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Please see our Library Services Updates: Fall 2020 website for the most up-to-date information about using library services remotely.

Library Services Updates: Fall 2020: Additional Faculty & Staff Services

Changes to Waidner-Spahr Library services in response to the move to online Fall 2020 courses will be posted here.

Online Access to Library Sources from Off Campus

Use links from the library website and always log in for full access. Your locally saved bookmarks may not work.

Most online library resources including e-books, e-journals, databases, and streamed films can be access from on or off-campus by logging in using your Dickinson username and password.

Library Research & Instructional Services

The college's librarians are available to assist faculty with planning for courses and research.  You can contact your liaison directly or submit your question via our general reference email account (

Research Assistance:

As you plan to incorporate research assignments into your fall courses, please contact your liaison librarian at any time for assistance.

Information Literacy:

Librarians will conduct information literacy sessions virtually, and can offer other forms of research assistance by email, phone, or video.  Options for instruction include:

  • Teaching information literacy sessions via Teams, Zoom, or Skype.
  • Creating worksheets, handouts, and assignments that help students learn research skills.
  • Helping you upload Information Literacy Tutorials to Moodle, with or without grading options.

In addition, please review our FYS Information Literacy Scaffold for a plan to incorporate information literacy into your First Year Seminar.

Using Moodle for Course Materials:
  • See our Moodle Best Practices page before posting material.
  • Be sure to use stable links to link directly to library resources, including articles, e-books/chapters, and videos. Simply copying the URL from your browser's address field will usually not work, but many databases and other e-resources have functions for creating and sharing stable URLs or "permalinks."  See Linking to Library Resources for more information.
  • Consider posting only the citations to online materials available through the library.  This will save you time and allow students to practice research basics.  Students can learn how to access library materials by watching our brief tutorials at:
  • Contact your librarian if you have trouble posting library material to Moodle.

Copyright Questions for the Online Environment: Is this Fair Use?

General Guidance:

For general guidance on copyright, please see the library’s Copyright & Scholarly Communication guide. This guide includes a link to a “Fair Use Evaluator” tool that you can use to help you decide if your intended use qualifies as “fair use.”

Additional Resources:

Copyright questions arising from specific teaching situations may involve legal interpretation and should be directed to Kendall Isaac, General Counsel for the College.

Questions about coursepacks may be directed to the College Bookstore staff.

Contact Free Pick-up Service for Faculty and Staff

Dickinson faculty and staff may place requests for contact-free pickup of many of the print books and DVDs from the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Reference books and books digitized as part of the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service are NOT eligible for borrowing. See the HathiTrust guide for more information. 

Placing a Request:

Requests can be placed through JumpStart. Please limit the number of requested items per day to 5.


  • Sign in to JumpStart with your Gateway credentials.
    Sign In to JumpStart
  • Find the item you want and open the JumpStart record.
  • Click “Request Pick Up” from the Get Print/Physical Copy option.


  • Click ”Send Request” to finalize process.
Contact-Free Pickup:

Requested items will be checked out to you and you will receive an email when they are available for pick up. Available pick up times are Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Items will be in a bag labeled with your name and placed on shelving inside the vestibule of the library’s main entrance off High Street. Please maintain social distancing requirement when picking up your items.

Questions? Email

Required Course Materials for Fall (Reserves)

Supplemental Course Materials:

Physical reserves will not be possible in the fall. The library will attempt to provide online versions of supplemental course readings within the limits of availability and budgetary considerations. Supplemental materials are limited amounts of brief or optional readings that in the past you may have placed on “reserve” at the library.

Requests to scan articles and book chapters from library-owned print materials for research or teaching can be submitted via ILLiad.  Fair use and other applicable copyright laws and restrictions for these requests apply.

Linking to Library Resources:

Faculty are encouraged to link from Moodle to titles from the library’s extensive, existing ebook, journal, and primary source collections, found by searching JumpStart/library catalog.

See our Liking to Library Resources guide.

Required Course Texts:

Required course books should be ordered through the College Bookstore as soon as possible.  The Bookstore can provide and deliver course materials in many formats for you and your students. Ebook versions available through the Bookstore are often superior for teaching and learning, including special features that are not available in library-provided ebook versions.

Interlibrary Loan Services (Books, Articles, etc.)

Requesting a Loan:

Faculty and staff may request loans for print books, articles, chapters, etc. through ILLiad.

Loan Delivery:

Books will be delivered via contact-free pickup; article and chapter scans will be delivered electronically. Please keep in mind that request delivery times will be affected by service and staffing limitations at other libraries.


Interlibrary loan services for students will remain limited to articles and book chapters only during the fall semester.

Scanning Service for Faculty

Scanning of Print Materials:

Since 2017 the library has provided a scanning service of print materials held by the library to support faculty research and scholarship. This scanning service is now being expanded to provide electronic copies for supplemental course readings.

The library will scan articles and book chapters from our print collection and deliver the scans through the faculty member’s ILLiad account. Fair use and other applicable copyright laws and restrictions for these requests apply.

Submitting a Request:

Please submit your requests through your ILLiad account.

Fall Course Film Streaming Request Form for Faculty

The library will attempt to provide streaming versions of the films faculty need for fall 2020 courses. Due to the very high demand for streaming films, we ask that you complete a request form to initiate and expedite this process.  Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.

Before You Submit a Request:
  1. Check to see if the film is already available through one of the library's existing streaming film collections. These collections are listed on our Find Films page.
  2. Check to see if the library already owns the film on DVD or video tape.  Find the film by searching JumpStart, and note the call number, which you will be asked to provide on the request form.
Submitting a Request:

If the film is not available through an existing streaming service, you can request that the library attempt to provide a streaming version.

Submit your request using the Film Streaming Request Form.

Submit one request per form. Requests will be processed according to the dates that the films are required for courses. Fulfillment of requests is dependent upon available staffing and the provision of streaming versions cannot be guaranteed.