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COVID-19 Library planning/ updates

CBU Library COVID-19 Planning and Updates

For accurate and up-to-date information on Cape Breton University’s response to COVID-19 including FAQ’s and community messages, visit www.cbu.ca/covid19

Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3 pm, CBU library and computer labs will close. Library services, including reference, are being offered digitally. Please read below for more information on circulation, curbside pickup, contacts, and library support for faculty and students.

 

Online Services and Supports

Patrons are encouraged to access the following on-line services::

  • Online LiveHelp Chat, Email and AskUs: Visit the online chat service available for help with research. Patrons can also access research assistance via email or our AskUs service. Please see: https://capebreton.libanswers.com/ 
  • Databases, ebooks and online sources: Our databases, ebooks and other online sources will continue to be available via the CBU Library. Remember to use the ‘Off Campus Access’ button under the popular tasks menu in order to access all of our online resources from home @ https://libguides.cbu.ca/homepage
  • Tutorials for using the library are available here: https://libguides.cbu.ca/CBULearning/1mintutorials

Circulation

  • Curbside pickup will be available soon. Please use the form here to request a pickup.
  • Please be advised that the circulation desk is closed, we only offer curbside pickup for regular physical items ( not including reserve materials, laptops, etc)  If you must return your library materials, there is a return box located in Center Campus (CC) next to the Campus Security Office..
  • Starting Thursday March 19, reserve items will no longer be circulating. If you require a reserve textbook or resource, please email your professor to make digital arrangements with the library.
  • Any items borrowed on a 3 week loan, currently checked out, will not be due until September 30.
  • Novanet Express and holds will be suspended due to the closure of many member libraries. Interlibrary loan is available, but may be slower than normal.
  • Circulation Contact: Karen Tobin, karen_tobin@cbu.ca

 Resources For Teachers

For the health of our staff, we will be suspending the use of physical reserve materials after Thursday March 19. Please use our reserve forms for submitting new materials such as book chapters, articles and other e resources. Course Reserves. If you have questions or issues, please contact Elaine Cuff elaine_cuff@cbu.ca.
If you have other materials you would like for your class and are having trouble sourcing or linking to them, please email your school librarian and we will check the copyright information and try our best to either send you a link, or look into a purchase. Information on copyright and uploading materials into Moodle (created by York University): https://copyright.info.yorku.ca/copyright-status-options-for-materials-uploaded-to-moodle/.

It's easier to link! Linking to content found in the library, or elsewhere, alleviates the need to worry about copyright infringement, and saves space on servers. When linking to resources, ensure you are using a permalink (also known as a persistent link), rather than the URL at the top of your webpage. If you have trouble locating a permalink, please email your librarian. View a quick tutorial on permalinks using Novanet: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYeDooxBNy

Consider using open access materials (textbooks, journals, articles) to make access easier on students. If you need help finding openly available material for your courses, creating permalinks, or accessing resources, contact your librarian.Open Textbook Information

Contacts

Librarians

Cathy Chisholm, School of Education and Health. Cathy_Chisholm@cbu.ca

Jasmine Hoover, School of Science and Technology. Jasmine_hoover@cbu.ca

K-Lee Fraser, School of Arts and Social Sciences. K-Lee_Fraser@cbu.ca

Laura Syms, School of Business. Laura_Syms@cbu.ca

Circulation Contact: Karen Tobin, karen_tobin@cbu.ca