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Accessing Library Resources from Off Campus

Library services available during online instruction

Books and Articles

I have readings that require students to utilize course reserves. How will my students access these titles if they are off campus?

  • First check the library catalog. We may have an ebook edition of the title available through ProQuest Ebook Central, JSTOR, or another platform. You can add links to these ebooks into O-Space and the Nest.
  • Submit a request for an ebook edition.
  • If the library cannot obtain an ebook version, we recommend that faculty provide alternative readings that are available online. See the library’s Catalog and Databases page for electronic books and articles.
    • In the wake of COVID-19, several publishers, vendors, and distributors are making their content available for free for a limited time. We are gathering these items on the Online Resources page in this guide.
    • You can use EBSCO's Faculty Select to search for over 12,400 Open Educational Resources (OER) (available until June 30, 2020)
    • We have expanded access to JSTOR until June 20, 2020.
  • If faculty need assistance finding equivalent materials from our online resources, please email Heather Cleary at hcleary@otis.edu
  • If you are considering scanning material for course reserve, copyright law prohibits scanning entire works to post online. Please adhere to Otis College's copyright policies. FAIR USE may apply during this time of emergency distance learning.

Videos

I planned on screening a video in my class, or have students watch one for homework. How will my students access these titles if they are off campus?

  • First check the library catalog. We may have a streaming version available through Kanopy or another vendor. You can embed these videos into O-Space and the Nest.
  • Submit a request for a streaming video. Many film distributors and producers are offering discounted or free access to their content during this transition period.
  • If the library cannot obtain a streaming version, we recommend that faculty provide alternative videos that are available online. Check the library’s Finding Images and Videos guide.
  • If faculty need assistance finding equivalent materials from our online resources, please email Derek McMullen at dmcmullen@otis.edu
  • If you are considering scanning material for course reserve, copyright law prohibits scanning entire works to post online. Please adhere to Otis College's copyright policies. FAIR USE may apply during this time of emergency distance learning.

Images

I planned on showing a slideshow to my class. How can I make them available to students off campus?

  • First check the newly updated OtisDID. It contains thousands of images and does not require the Flash plugin. You can upload personal images to fill in gaps. Check out the help guide. You can add links to these slideshows and PDFs into O-Space and embed them into the Nest.
  • If you want to use PowerPoint or Keynote, post your presentation on Gdrive to share it with your students. Consider converting the file into a Google Presentation or PDF. Contact the TLC for assistance.
  • Consider reducing the file size (which lowers the loading time for students) by using smaller images or linking to hi-resolution versions on the web. Check the library’s Finding Images and Videos guide for tips on searching for images.
  • If faculty need assistance finding images and other materials from our online resources, please email Heather Cleary at hcleary@otis.edu
  • If you are considering scanning material for course reserve, copyright law prohibits scanning entire works to post online. Please adhere to Otis College's copyright policies. FAIR USE may apply during this time of emergency distance learning.

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