CORONAVIRUS : LIBRARY SERVICES

CORONAVIRUS : LIBRARY SERVICES

Drew University continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Please refer to the campus resource site for the latest campus information.

This page will provide updates on the status of library and instructional technology services within the university’s COVID-19 response. This information is current as of 4pm, Thursday, March 26, 2020 and is subject to change at any time.

  • DVT and COVID-19 Resources (LibGuide): This guide compiles newly available resources, either by trial or offered by vendors to aid in remote and online teaching and learning. Contact kjuliano@drew.edu or your subject librarian for further information
  • Primary Sources Guide (PDF): Drew University has access to a variety of primary source databases that can be accessed online. These are accessible through the links in this document or through the alphabetical list of resources available on the Drew library website. (Licensed resources require a Drew University log-in).
  • Expanded Chat Hours: 9 am – 9 pm Mon-Thurs, 9 am – 5 pm Friday, and 7-9 pm Sunday

Building Access: To minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Library and Methodist Archives buildings remain closed until further notice. Although the buildings are closed, your library and instructional technology colleagues will continue to support the university community with a range of services to enable and enhance remote teaching and learning.

Access to Information Resources: See drew.edu/library for remote access to electronic resources, including journal articles and e-books. For instructions, refer to the Remote User Services page. Instructors are encouraged to replace physical resources with digital resources where possible, using materials that are available in the library’s full-text databases or that are freely available online. Library resources can be linked directly from Moodle. Use the Library Resource Request Form or the Media Resource Request Form to submit requests for course-related materials.

Research Help and Consultation: Start with the Ask a Librarian page for Zoom appointments and open office hour schedules. If the chat service is offline, forward your question via email, and we will reply as soon as we are able. Note that Library Chat is also available from Moodle. Contact Reference and Research Services: reference@drew.edu or (973) 408-3588

Library Instruction: Contact your Library subject liaison via chat, e-mail, or Zoom (by appointment) for consultation on integrating digital sources into remote courses, to schedule a Library instruction session with remote classes, and to plan library assignments designed for remote learners. Librarians and archivists may also be offering virtual office hours via Zoom.

Circulation and Reserves: Please keep any Library material you have until we are open. We are expanding digitization of print materials for online access, with priority given to reserve materials. Use this form to request scanning services. If you are requesting a scan of an entire work, please use the Library Resource Request Form. Capacity to process holds, recalls, and reserves may be limited depending on conditions at the university and the availability of Library staff. Because we are asking you to keep checked-out library materials during this time due dates will be extended and no fines will be assessed. Contact Circulation: library@drew.edu or (973) 408-3486

Inter-Library Loan: During Drew Virtual Time, we will continue to request articles and book chapters that can be fulfilled electronically, but we will not be placing requests for loans of books or other returnable items. Patrons who currently have ILL loans can request a renewal by logging into your ILL account. Any overdue fees accrued during the coming weeks will be waived. Contact: ill@drew.edu or (973) 408-3474,

Special Collections and Archives: During Drew’s move to virtual business operations, the Methodist Archives building and Wilson Reading Room will be closed to the public. Remote services are available to faculty, students, and researchers during this time. This includes scanning of items from Special Collections, University Archives, and the Methodist Library as well as research assistance via email. You can also set up a virtual consultation to integrate archival and primary source content into remote courses, schedule an instruction session for your remote class, and plan assignments or research projects for remote learners. Drew also has a number of online primary source databases that are available to all students and faculty. If you have any queries, questions, or needs please email the Special Collections Department at speccol@drew.edu or University Archives at archives@drew.edu.

Computers and Printing: Shared computers and printers are unavailable while the building is closed. Instructors may need to revise policies as needed to allow electronic submission of assignments.

Instructional Technology and Media Resource Center: See drew.edu/itus for service updates, hours, and contact information.

Computer Help Desk: University Technology Help Desk staff and students are working remotely. Service updates, hours, and contact information are available on the UT website

Center for Academic Excellence (CAE): CAE appointments are converted to online. See WCOnline landing page for updates to CAE resources. See also CORONAVIRUS: CAE RESOURCES