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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 [PDF] 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 accommodate 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 Academic Excellence.

Streaming Videos and Classroom Video Showings

The library subscribes to streaming film services such as Films on Demand and Kanopy Streaming, which contains thousands of academic films and videos that can be watched online or embedded into D2L course sites. Check out our streaming film guide for more information.

If you wish to stream a film online that is not contained within the collections above, please contact us and we can try to assist you. If you want to stream a portion of a film we can work with the Center for Online Learning to accommodate your request.

To search for all the videos we own, both streaming or as a physical DVD, search our library catalog and then use the links on the right to select Format and then Videorecording. To book a DVD to show in class on a certain date, please use the video booking form.


Faculty are required to comply with the Fair Use guidelines and the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

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 when needed. To obtain copyright permission, complete this Source Information Form [PDF] and sent it by email to ereserves.metro@metrostate.edu 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, Dr. Chris Schafer, Dean, Library and Information Services, with questions that you have about copyright. Please note that you generally 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, are under a Creative Commons license, or that fall under academic fair use guidelines.

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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 consult this guide for information about setting up an account and learning how to use the software.

INFS 115

The faculty librarians at Metropolitan State University teach multiple sections of Information Studies 115 each semester. Students earn two GELS credits for the eight week course that covers the basics of library research, source evaluation, critical thinking, Web searching, and citations. Students who take this course perform better in other academic courses.


Physical Reserves

Physical Reserves are items held in the library for students to use within the building. 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. Please use this request form.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic Reserves at Metropolitan State University allow materials to be accessed online by students if you do not use another online site like D2L. You can put articles and book chapters online for your students to access. Your students can be directed to the E-Reserves portal 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 at ereserves.metro@metrostate.edu

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 [PDF].

Finding book reviews

Choice Online is the premier source for reviews of academic books.

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 card request form [PDF], 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.

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