Libraries Course Reserves – Spring 2021

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 11/19/2020

UGA Libraries will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for spring semester, with some changes due to the continuing COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by December 11 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of Spring Semester classes, January 13.

The Libraries encourage instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also position faculty for greater flexibility with hybrid, asynchronous, or online instruction and ensure that students can access materials on time, as physical materials must be quarantined between uses.

As faculty members prepare their spring course syllabi, UGA librarians can aid in the preparation of supplemental materials. Faculty members can request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles and book chapters, or consult with research and instruction librarians in their subject area to consider alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see the Copyright and Fair Use Statement or contact Mariann Samuel at mariann@uga.edu.

For faculty members who wish to reserve physical course materials to be held within a library location, options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan period. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after each use.

Physical course reserves may be circulated from any of the following locations: Main Library; Science Library; Curriculum Materials Library-Aderhold Hall; Veterinary Medicine Reading Room-main campus CVM building; Music Library-Hugh Hodgson School of Music; Art Library-Lamar Dodd School of Art; Carnegie Library Learning Center- Health Sciences Campus.

To request electronic or physical course reserve materials, complete the online form at http://www.libs.uga.edu/contact/course_reserves_form.

For streaming or physical media reserves, please contact the Media Desk at mediadep@uga.edu.

For questions about course reserves, contact Ben Lawrence at mainresv@uga.edu (Main Library) or Brenda Robbins at sciresv@uga.edu(Science Library).

UGA Libraries Serving Students, Faculty Online and In Person Through End of Fall Semester

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 11/12/2020

Students and faculty in the University of Georgia community can continue to take advantage of library services after the Thanksgiving transition to online classes, whether in Athens or at home in another state.

In addition to online resources and virtual consultations with librarians and archivists, library facilities, including the Miller Learning Center, will remain available to students, faculty, staff, and the community through the remainder of the year and into the spring semester.

“The Libraries are here for UGA students and faculty during the critical finals season, whether they remain on campus or not.” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “For remote help, our librarians are available to assist with research via our online chat and Zoom sessions, and students and faculty can access digital journals and e-books through our website.”

Students can learn more about how to navigate library resources virtually in a free webinar, co-hosted by the Office of Online Learning. During the session, slated for 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, librarians will discuss services for distance learners, how to navigate ebooks and other resources, including Google Scholar, and answer questions. To register, go to https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpcuyoqTwsH9ZmaPN8hqna0gTpLexB2nFr.

Because many students are expected to finish the semester remotely, book due dates have been extended to Jan. 15, although Graham encourages people who no longer need the materials to return them.

All library locations, including the Main and Science Libraries, will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 and remain closed through Saturday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Libraries will reopen on Sunday, Nov, 29 and maintain regular hours for the following two weeks, with the exception of Saturday, Dec. 5 when locations will close for the home football game versus Vanderbilt.

“For those who wish to visit the Libraries in person, we ask that you wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of distance from others,” Graham added.  “Please take advantage of our sanitation stations to clean your hands and to wipe down tables and equipment, so that we can maintain safe spaces for studying and research.”

This fall, library disinfection protocols will prevent overnight operation during finals. However, the hours from Dec. 11 through Dec. 17 have been adjusted to accommodate students studying and utilizing equipment with test monitoring software for end-of-semester exams.

On Friday, Dec. 11, the Main and Science Libraries will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (7-10:30 at MLC) with hours for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12 and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, Dec. 13 (same at MLC). From Monday, Dec. 14 through Wednesday, Dec. 16, the locations will be open from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, although they will close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17 (10:30 p.m. at MLC).

After a 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on Friday, Dec. 18 (8-5 at MLC), the date of a virtual commencement ceremony for graduates, the Libraries will operate during scaled back intersession hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. at MLC) weekdays until closure for the holiday period of Dec. 25 to Jan. 3.

The Art and Music Libraries currently do not offer study spaces for students, but they will remain open for book pickup, questions and copy and print services. The Art Library’s regular hours will remain in place, while the Music Library will transition to an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday schedule. After Thanksgiving, the the Carnegie Library on the Health Sciences Campus will offer reduced hours of 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and the Curriculum Materials Library at the College of Education will continue hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays before closing the week prior to the holiday break. Patrons can find posted hours at libs.uga.edu/all-hours for each location.

In addition, the Special Collections Building will maintain 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday hours after the Thanksgiving break. The building will remain open for research help and visits to the galleries, with the exception of holiday breaks Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 25 through Jan. 3. Through the remainder of the fall semester, archivists will continue with remote consultations as well.

In the new year, all Libraries locations will reopen on Jan. 4 and maintain an intersession schedule until spring semester classes begin on Jan. 13, when the regular hours maintained during the fall will resume.

Face coverings are required at all UGA Libraries locations, and furniture has been reconfigured to allow for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All visitors should complete the DawgCheck evaluation prior to arriving on campus. For complete hours and services, as well as online resources and virtual chat, visit libs.uga.edu.

UGA Libraries to reopen Aug. 10 with safety measures in place

Submitted by Camie on Fri, 07/31/2020

The University of Georgia Libraries will open to the public Aug. 10 with measures in place to promote the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening comes as UGA prepares to welcome students for fall classes beginning Aug. 20.

Most library locations, including the Main Library and Science Library will reopen to the public with limited hours during the week of Aug. 10, and expand service hours when classes resume. Beginning Aug. 20, the Main Library, Science Library and Miller Learning Center will be open until midnight most weekdays with earlier closure times on the weekends. The closing times allow cleaning crews to meet campus guidelines for disinfecting high-touch surfaces in the Libraries’ study spaces.

The Special Collections Building will resume regular hours on Aug. 10. Once classes resume, the Carnegie Library on the Health Sciences Campus will close at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and will remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and the Art Library at Lamar Dodd will maintain hours of 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays. The Music Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, although it will close for lunch each day from noon to 1 p.m. The Curriculum Materials Library in Aderhold Hall will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“The Libraries faculty and staff are preparing to reopen to our facilities in a manner that prioritizes health and safety,” said Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “We ask that our visitors follow social distancing guidelines and, per USG guidelines, wear a face covering. Take advantage of the hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes that we are providing, and please wash hands regularly and well before and after using any shared technology such as computers or printer kiosks.”

To further protect the health of visitors and staff, plexiglass has been added at service desks, and furniture and equipment have been arranged to promote social distancing in study spaces. Between check outs, books and other materials will be quarantined for three to four days, based on research sponsored by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Throughout the academic year, students and faculty will continue to have access to e-books, e-journals, databases, streaming video, and other digital materials via the Libraries website at libs.uga.edu. With the restoration of access to UGA’s print collection on August 10, UGA will no longer be eligible for the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service that has provided digital copies of print holdings during the Libraries’ closure.

In addition to the online chat with a librarian function on the website, librarians, archivists and staff will continue to offer remote consultations, workshops, and digital exhibitions.

Beginning Aug. 10, the Libraries will end porch pickup service at the Main Library, instead allowing patrons to pick up books on hold in the library location of their choice.

Books checked out prior to the pandemic are due Aug. 10 and may be returned at a book drop location in the Main Library’s parking lot.

“Through working remotely, enabling greater access to digital resources and offering porch pickup options, the dedicated staff of the libraries have provided an exemplary degree of support to faculty and students over the past several months,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “The Aug. 10 reopening of campus library facilities marks an important milestone in the university’s gradual, phased reopening that will ensure an even higher degree of academic support to the campus community.”

For updates and more information on services, visit libs.uga.edu and follow the Libraries’ social media platforms at @ugalibs.

UGA Libraries Encourage Electronic Course Reserves Due to COVID-19

Submitted by Camie on Thu, 06/25/2020

UGA Libraries will continue to provide course reserve services for faculty planning their courses for the fall semester, with some changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Requests submitted by July 17 are guaranteed to be completed and accessible by the first day of fall semester classes.

This academic year, the Libraries encourage instructors to utilize electronic course reserve resources, which can integrate with eLC and limit students’ need to access physical materials and spaces. Electronic course reserves also allow students to access materials after the Thanksgiving break and position faculty for a potential pivot back to online instruction at any point in the semester.

To facilitate this emphasis on electronic materials, faculty members can request electronic versions of books and materials, including the scanning of journal articles or book chapters, or consult with research and instruction librarians in their subject area (https://www.libs.uga.edu/subjects) to consider alternative materials. For questions about the fair use of materials, see the Copyright and Fair Use Statement; or contact Mariann Samuel at mariann@uga.edu.

For faculty members who wish to reserve physical course materials to be held within a library location, options include a 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan period. A previous option to allow 2-hour loans has been eliminated for 2020-2021 to ensure the safety of patrons and staff. Physical course reserve materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after each use.

Physical course reserves may be circulated from any of the following locations: Main Library; Science Library; Curriculum Materials Library- Aderhold Hall; Veterinary Medicine Reading Room-CVM Original Building; Music Library- Hugh Hodgson School of Music; the Dodd Library- Lamar Dodd School of Art; Owens Library- College of Environment and Design; Carnegie Library Learning Center- Health Sciences Campus.    

To request electronic or physical course reserve materials, complete the online form at http://www.libs.uga.edu/contact/course_reserves_form.

For streaming or physical media reserves, please contact the Media Desk at mediadep@uga.edu.

For any questions about course reserves, contact Ben Lawrence at mainresv@uga.edu (Main Library) or Brenda Robbins at sciresv@uga.edu (Science Library).
 

SERVICE UPDATE: No book pickup or scanning at this time

Submitted by amywatts on Sat, 04/04/2020

In compliance with the governor’s stay-at-home order, UGA Libraries will no longer offer book pickup or scanning services.

This applies to all outstanding book requests, including interlibrary loan requests, slated to be picked up at the Main Library, until further notice.

We encourage you to continue to take use of the libraries’ digital resources at libs.uga.edu.