What New Faculty Need to Know about JMU Libraries (Updated September 2)

Posted on: September 2, 2020

Welcome to James Madison University! We are here to help advance your research and teaching, offering library resources/services and providing support for the effective use of educational technology in your teaching.

On our beautiful campus, you’ll find four library facilities, which you can tour (virtually) in this short video. As of August 10, most public spaces in our facilities are available to people wearing masks or other approved face coverings. Please visit our Fall 2020 plan or video to learn how to access to our buildings at this time.

Images of Rose and Carrier Libraries

Here is how you can get the most from JMU Libraries’ services and programs as you make JMU your academic home:

Online/Hybrid Teaching, Instructional Design, and Educational Technologies

  • Learn the basics of teaching online at JMU: Consult our Guide to Online & Hybrid Teaching at JMU.
  • Develop your skills in online or hybrid teaching: Take an online workshop about teaching online and related topics.
  • Consult with an instructional designer or educational technologist: Talk with our skilled and friendly experts about course design, digital projects, and much more. Start with our Consultation and Instruction Form.
  • Get the equipment you need: Borrow audiovisual equipment, including microphones, projectors, and more.Audiovisual Equipment
  • Use classroom technology: Visit our Classroom Technology page to learn about the technology and equipment installed in each classroom on campus. Watch a video with a virtual “tour” of how most classroom technology will be set up this fall.
  • Get tech support for Canvas and other learning technologies: Visit our Library Tech Support page to seek technical assistance during our service hours, or refer to the Canvas Instructor Guide.
  • Get help with recording video or audio: Request remote or in-person support from Media Production Services by using the Consultation and Instruction Form and selecting “Media Production” as the category.
  • Experiment with 3D printing, sewing, and more: When they are open again, check out our makerspaces! Soon, you’ll be able to visit The Makery in Rose and Carrier for a peek into the making, crafting, and creative pursuits we support.

Library Resources and Services

Other Teaching and Technology Resources

Beyond the Libraries, you may want to reach out to the Center for Faculty Innovation (CFI) for resources related to teaching and JMU Information Technology (IT) for resources related to certain technologies. Here is an incomplete list of some of the things these offices can help you with:

  • CFI: Engage in faculty-driven programs and services that provide with you support for your multidimensional role as a teacher, scholar, leader, and adviser.
  • JMU IT: Get help with your eID, Duo, your JMU email, campus wifi, SharePoint, MyMadison, Pulse Secure VPN, and other computing topics. See also JMU IT’s info for new faculty.

We’re Here to Help

Starting something new in a time of great change can be strange and overwhelming, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Whether you have a question about a book, your Canvas course, or how to find the best primary source on the history of JMU, we in the Libraries are here for you. Not sure who to ask? Visit our Ask the Library page to use our live chat or send us a message.

Rose Library Exterior

Originally published on August 13, 2020. Last updated September 2, 2020.

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