The primary mission of Kirk Library is to support teaching and learning. We offer the following instructional support and library services to our faculty:
Faculty can request library instruction sessions for their classes. Depending on the
needs of the class, class time may be a few minutes for a very brief visit or the
whole class hour for active learning. Librarians will work with classroom faculty
to schedule the best time for the library instruction session and determine what information
literacy skills students need to successfully complete their assignment and the appropriate
amount of time for each instruction session.
Library instruction topics may include:
- Research Process:Refining topics
- Search Strategies:Choosing keywords and search methods
- Finding books using library catalog & ebook collections
- Finding articles using online research databases
- Evaluating Information:What are scholarly (research-based) articles
- How to evaluate websites
- Introduction to library resources
- Other topics as requested
We subscribe to LibGuides, a Web 2.0 content management and website publishing system created by SpringShare, to support faculty instruction and student learning. Faculty can request a Research Guide to create an online course guide to help students complete their research needs for that class. Librarians will work with faculty to recommend research sources as well as provide technical expertise (we can build the Research Guide for you with your input or you can build it yourself).
The LibGuide platform allows you to:
- Organize core and relevant resources that your students will need to successfully complete assignments for your class.
- Show RSS and podcast feeds to get the most recent postings from your favorite professional blog and news sites (NPR, CNN, etc.).
- Embed videos from Films on Demand, YouTube, or other educational videos from open sources (Khan Academy, TED Talks, Academic Earth, etc.).
- Link to ebooks, articles, and videos from the library’s online databases.
- Direct students to Kirk Library for research assistance.
- Research Guides can be integrated into your online Canvas classroom.
Textbooks will not be purchased, though other required and supplementary materials may be purchased following the guidelines of the library’s collection development policy.
Request Library Purchase
These items are available only at the Circulation Desk and must be borrowed with a valid photo ID.
Email Hyesoo Albright or call 360-623-8110 for more information or to place items on Course Reserves.
The Library encourages the adoption of open education practices, including the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) whenever possible. Talk to your subject librarian about resources and practices for your courses. Ryer Banta is the library's open education lead. In this role he handles advanced open education questions, and initiatives including leading Centralia's Open Education Team.
Check out OPEN Washington, an Open Educational Resources (OER) network. This website is "dedicated to providing easy pathways for faculty to learn, find, use and apply OER."
The Kirk Library provides resources and advice for faculty wishing to incorporate copyrighted sources into their classes. We also can visit your class to teach about intellectual property, copyright, creative commons licenses, citations, and academic integrity.
Use the following forms to aid in determining legal use of copyrighted materials: