We took a break from writing on the blog during the transition from in-person to online teaching and learning. Not all faculty receive our posts, and we what we had to share was important enough to send to all faculty.
We were also very busy! We created and updated documentation while developing an online guide for faculty Through a collaboration with the Academic Resource Center, the Writing Center, the Registrar’s Office, and colleagues in IS we created an online guide for students. Initially we met in-person with faculty one-on-one and in small groups. Once we started working remotely we created a schedule of short online workshops. In just one week we offered 28 online workshops with 223 faculty attendees!
Reference librarians quickly found ways to answer reference questions and continue in-depth consultations remotely. We continue to offer research instruction sessions to classes online and research consultations to students. A new “reference desk” schedule to support students in different timezones was implemented, as well as a plan to promote these “new” services to faculty and students.
This is all to say that, like many of you, our attention was focused on the immediate task at hand. We are now planning for the future, reflecting on our experience to better support faculty and students no matter what the future looks like. Part of this work includes returning to the blog – posting useful, informative, and fun content. As always, feel free to share or comment below, and we thank you for your flexibility, patience, and persistence!