Top 10 Things Faculty Should Know About the UW Tacoma Library

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Both new and seasoned faculty can benefit from these facts!


1. You have a liaison in the Library.

Your liaison—also called a subject librarian—can provide information about the library, purchase books and other materials to support your research and teaching, create research guides for your course, visit your class, and consult with your students on research assignments. Find your subject librarian.


2. We’ll teach your students library research skills.

Upon request, we will visit your class to teach your students tips for using the Library, effective search strategies, skills for evaluating and using resources, and more.  See Library Instruction Services.


3. We can keep materials on reserve for your class.

Learn about course reserves at UW Tacoma Library by visiting our Course Reserves page and the Instructor’s Guide to Course Reserves.


4. We partner with the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) to support you and your students.

The Learning and Research Commons (LARC) supports everyone at UW Tacoma in teaching, learning, conducting research, and in the integrated use of technology.  The LARC is located in the Snoqualmie Building; it includes the Library on the first floor and the TLC on the second floor.  Visit the LARC website to learn about this concept and LARC services, including printing, help with research, teaching support, and more.


5. We have incredible amounts of resources to help you do your research.

One of the great benefits of working at UW Tacoma is the access you have to all UW Libraries materials—that’s over 8 million print books, around 600,000 electronic books, 300 databases, thousands of video and audio recordings, and much more!


6. If we don’t have it, we’ll get it!

UW Libraries is part of a consortium of 39 regional academic libraries, which means you can easily request materials from these libraries, via the Summit system.  If the item you want is still unavailable, you can use our Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Service and we will search worldwide to find what you need.  And if you need something to be here at the UW Tacoma Library, we can buy it for you.


7. We collect and share UW Tacoma research in Digital Commons.

UW Tacoma Digital Commons collects, preserves, and makes publicly accessible the scholarly and creative work of the UW Tacoma campus and affiliated educational partners.  Visit the UW Tacoma Digital Commons.


8. Want to share your research?  We can help.

Our “Profiles in Research” blog is the online component of the “Profiles in Research” initiative of the UW Tacoma Library.  By profiling faculty members, we seek to showcase the scholarly and creative work available in UW Tacoma Digital Commons.


9. It’s fun and smart to follow us on social media :-)

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see photos from around the Library and stay up to date with our news, announcements, Profiles in Research, newsletters from our director, and more.


10. The Library is here for you, anytime, anywhere.  

We always make sure that students know this—but we are here for faculty too!  Contact your subject librarian directly, or the reference desk ( or 2-4442), or use our 24/7 online chat service if you need assistance.

Written by: 
J. Angela Wiehagen / October 13, 2016
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