Library Course Pages

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Why use a Library Course Page?

Saves Time & Money

  • No need to scan or link to readings - we do it for you
  • Helps students find course reserves and relevant library resources fast
  • No cost passed on to students or instructors

Supports Information Literacy Goals

  • Allows students to concentrate on learning to use library research tools and services tailored to the needs of a class research assignment.
  • May be used with or without a library instruction session. The customized content and librarian contact information is even more important when no session is planned.

Easy To Use

  • Automatically linked with other campus systems (MyUW, Learn@UW)
  • Consistent presentation to students - all LCPs use the same page layout giving a consistent look and feel
  • Reading list can be arranged in an order that works best for the class - by week, by topic, etc.

Secure Access and Support

  • Provides secure access to copyright-protected course reserves for enrolled students
  • Library staff are available for help with any questions

 

What may be included?

We will work with you to customize what's included. Here are examples of the types of things that may be added.

Library Services

  • Course Reserves
    Includes links to ereserves and pointers to materials in campus libraries such as books, textbooks, and videos.
  • Ask a Librarian
    Ways to contact a librarian familiar with the course assignment - chat, IM, email, phone, in person.
  • Citation Managers
    Helps students organize citations and create bibliographies in any citation style.
  • Article & Book Delivery
    All students are eligible to request items not owned on campus but needed for course assignments.
  • Borrowing/Returning Materials
    Answers to frequently asked questions about borrowing policies, getting materials, fines and holds, I.D. problems, electronic access and more.

Search Tools

  • Research Guides
    Helps students get started researching a topic! Hundreds of topics to choose from with a wide variety of resources included.
  • Library Catalog
    Leads students to books and other materials owned on campus and in the UW System.
  • Selected Article Databases
    Librarians can help you select the best ones for your students and the course assignment.
  • FindIt
    Provides students with a quick way to locate article links when they have a citation.

Research Tips & Tutorials

  • Basic Research Tips & Videos
    Helps students work through some common questions about doing library research. Available online, anytime.
  • Customized Tips and Tutorials
    When basic tips aren't enough. Librarians can develop materials based on the specific needs of your course's library research.
  • CLUE
    This 45-minute tutorial overview of basic library resources and research strategies helps students get started using campus libraries.
  • In-Class Activities
    Materials used in library instruction sessions can be included for easy access after the session's over.

Other Resources

  • Links to other materials helpful for your course and the class assignment may also be included. Let us know what you need.

Access via MyUW

Option 1 - Teaching Resources Module

Faculty, instructors and most TAs (if officially on payroll and assigned to the section) may:

  1. Login to MyUW (http://my.wisc.edu)
  2. Go to the Teaching tab. If you do not see the Teaching tab, see Option 2 below.
  3. Locate the appropriate course in the Teaching Resources module (current and upcoming semesters only)
  4. If a course has an LCP, a link labeled Library/Reserves is visible. If you do not see the Library/Reserves link in this module, see Option 2.

Option 2 - Library/Reserves by Department

Faculty, instructors and TAs (if officially on payroll and assigned to the section) may:

  1. Login to MyUW (http://my.wisc.edu)
  2. Go to the Teaching tab. (If you do not have a Teaching tab, look under the Academics tab.)
  3. Locate the Library/Reserves by Department module. (If the module isn't visible, use the Customize tool and add it.)
  4. This module is a complete list of departments and courses with LCP links. It includes past, current and, at times, future semesters.

 

Access via Learn@UW

Current Courses

A link labeled Library/Reserves automatically appears in the Learn@UW NavBar. It takes students to either a default Library Course Page OR your custom Library Course Page. (See below.) Here is an example link:

  • Default LCP

    When there is no custom LCP the Learn@UW NavBar link directs visitors to the default Library Course Page.

    This page contains quick links into frequently used library resources and services, hints on using the library and ways to get help.

  • Custom LCP

    A custom LCP is created by librarians, in collaboration with faculty and instructors, and tailored to a specific course's needs and assignments. It may contain course reserves, links to library resources and services and hints on using the library. A custom LCP is often used in conjuction with a library instruction session.

    Please visit the Learn@UW Helpdesk Document for more information on the Library/Reserves link.

    IMPORTANT In order for your custom Library Course Page to be linked, you must first "activate" your Learn@UW course.

    Your custom Library Course Page will be linked the next day. If you have any questions please contact us at lcp-l@library.wisc.edu.

Older Courses

Learn@UW courses created Spring 2007 through Fall 2008 automatically included a Course Resources widget. If this widget is displaying in a current course (because it was copied forward), it should be removed to avoid confusion. Please visit the Learn@UW Helpdesk Document for more information on arranging widgets.

Here is an example of the outdated Learn@UW widget which should be removed:

If a Library Course Page link was obtained from library staff and added prior to Spring 2007, it should be removed because it will not point to the current/correct semester's content. Please visit the Learn@UW Helpdesk Document for more information on Navbar Links.

Activate Your Learn@UW Course

IMPORTANT

In order for your custom Library Course Page to be linked, you must first "activate" your Learn@UW course.

Your custom Library Course Page will be linked the next day. If you have any questions please contact us at lcp-l@library.wisc.edu.

Access via Moodle / eCOW

All eCOW courses automatically contain links to LCP content when it is available for the course. Other library materials may also be included. Login to your eCOW course as usual and look for the LCP widget.

Other Moodle courses will only contain links to an LCP if the instructor has included it. Use MyUW if the link is not available in your Moodle course. Contact us for more information on including an LCP links in a Moodle course.

More Information

If you'd like more informaion on Library Course Pages contact any of the following:

  • a library's reserves department for more information on including reserve materials on an LCP
  • one of our liaison librarians for help developing library instruction-related materials for inclusion on an LCP
  • Sarah McDaniel, Library and Information Literacy Coordinator at 262-4308, for general information
  • or, use this form to and someone will contact you as soon as possible