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The following information outlines the services and support the  Huron Library provides to faculty members in our community.

  • Course Reserves

  • The library operates a reserve collection of books in heavy demand for course-related readings. Faculty members may place materials on reserve for 2 hour, 1, 3 or 7 day loan periods. If the Huron Library does not have the book you wish for reserve, please note this in the Course Reserve Request Form. Purchase decisions are made in conjunction with the Collection Policy of Huron University College Library.

    Please submit your requests in our online form by the following deadlines:

    Fall Term - September 1
    Winter Term - December 12

    Materials submitted after these deadlines will be processed as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee availability in one or two days.

    Course Readings on OWL:
    Please contact your administrative assistant for more information on assistance with embedding electronic readings and resources within your OWL course site.
  • Research Support

  • The Research Help Desk in the Kimel Family Information Commons is staffed during most hours when the library is open. Reference staff can assist you in finding the information you need from quick facts to literature searches. You may alsobook a research consultation online.

    For an informal tour of the library's facilities, contact Dawn Easton-Merritt by email or at extension 235.  Dawn will also be pleased to provide instruction for individual faculty members on research tools, electronic databases, or using the Internet for academic research.

  • Teaching Support

  • We offer in-class sessions designed to build student information literacy, aligned with course goals on research skills and critical use of scholarly sources.

    Instruction can be general or tailored to a particular discipline or course assignment. 
    Sessions may last 15 to 50 minutes and may include:

    • navigating the shared library catalogue to find books by subject
    • finding journal articles by using subscription databases such as JSTOR and Proquest, plus many more.
    • understanding the difference between scholarly and popular journals
    • critically evaluating sources
    • citation management practices

    Faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of this service to promote information literacy among their students.

    To schedule a session contact the Research and Instruction Librarian Dawn Easton-Merritt by email or at ext. 235. Allow at least 2 weeks for the librarian to schedule and prepare the workshop. Also, provide a copy of the research assignment, and the date, time, location, and number of students in the class.

    Other library instruction options include:

    • self-directed assignments for individuals to complete in the library (e.g. Select a title from a bibliography and locate the book on the shelf; find an article from a citation; find a database article on a topic and cite it correctly)
    • hands-on tutorials in small groups in the computer lab
    • short demonstrations of specific databases
    • in-class demo, followed by small group activity in the library
  • Faculty Authorized Borrowers

  • Faculty and instructors can authorize students or assistants to borrow materials under their account for university research / teaching purposes. To setup authorization, complete the Faculty Authorized Borrowers form and submit to the Huron Library Circulation desk.
  • Collection Policy

  • Selection of library materials is a collaborative effort involving the faculty and the library staff.  The faculty is largely responsible for recommending the acquisition of publications within their areas of expertise.   The library is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the development of the collection as a whole, for providing the faculty with bibliographic assistance and purchase suggestions and for ordering reference and interdisciplinary materials.

    The objective of the library is to support the educational program of the College by making available a core collection of course related materials.  All materials should be selected to strengthen the resources available to students for their course work and course-related research.

    Collection Policy for Huron University College Library.

  • Copyright

  • Western's agreement with Access Copyright expired Dec. 31, 2013.  In January 2014 Western and Affiliates began following a 'fair dealing' arrangement on copyright materials.  Western's new Copyright @ Western website provides background and guidance.

    Western University copyright decision map.

    For assistance with copyright concerns please contact Jennifer Robinson or Dawn Easton-Merritt.

    On January 16, 2014  Sam Trosow, a Faculty of Law / FIMS professor from Western gave a presentation to the Huron community and addressed questions  about the current copyright environment.  A copy of the PowerPoint presentation is available below.