Services and Resources for Faculty

JMU Libraries provides expertise in educational technologies, digital projects, course evaluations, 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 over to our resources for staffundergraduates, graduate students, or visitors

We’re here to help you:

Use technologies
in your teaching

Create dynamic
learning experiences

Get tech support

Access library collections

Advance your research

Explore library spaces

 

Use technologies in your teaching

Consultations with instructional designers and technologists

We can help you meaningfully integrate appropriate technologies into the academic experience. Request a consultation to explore effective uses of technology in your teaching, or learn more on our Teaching with Educational Technologies page.

Workshops and training

Take a faculty workshop on creative approaches for teaching in traditional, online, and blended environments.

Use Canvas effectively

Find advice and best practices on effective uses of Canvas for all types of teaching, including in-person, online, and hybrid courses. We also provide tech support for Canvas and Webex in Canvas.

Online and hybrid teaching

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

Media production services, software, equipment, and facilities

You can request custom media design and production for use in your teaching. Visit Media Production and The Makery to learn about our media production services, professional studio and other facilities, and equipment such as laptops and cameras. Our Music Library also offers music equipment.

Classroom technologies

Contact Library Tech Support for help with projectors, microphones, and other classroom technologies.

3D Printing classroom and EPIC

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

Create dynamic learning experiences

Digital class projects

Request a consultation for support designing digital assignments or projects leveraging critical digital pedagogy and equity-based strategies. Find inspiration in these examples of digital assignments and digital projects that were created in partnership with faculty and students. 

Special Collections

Special Collections is our repository for rare and unique materials, with a focus on the history of JMU and the Shenandoah Valley. To learn about incorporating Special Collections materials in your course, contact library-special@jmu.edu.

Makerspaces

The Makery, with helpful staff and locations in Rose and Carrier Library, encourages creativity, brainstorming, exploring, rethinking, problem-solving and curiosity through an array of technologies, software, equipment, and workshops.

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, and more. You can also request asynchronous Citizen 21 course content to teach your students 21st-century skills such as collaboration and mindfulness.

Online learning

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

Streaming video for courses

Learn how you can use streaming video in your courses.

Read about best practices in teaching and learning

Our Readings about Teaching site makes it easy for you to find the best books on inclusive teaching practices, the science of learning, and more. This site was a collaborative effort by JMU Libraries and the Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI).

Get tech support

Tech support for educational technologies

We provide tech support for Canvas, Webex in Canvas, Respondus, TurnItIn, illumira, Knowmia, CampusPress, clickers, Blue Course Evaluations, projectors, microphones, and other classroom technologies. The JMU IT Help Desk provides tech support for Zoom and Webex outside of Canvas.

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.

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, e-books, streaming video, and more. If you can’t find what you need, contact your liaison librarian or use Interlibrary Loan.

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. 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, 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. Anyone is welcome to make an appointment to engage with our materials. Find examples of our fascinating and gorgeous materials on the Special Collections Instagram or Twitter.

Open educational resources

Open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) make course materials more affordable for students and more customizable for instructors.

Newspaper subscriptions

Access the New York Times and Wall Street Journal through our subscriptions. Looking for other news sources? View our full list of news-related databases.

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.

Explore library spaces

Library locations

Visit our Library Spaces page 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 17 Fun Things to Do in JMU Libraries.

We’re here to help! Ask the Library.

Visit a service desk, use the Ask the Library page, or schedule a consultation with one of our subject experts. We look forward to working with you!

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