Faculty Services

JMU Libraries provides expertise in educational technologies, instructional design, digital projects, research, information literacy, scholarly communications, classroom technology, and so much more. We also manage physical and online collections to support your research and teaching. If you’re not a faculty member or instructor, switch to our resources for students, staffgraduate students, or visitors

We’re here to help you:

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Use technologies in your teaching

Consultations with instructional designers and technologists

We can help you meaningfully integrate educational technologies into the academic experience. We can also consult with you on instructional design for courses, curricula, and learning initiatives. Visit the Learning Innovations & Design Desk online or in Rose Library to get started.

Workshops and training

Take a faculty workshop to support your teaching in traditional, online, or blended environments.

Use Canvas effectively

Find advice on effective uses of Canvas for all types of teaching. We also provide tech support for Canvas and Canvas Studio.

Online and hybrid teaching

Find advice for online or hybrid teaching, including how to teach with Zoom at JMU. Or request a consultation with an instructional designer to explore technologies and pedagogical approaches for success.

Media production services, software, equipment, and facilities

You can request custom media design and production to support your teaching. Visit Media Production and The Makery to learn about our media production services, professional studio, and multimedia equipment to borrow. Our Music Library also offers music equipment.

Classroom technologies

Contact the Learning Innovations & Design Desk for help with projectors, microphones, and other classroom technology.

3D Printing classroom and EPICx

Our 3SPACE classroom is the first general-education college 3D printing classroom in the country.  We also support EPICx (Enhancing Pedagogy through Innovative Classrooms), which features some of JMU’s most innovative classrooms.

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Create dynamic learning experiences

Professional development and learning

Try one of our self-paced learning opportunities designed for busy faculty members. Or join our Open Pedagogy Fellowship, which is accepting applications between April 1 and 19, 2024.

Digital class projects

Digital assignments like websites, podcasts, oral histories, timelines, maps, and data visualizations can promote engaged learning and a sense of belonging. Request a consultation and select “Digital Projects” to connect with our digital projects and instructional design teams, who can help you leverage open and critical digital pedagogy and inclusion-oriented strategies as you design your digital assignment or project. View examples of digital assignments and projects supported by the Libraries.

Instructional design support

Request a consultation with an instructional designer to design and develop inclusive and engaging assignments, courses, program orientations, learner-oriented resources, and curricula. Our instructional design services center equity, accessibility, and inclusion, while enhancing and sustaining learner success.

Special Collections

Special Collections is our repository for rare and unique materials, with a focus on the history of JMU and the Shenandoah Valley.

Makerspace

The Makery encourages creativity, brainstorming, exploring, rethinking, problem-solving and curiosity through an array of technologies, software, equipment, and workshops.

Multimedia equipment

We offer an array of digital media tools and facilities, including a video production studio for faculty/staff, creative media software, and more. You and your students can also borrow equipment such as cameras, microphones, and camcorders. Our Music Library also offers equipment to check out.

Libraries workshops for your courses

Invite us into your in-person or online classroom to help your students build skills in research, evaluating sources, podcasting, data management, information literacy, technology, open educational resources, and more. 

Online learning

Request a consultation on the technologies and pedagogical approaches for creating effective online, hybrid, or distance learning experiences. Or find our expert advice on online or hybrid teaching.

Streaming video for courses

Explore Canvas Studio or Camtasia. Learn how to find or create streaming video for your courses.

Course materials

We can help you make your course materials readily available to students. You can assign open and affordable course content, use Course Reserves, or learn about other ways you can make course materials more accessible and affordable.

Read about best practices in teaching and learning

Our Readings about Teaching site shares the best books on inclusive teaching practices, the science of learning, and more. This site was a collaboration with the JMU Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI).

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Get tech support

Personalized support and expert advice on using educational technologies

Our Learning Innovations & Design Desk can help you use classroom technology and equipment and academic software such as Canvas, Camtasia, GoReact, Gradescope, Poll Everywhere, Respondus, Top Hat, TurnItIn, and more. The JMU IT Help Desk provides tech support for Zoom.

Connect from off campus

Get instructions for connecting from off-campus to use the Libraries’ online resources.

Printing, scanning, and software in the libraries

Learn about the Libraries’ printers, scanners, and software.

Course evaluations

We administer and configure Blue, JMU’s course evaluation tool, which is integrated into Canvas and MyMadison as “Course Evaluation Task.” Learn how we can help you customize your course evaluations, refer to the Instructor Guide, or review the current course evaluation schedule.

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Access library collections

Search our collections

Use Library Search to find books, e-books, articles, videos, music, and more. Learn what is included in Library Search results. Visit our online resources page for details on accessing journalsdatabases, and more. If you can’t find what you need, contact your liaison librarian.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

When you need a resource that’s not in JMU’s collections, submit an Interlibrary Loan request. We do our best to use the global network of libraries to get it to you, quickly and free of charge.

Delivery services

Have library books or materials delivered to your departmental mailbox. We can also scan articles and book chapters for you. Learn about our other delivery services.

Course reserves

Use course reserves to place high-use course materials on reserve for your students.

Online resources

Learn about using e-books, streaming video, databases, journals, open educational resources, and more on our online resources page.

Special Collections

Special Collections is our repository for rare and unique materials, with a focus on the history of JMU and the Shenandoah Valley.

Open educational resources

Open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) make course materials more affordable for students and more customizable for instructors. Learn how JMU faculty are using OER in their courses and find your own open and affordable course content. Or request a consultation with our Open Education Librarian to learn more. 

Newspaper subscriptions

Access the New York Times and Wall Street Journal through our subscriptions. Or view our full list of news-related databases.

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Advance your research

Liaison librarians

When you have in-depth research questions, contact your department’s liaison librarian, a subject expert who can help you and your students with discipline-specific research.

Research guides

Research guides, created by JMU librarians, point you to our best resources in a variety of disciplines. Your liaison librarian may also be able to create research guides for your courses.

Video, illustration, photography, and graphic design services

Get expert assistance with media production — including creating images, graphs, and other visual representations of data — for your scholarly publications.

Scholarly communications, copyright, and publishing

We provide holistic support for scholarly communications across JMU, offering consultations in copyright, author rights, open publishing, choosing a journal in which to publish, and more.

Data management

We offer consultations on data management, including creating a data management plan.

JMU Scholarly Commons

The JMU Scholarly Commons is an open-access institutional repository for sharing your scholarship worldwide, increasing its visibility and reach.

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Explore library spaces

Library locations

Read about our Library Locations or watch this short video about our library spaces.

Fun Things to Do in JMU Libraries

Learn about our Community Seed Library, book displays, and more in Fun Things to Do in JMU Libraries.

We’re here to help! Ask us.

Start with Ask the Library online on in person, visit the Learning Innovations & Design Desk online or in Rose Library, or schedule a consultation with one of our subject experts. We look forward to working with you!