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Faculty Guidance 2020/2021

A "quick reference" guide on available resources to help prepare for remote/hybrid learning 2020/2021. When in doubt, ASK US.

Libraries Phased Reopening Chart

Teaching Support:

Besides textbooks/course materials, the Libraries provides additional teaching support including online DIY modules and videos covering information concepts and assessment you can imbed into your course; collaborative workshops tailored to your course; and connections to campus teaching & learning partners focused on pedagogy and teaching technology.


  • Online Learning Resources (newly added Winter quarter 2021)
  • Libraries Open Scholarship Commons: We can help you design and integrate open scholarship tools and concepts into any classroom setting (e.g. podcasts, digital exhibits, data and copyright management and more!). Many Libraries services are now in one place with the new OSC.
  • Undergraduate Student Researcher Tutorial: The tutorial is asynchronous, self-paced, modular, and introduces students to UW Libraries resources and services available in various research disciplines and majors. Students can access and complete the tutorial directly in the published Canvas course; and it is also available as modules in UW Canvas Commons for instructors to import and adapt for course needs.

Textbooks/Course Materials:

  • Because of the uncertainty and inability to predict when UW Libraries buildings will reopen, we recommend using online course readings and materials.
  • What is available now? Whenever possible, please use existing online UW collections, including e-books, journal articles, and streaming media; or open educational resources/open textbooks.
  • This resource outlines additional options for instructors who are deciding on course materials.
  • Online isn’t always possible for desired content. Frequently there is no online equivalent for previously-planned physical items on course reading lists; and, when online equivalents do exist, licensing them takes additional time, so they may not be available immediately. In addition, accessing electronic resources for all academic disciplines is a challenge compounded by a publishing landscape that doesn’t support a fully online environment.

The following factors inform our course materials recommendations:

1) Ease of use. Open Educational Resources (OER) and Libraries e-resources are immediately available and avoid potential delays (sometimes of several weeks!) that may occur in trying to source and license new material for courses.

2) More equitable access. In accordance with existing UW guidance, instructors of all classes (online or in-person) should “ensure that all students can complete their coursework, even if they are unable to attend in-person classes due to illness or higher risk of health complications from the coronavirus.”

NOTE: Not all online resources comply with all accessibility standards. Please see the following guidance to help select accessible course materials: http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/ AND https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/

3) Less strain on limited resources. Using existing e-resources limits additional expenditures from collections budgets and allows Libraries staff to support a broader number of courses and researchers.

Subject Librarians: Your subject librarian can assist you with Libraries collections needs for your research and teaching, and can provide tailored information workshops and consultation for students.

Re-opening and Access to Library Materials:

  • Per UW and state guidance, all UW campuses including the Libraries are operating under Healthy Washington Phase 1 with the majority of staff working remotely, and no significant changes in operations from fall quarter.
    • By contract, we cannot loan out physical books that are also available online through the HathiTrust ETAS. Usage is limited to the electronic version only in order to maintain access to the ETAS (1.7 million ebooks). This is a special COVID-time provision while Libraries buildings are closed.
    • No Contact Pick-Up Service is available. You can make an online request for eligible physical UW items and pick them up at any campus. NOTE: physical items from other institutions, including our Summit library partners, cannot be requested at this time.
    • Interlibrary Loan continues to request and fill scans of articles and book chapters but cannot fill requests for physical materials at this time.

    Any changes to operational plans will be communicated through the Libraries COVID Update page as soon as new information is available. Our monthly update blog posts (also accessible on the COVID Update page) provide additional insight into our planning process and status each month.