McCain Library staff are committed to assisting students and faculty during the upcoming time of online teaching. Read on for details:
Starting Monday, March 16 and at least into April, we expect to lock the McCain building entrances even if our staff are there working, to prioritize phone and virtual services, and for eveyone’s health.
Call (404-471-6094) or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance if you need us to exchange library materials at a prearranged time using the front doors.
Our priority will be providing digital copies of required course materials and offering research support virtually. A Reserve Scanning Request Form is available for faculty.
An eTextbook site (VitalSource) is making many titles free through May, including a number of required textbooks at ASC. Set up a free account with your ASC email, then search by ISBN or title. There is a limit of 7 books downloaded per account.
1. create an account and verify it from your ASC email address;
2. log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app or website using your ASC email address;
3. search the Explore area, using the textbook’s ISBN (unique number for specific edition) or title within Bookshelf.
We’ll hold virtual 1:1 research appointments by phone, email, Zoom, or Google apps (reserve one using the Book a Librarian tool on our home page) and group instruction as requested via online means. Given some advance notice, we will be happy to arrange for those options to happen outside of the 8:30am – 4:30pm Eastern, Monday-Friday, times.
We will monitor our home page’s Chat service by its online form and will check it hourly during weekdays.
LibGuides (subject research guides) are a great tool to assist students with research at a distance.
For database access, remember to use the A to Z list (log in as you do for ASC email).
Ebooks are available after you log in as you do for ASC email, on the database menu under E.
The McCain G11 computer lab will remain ID-accessible at the card readers on the Alston side of the Library for students registered to remain on campus who do not have needed devices or specialized software on their personal laptops (practice social distancing and wash your hands after using the lab). Campbell’s ground floor labs are also available.
The Library is asking patrons not to return physical materials except to the book drop out front (or by contacting us to exchange things through the front doors at a prearranged time). Due dates have been extended until May 13, but you might still receive automated overdue notifications.
We expect interlibrary loan to be 99% digital-only. (Most library partners are limiting loans of physical materials now.)
Kanopy streaming videos are free for the next 30 days.
We appreciate your patience as we all work through challenging times. But ask us and we’ll do our best to meet your needs!
-McCain Library Staff