Services for Faculty
IC librarians develop relationships with instructors in order to provide appropriate services and resources to meet the information needs of faculty members and students. There are specific librarians assigned to IC schools and departments. Your subject librarian can work with you on classes, research, or anything else.
Librarian services include the following:
- Creating custom research guides for broad subject areas, specific classes, or assignments
- Assisting in developing research assignments
- Providing class-specific or assignment-specific library instruction
- Providing library orientation to new faculty members
- Acquire materials in support of teaching and learning (in 2020, library funds are being used solely to pay for database subscriptions)
Assigning a paper that requires library research? A subject librarian can visit your class via Zoom to help your students find the resources by introducing them to:
- doing research at the college level
- effectively finding and evaluating information
- finding popular and scholarly resources relevant to a specific assignment
- basic and advanced searching of library resources such as the main library search and subject-specific databases
- citing sources in appropriately in specific styles
The library offers a suite of short interactive tutorials. At the end of each tutorial, there is a form that lets students notify their professors via email that they’ve worked through the tutorial.
Please use Leganto to place items on reserve and to create course reading lists. For physical items, please use Leganto’s "digitization" link, shown in the screenshot below.
If you have a personal copy of an item that is not in the library, you may be able to scan it yourself with a phone app. Many apps will even OCR the text for better accessibility. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org and then drop off your item in the book return at the library entrance.
You may request the digitization of multimedia materials for course use using the "digitization" link in Leganto as described above. Please email email@example.com with questions.
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that are freely available for faculty and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse. As such, OER may be useful when you need to adapt your course content when face-to-face instruction is disrupted. Examples of OER include learning content (lesson plans, assignments, textbooks, exams, and videos) as well as tools for learning (software for creating videos and websites and training materials).
See the library’s OER Guide for more information.
Copyright & Permissions
Data-driven research has become increasingly common, which results in researchers having questions about what to do with their data. Federal grants in particular have requirements for making data accessible, and other funders and groups have similar rules in place. Even if access to data is not mandated by the terms of a grant or institution, a researcher may still want to consider sharing their data. As files and formats change over time, ensuring the long-term survival of research data is also a concern.
Creating a Data Management Plan
The first step to long-term data management is to create a data management plan. A librarian may be able to help you with this. You’ll need to think about your data in order to determine the best format and method for storing it. For example, what is the context of your data? What format is it in? How could it be used in the future? Is there sensitive/confidential information in your data? There are many other considerations in creating a data management plan as well. If you'd like to read more on data management plans or see examples, check out DMPTool.
Storing Research Data
Once you have a plan, you'll have a better idea of where and how to store your data. At Ithaca College, our Digital Commons is able to host data sets. Data on the Digital Commons is search-engine optimized, shared with the larger Digital Commons community, and easily accessible. The Digital Commons also tracks usage, so you will be able to tell how often people view your data. If you prefer to go with another option, there are many available online. Sites like re3data.org can help you find other data repositories.
Data Management Tools
Creating a Data Management Plan
Prepping your Data
- Open Refine - An open source tool for data transformation and cleanup.
- Nesstar Publisher - Data and metadata conversion tools to prepare your data for publication.
Analyzing your Data
- R - Free statistical analysis program with a bit of a learning curve.
- SPSS - Statistical analysis program available on library computers.
- Tableau Public - Free data visualization software. Allows you to create interactive, embeddable graphics.
- Raw - A fairly simple web-based application for creating and customizing data visualizations.
- Exhibit - Open source software to create interactive, data-rich websites. Best for location-related datasets.
The library can help you showcase your own work and that of your students. Talk to us about the Digital Commons, an online platform that exposes IC scholarship to the world.