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9 Things to Do First at the Library If You’re a Faculty Member

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  1. Meet your subject specialist: Every discipline at Georgetown has an assigned subject specialist in the Library—a dedicated librarian who’s an expert in both the Library and your area. Your subject specialist can partner with you on your own research and support your teaching. Librarians teach course-specific resources and research strategies; work with students individually in research consultations; collaborate with you to craft research assignments that develop student research skills; come to your class and be present in Blackboard, Canvas or your course website; and create specific course guides, subject guides and tutorials geared to your course needs. Find your subject specialist today and get started!
  2. Visit the Library’s faculty homepage: The Library offers hundreds of resources and services to support your research and teaching, and the best place to find them all is at library.georgetown.edu/faculty. The faculty homepage provides an overview of these services and information on how to contact us if you want more information about anything.
  3. Follow the Library: Keep up-to-date on the latest news and information from the Library by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! We post news, alerts and lots of interesting Georgetown history. Don’t miss out!
  4. Request course reserves: If you haven’t already, submit your course reserve requests so we can get them ready for your students. And don’t forget that the Library also has an extensive collection of streaming media. Browse our streaming media and video collections now!
  5. Explore the Booth Family Center for Special Collections: The Library’s Booth Family Center for Special Collections is home to the University Archives, Rare Books, Manuscripts and the University Art Collection, all of which are available to be used in your courses or research. The best place to start exploring the BFCSC is with the Special Collections catalog; but most of our rare books are also listed in GEORGE, and you can also find descriptions of many items from the Archives and Manuscripts in DigitalGeorgetown. The Center’s staff are always available to discuss resources in your area and talk about bringing your class to the brand new Barbara Ellis Jones Inquiry Classroom.
  6. Sign up for a workshop in the Gelardin New Media Center or the Maker Hub!The Library’s Gelardin New Media Center and Maker Hub offer a series of free workshops on everything from data visualization to social media marketing to 3D printing and design every semester. You can also borrow any equipment you need to practice your new skills from Gelardin, and the Gelardin staff can partner with you to develop multimedia assignments for your classes.
  7. Make a lynda.com playlist: What are your goals this year? Log in to lynda.com to find thousands of professional video tutorials on technology and professional skills. Create a playlist of the classes you want to take and work on them whenever you have time, or put together a playlist of skills for your students to master!
  8. Cover your copyright: The Copyright and Scholarly Communication librarian, Meg Oakley, supports your teaching and scholarship by answering questions relating to copyright, fair use, permissions, rights retention, open access and open educational resources. For works for which you retain copyright, submit them to Georgetown’s institutional repository, DigitalGeorgetown, where they’ll be freely available to researchers around the world.
  9. Sign up for office hours at the Midnight Mug: Professors and Teaching Assistants who hold office hours in the Midnight Mug, located on the second floor of Lauinger Library, get a free snack or drink for themselves and their students, sponsored by the Library, the Provost’s Office, the Deans and the Students of Georgetown, Inc.