The library operates a reserve collection of books in heavy demand for course-related readings. Faculty members may place materials on reserve for 2 hour, 1 day, or 3 day loan periods. If the Huron Library does not have the book you wish for reserve, please note this in the Course Reserve Request Form. Purchase decisions are made in conjunction with the Collection Policy of Huron University College Library.
Please submit your requests in our online form by the following deadlines:
- Fall Term - September 1
- Winter Term - December 12
Materials submitted after these deadlines will be processed as quickly as possible, but we cannot guarantee immediate availability. For any questions concerning course reserves, please contact our Coordinator, User Services, Christina Vivinetto.
Course Readings on OWL:
Please contact your administrative assistant for more information on assistance with embedding electronic readings and resources within your OWL course site.
Thank you for visiting this page. My name is Colleen Burgess, Huron's Teaching and Learning Librarian. I look forward to collaborating with you! Currently I am on leave, in my stead please contact our interim Teaching and Learning Librarian, Rachel Melis.
My pedagogical approach: As a former secondary school teacher of English turned academic librarian, my research interests are in the pedagogy of Information Literacy (IL) instruction, feminist pedagogy, and critical practice. My approach to instruction is informed by my research and involves a collaborative approach in which I partner with you to determine how, where, and when to integrate formal information literacy and research skills instruction into your courses.
The classes I teach are designed to include:
- Alignment with Western’s Degree Outcomes (WDOs), Western’s Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (ILLOs), and your specific Course Outcomes.
- A scaffolded plan to teach the research skills necessary for success in a forthcoming course assignment
- Pre & post-test assessment of student learning
- Active learning and blended learning techniques
Information Literacy Topics:
- Research as Inquiry: developing a research question & concept mapping one's thinking about a topic
- Authority is Constructed and Contextual: assessing authority and bias within a published scholarly work and within one's own approach to research
- Searching as Strategic Exploration: planning a search, keyword development, navigating information organization systems, divergent and convergent research thinking
- Scholarship as Conversation: information evaluation, citation methods/tools, joining the scholarly conversation, moving from a consumer of scholarship to a contributor
- Information Power Structures: hegemony in library cataloging and implications for research
If you're interested to collaborate together on one of your courses, please contact:
Rachel Melis, Teaching and Learning Librarian (Interim)
Coordinator of Research and Instructional Services
firstname.lastname@example.org or at ext. 235.
Library Collection Policy
The library collection at Huron supports the students’ learning experiences by making available materials that can help with background readings and essay writing. Selecting new materials to be added to the library collection is a collaborative effort involving the faculty and the library staff. The faculty is largely responsible for recommending the acquisition of publications within their areas of expertise, while the library is responsible for monitoring and coordinating the development of the collection as a whole. Purchase requests can be based on material found in catalogues, reviews, etc., and can be sent to Melissa Rapp, or dropped off in the library at the Acquisitions Office.
Faculty can also be set up with a personal profile with one of our book providers, based on courses offered and research interests. This generates a search in their database of new publications at regular intervals and the results will generate an email with a link to these publications. Recommendations for purchase can be made from these. If you are interested in this, please contact Melissa Rapp and she will, in consultation with you, set up a profile for you
Faculty & Staff Library Collection Notifications
A message from our Coordinator, Content and Collections, Melissa Rapp:
As your new Coordinator Content and Collections, I would like to resume the emailing of new titles on a monthly basis. The lists will be very similar to the way Bice did them. However, one new feature is the new titles will be hyperlinked to the OPAC where you can learn more about a title and easily place a hold. The first lists to go out will be rather extensive as they will cover May-September. Also, please feel free to drop by my office to browse new books. I am located behind the circulation desk.