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Faculty Resources

Library Liaisons

Our librarians are specialized! Each department and program has a designated “library liaison” to serve you better. Your library liaison helps you schedule library instruction sessions, add materials to the library collection, place items on reserve, and more.

Course Reserves

Our priority is that your students get the materials they need for your class.

Faculty can put books and articles on reserve for students, either physically or online. They will appear on our Course Reserves page, which students can search by course or instructor.

  • Online Materials: Students can access them directly from the Course Reserves list.
  • Physical Materials: Students can request them from the Circulation Desk at Lindell Library. Checkout periods in Reserves are shorter than normal, sometimes just hours or days, to ensure they are available to the largest number of students in a class. The professor specifies the loan period.

To put materials on Reserve, first make a list of them. Then contact Karen Hogan or your liaison librarian.

Student-centered information about Reserves is available on our Access Reserves page.

Personal Copies

You can put your personal copy of a book on Reserve, if the library does not own it.

However, because of copyright restrictions, photocopies and PDFs are more problematic. Talk to our Reserves staff about how we can give your students access to them.

Library Instruction Sessions

We are more than happy to give a presentation or provide an interactive work session with your students.

These sessions can be:

  • Either all or part of a class period.
  • In your classroom or in the Library's L15 classroom, which we can reserve at your request.
  • General overviews of the library and its resources or tailored to a particular assignment or project. Research shows that tailored presentations are more effective. We appreciate as much lead time as possible.

Talk with your liaison librarian about what you and your students need.

Research Guides Tailored for Your Course

Every discipline at Augsburg has its own Research Guide, just like this one you are reading now.

We consider these vital portals to the library and its resources, so please send your students to the relevant Research Guide(s) via Moodle.

Research Guides include:

  • Relevant journal article databases.
  • Scholarly print and online reference works for background reading and topic selection.
  • Print books and ebooks in our catalog useful for specific subjects.
  • Links to statistics and other academic and professional websites that support research and professional practice.
  • Guides on how to navigate specific databases and other library resources.

Please let us know when something gets outdated, or if there are any additional materials or subjects that should be included.

We're also happy to create a custom guide for your course or even a particular assignment. Contact your library liaison for more information.

Find existing subject and course guides here.

Personal Research Support for Your Students

Please encourage your students to work one-on-one with a Lindell librarian any time they need help starting or widening their research for an assignment.

Students can find us several ways:

  • Librarians are available on-call (ask at the Circulation Desk or in the library Learning Commons) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, when Augsburg classes are in session. See our library hours for more specific times.
  • Students can also make a research appointment in advance by using our online form.
  • Students can get 24/7 help through our chat reference service. If they use this outside of the time when we monitor the chat line, they get help from a qualified librarian at another university, who can refer questions back to us. We do our best to answer promptly.

The walk-in Writing Lab, run by the English Department throughout fall and spring semesters, has tutors for help structuring a paper or fine-tuning a project's expression.

See our Contacts page for other ways to reach Lindell librarians, including telephone and e-mail.

Copyright Guidelines in the Classroom

U.S. copyright law is a many-headed beast — still, it is important to tame this beast in the classroom.

We could write a thousand Web pages on the subject and not come close to covering everything. Fortunately, Augsburg's sister institution across Riverside Avenue, the University of Minnesota, has put together a concise faculty-oriented guide to copyright issues that arise in teaching, including the sharing of course materials.

Most of the issues you will encounter are covered in the U of M guide, but be sure to share any concerns you find with your liaison librarian.

Library Resources You Can Use in Teaching

Here is a sampling of lesser-known library resources you can use in your classroom:

Oral Histories

When you're teaching students about primary resources, it helps to have some great ones to show them.

Oral histories, in print and online, are available from a number of sources.

  • For Minnesota history in general, the Minnesota Historical Society has a number of fine collections that you can use in the classroom and assign to students.
  • More locally, the Augsburg Archives is in the process of transferring its analog oral histories to digital and putting them up on YouTube. Keep checking for new ones!

Streaming Video

Lindell Library subscribes to several services that provide high-quality video, including mass-market films and documentaries.

  • Stream them to the screen of your choice, including in the classroom.
  • Embed them into Moodle and add them to your syllabus for assigned viewing.

The Films & Video library guide gives all the possibilities, including a search box where you can enter individual titles.

If there's a film you would like to show in class but don't find in our catalog, contact Acquisitions Librarian Ron Kurpiers

If it's available and within our budget, he can often persuade publishers to provide us access.

Streaming Audio

We have databases that provide streaming music as well.

Be creative! Use these for setting the right tone for an introduction to Baroque Art, helping with discussions about multicultural topics, or finding soothing tracks for meditation or mindfulness exercises.


We may not get them in print anymore, but that doesn't mean we don't have access to newspapers.

Over half of our book collection consists of Ebooks now! Learn how to find and use them.

Equipment for Checkout

We have a large collection of tools you and your students can use in your classroom or for your own projects.

These include audio and video recorders, tripods, cameras, projectors, microphones, and more.

Group Study Rooms

The library contains a number of spaces where students, faculty, and staff can meet for group work. These can be reserved.

Learn more about group study rooms.

Make Things Easy to Access Off-campus

Any time you link to something from a library database and share it with students (via Moodle, email, or some other method), check to make sure the URL includes the special link that recognizes when they are off-campus and gives them the chance to sign in.

First, Find the Stable URL

As you access the resource you want to share, look for a stable URL that links to the resource, and copy that stable URL to a text document. This may be different from what is in your browser's URL box, which often is tailored to your specific session on the database (and won't work for other, later users).

In a streaming-video database like Kanopy, the link is the “Share” button:

Sharing URL in Kanopy database

For the streaming-audio database Naxos, the link is called “Show Static URL”:

Sharing URL in Naxos database

And for ebooks like those in the library's ProQuest Ebook Central, look for “Share Link to Book”:

Sharing URL for ebook

Then, Add the ‘EZProxy’ Link

The so-called “EZProxy”, a.k.a. authentication software, is text that you paste ahead of the “regular” (stable) URL when you put it in your Moodle page or send it via email. This connects off-campus users of the content — Augsburg students, faculty, and staff — with a sign-in page where they can prove they are authorized to access these expensive resources.

Here is the Augsburg authentication text for you to copy-and-paste; add it to the front of your stable URL in your document.

Examples of EZProxy in Use
  • For a Kanopy video:

  • For a Naxos musical track:

  • For a ProQuest ebook:

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks are high-quality textbooks that are available online and are free for your students to use. We've assembled a guide to finding open educational resources (OER) of all kinds, including textbooks, here.