10 Things Faculty Should Know About the UW Tacoma Library

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Support for your teaching, research, and scholarly work.

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The UW Tacoma Library is here to help you and your students in your work as scholars, teachers, and learners. Read on to find out more about the resources and services we offer for faculty, and be sure to keep up with new developments on our blog and social media.

  1. As a UW Tacoma faculty member, you have full access to one of the largest academic libraries in the United States.
    Through the University Libraries, you can reach more than 500 databases, millions of print and online resources to all three UW campuses, and Interlibrary Loan items from our partners in the region and around the world.

  2. The Library is here to support your scholarly work.
    Whether you’re working with a librarian to locate resources or extending the reach of your publications by creating an author profile in our campus institutional repository, the Library is here to assist you in your work as a scholar. Begin exploring how you might incorporate digital technologies into your research by attending a workshop or join a reading circle to discuss how recent trends are changing teaching and research at UW Tacoma.

  3. We have library liaisons with experience in your discipline.
    Our subject librarians are here to help you and your students use databases effectively, consult archives, or devise research strategies. You can also request we purchase materials in your field.

  4. We can help you navigate UW’s Open Access Policy and openly share your scholarship.
    The Library staff has expertise in Open scholarship, resources, and pedagogies that we are happy to share. Ask us about how the Open Access Policy will impact your work or how to get starting with Open Access publishing.

  5. The Library is here to support your teaching.
    We offer assignment and instructional design services, assistance for finding or supplementing Open Educational Resources, and software and technology services to support your teaching. Let’s work together to scaffold a research assignment, integrate 3D printing into your teaching, or have your students create and share a digital project.

  6. We can visit your class — in person or online.
    The Library offers library research and information literacy workshops for your students. Contact your subject librarian for a single session, workshop series, or Canvas module on database skills, evaluating information in context, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

  7. We can hold items for your class to use.
    Want to keep an extra copy of your textbook, supplemental films or readings, or even interactive objects on hand for your class? We can put items on course reserve for your students to check out, with loan periods ranging from a few hours to a few days. Get the details and submit reserve requests on our Course Reserves page.

  8. Your class’s textbook might already be on reserve.
    If you've submitted a textbook order to the bookstore, it may already be in the library! The library proactively purchases a copy of all textbooks listed at the bookstore costing $75 or more. Lower cost textbooks may be purchased on request. These books are available for a four-hour loan period. Learn more about our textbook program and how to find out if we have your book on our website.

  9. The Library is here to support your students.
    Our staff is dedicated to student success and well being. We offer a wide range of services and resources for them, including loans of equipment like laptops and graphing calculators, scanning services for book chapters, drop-in research consultations, book clubs, 3D printing, and more.

  10. We value community, collaboration, and innovation.
    We are invested in the UW Tacoma community and working with partners and stakeholders across campus. Check out our oral history collection, the Tacoma Community History Project (created in collaboration with UW Tacoma history classes), the Real Lit[erature] Book Club (co-hosted and created with the Center for Equity and Inclusion), or the Library’s efforts to facilitate Open Access Scholarship and encourage Open Educational Resources for a few examples of how we work to foster community engagement and stay responsive to local needs.

Have another idea of how we can help? Feel free to let us know.

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Written by: 
Marisa Petrich / March 1, 2019
Photos by: 
Hallie Clawson
Media contact: 

Marisa Petrich, marisp2@uw.edu