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.
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.
Student-centered information about Reserves is available on our Access Reserves page.
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.
We are more than happy to give a presentation or provide an interactive work session with your students.
These sessions can be:
Talk with your liaison librarian about what you and your students need.
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:
Please let us know when something gets outdated, or if there are any additional materials or subjects that should be included.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.
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:
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.
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.
Here is a sampling of lesser-known library resources you can use in your classroom:
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.
Lindell Library subscribes to several services that provide high-quality video, including mass-market films and documentaries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
For the streaming-audio database Naxos, the link is called “Show Static URL”:
And for ebooks like those in the library's ProQuest Ebook Central, look for “Share Link to Book”:
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.
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.