commons Associates at the first floor desk provide expert assistance on computers and computer software, and our librarians and library staff provide information and assistance with research. The library also is the home to the Center for Teaching and Learning and Center for Academic Excellence.
Streaming Videos and Classroom Video Showings
The library subscribes to Films on Demand, a resource that contains over 6,000 academic films and videos that can be watched online. You can search the Films on Demand catalog to find videos to stream or to embed into your online course site. Please email library services if you need assistance embedding the videos, or view this guide.
The library currently lacks the capacity to purchase or negotiate licenses for individual streaming videos that are not part of the Films on Demand collection, except under extraordinary circumstances. In some situations the Center for Online Learning can create streaming videos of portions of DVDs. Please see the next section (below) for more information regarding copyright and Fair Use.
To search for all the videos we own, both streaming or as a physical DVD or VHS, search our library catalog and then use the links on the left to select Format and then Videorecording. To book a DVD or VHS tape to show in class on a certain date, please use the video booking form.
How the library can help:
The librarians can help you determine if you need to request copyright permission for something you wish to use in class, and can assist you with obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials for classroom purposes. To obtain copyright permission, complete this Source Information Form and sent it by email to E-Reserves to obtain copyright clearance for items that you wish to use in your class. You are also encouraged to contact the university intellectual Property Coordinator, Bruce Willms, Acting Dean, Library and Information Services with questions that you have about copyright. Please note that you do not need to request copyright permission for library database articles if you create a static link to them, nor do you need to request permission for items in the public domain or under a creative commons license.
- The librarians at Metropolitan State University have developed this guide to copyright, the public domain, and creative commons.
- MNSCU has developed an intellectual property website and a Fair Use Checklist to guide faculty on issues related to intellectual property and copyright.
- The University of Minnesota has an informative Copyright Information; Resources website, with a useful Copyright Decision Map tool.
The librarians offer advice and consultation on handling plagiarism issues. We also subscribe to Turnitin, a software program that helps faculty to identify plagiarism. Please email us for information on setting up an account. The Turnitin website offers training videos for use of the software.
The faculty librarians at Metropolitan State University teach multiple sections of Information Studies 115 each semester. We request all faculty and advisors to encourage their students to take this course as early as possible in their academic careers. This basic grounding in academic research and resources should prove beneficial in other courses and reduce or eliminate the time other faculty must spend on this type of instruction. Students earn two GELS credits for the seven week course.
Physical Reserves are items held in the library for students to use on site. Supplemental or required articles, books, book chapters, videos, and more can be kept at our library circulation desk for your students to use in the library throughout the semester. You may also choose to put articles and book chapters on e-reserves, which would make them available online.
Electronic Reserves at Metropolitan State University allow materials to be accessed online by students. You can put articles and book chapters online for your students to access. Your students can be directed to E-Reserves on our website, where they will enter the course password you have provided to them. To set up an account, contact our E-Reserves staff.
Suggesting Books and Videos for Library Purchase
As faculty, you may request that the library order an item for our library collection. You may submit your requests directly using this online form. If you prefer, you may also submit your orders over email or through interoffice mail directly to your library liaison. For our complete guidelines as to what the librarians generally purchase for the library, we have a collection development policy.
Finding book reviews
Choice Online is the premier materials reviewing tool for academic libraries. Choice reviews significant current books and electronic resources of interest to those in higher education. Each year Choice publishes more than 6,500 reviews by subject experts. Both resident and community faculty have access to Choice Reviews Online.
BooksInPrint is another resource to find reviews of books, as well as information about titles, authors and publishers.
University of Minnesota Borrowing Privileges
In addition to our regular Interlibrary Loan Service, you can also acquire material from the University of Minnesota Libraries by applying for a U of MN borrowing card. Complete this form, and then have a library staff member sign the form, verifying that you are faculty. Then take the form to Wilson Library at the University of Minnesota. Be sure to let them know that you are faculty, so that you will get the extended year long borrowers card.