Library and Writing Center Services During COVID19

Currently the library building is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday for Spring Break and starting March 23rd will be going to reduced hours of 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday for the duration of the present situation, pending additional campus closures.  Online access to collections will remain available 24/7 on our website https://library.pfw.edu/ , and appointments with librarians via Skype may be scheduled for day, evening, and weekend hours at https://library.pfw.edu/askalibrarian#. The Writing Center’s online consultation service will remain available via their website at https://www.pfw.edu/offices/learning-support/writing-center/consultations

Should the campus close entirely, the library and the Writing Center will maintain virtual services.

Please monitor https://helmkehighlights.wordpress.com/ for updates as the situation develops.

Overview of Library Services:

Technology

Laptop Checkout

The library has laptops available for student checkout at the first floor service desk.  We have extended the loan period to one week, with an option to renew online once per check-out.  If the demand for these exceeds supply we may adjust the policies accordingly.

Student Lab Spaces

The IT computer labs on the first and second floor of the building are open.  We have removed every other seat to encourage a 6-foot space between students and are requesting that any users wipe the equipment down before and after use with provided sanitation wipes.

Study Spaces

Group Study Rooms

Until in-person classes resume, all group study rooms have been switched over to individual study.  They are available for booking via the regular website at https://schedule.library.pfw.edu/reserve/groupstudy

Open Study Areas

Study tables are available.  Seating has been limited to try and maintain social distancing as recommended by the CDC. We request that users wipe the seating down before and after use with provided sanitation wipes and limit to two persons per table.

Getting Help:

Librarian Services

Writing Center

  • Online Consultation Service (asynchronous): https://www.pfw.edu/offices/learning-support/writing-center/consultations
  • IM Chat services: chat box at the bottom of any page on the Writing Center website: pfw.edu/writing
  • Speech and Presentation Service: all appointments switched to Skype appointments. Schedule through TutorTrac. More information will be posted on our website: pfw.edu/writing
  • Additional synchronous methods of consultations are in development.

Services for Faculty

Course Reserves

Faculty with print materials they would like to put online are encouraged to use our Course Reserves service.  Library staff will digitize the print materials and upload them to the reserve system which interfaces with Blackboard.  All requests must comply with fair use copyright law.  See https://library.pfw.edu/coursereserves

Library Instructional Support

The library has online modules available for use in your BlackBoard courses covering a variety of topics including citation formats, doing research, determining credible sources, and many more!  These modules have optional quizzes that can be linked to gradebooks.  See https://library.pfw.edu/infolit for more information.

If your course requires a more specialized library tutorial, please contact your liaison librarian who would be happy to record a short video for your class, or to create a customized course guide.

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