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Social Work

Social Work Library Guide

For Canvas and access to Library resources

If you need assistance accessing Library resources, you will need to contact the Identity and Privileges Office by completing this form: https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/borrow/access-privileges/contact-ipo/.

If you need assistance with Canvas, you will need to email the Canvas team: canvas@uchicago.edu.

 

Syllabus deadline and course reserves

  • Syllabi submitted to the Library prior to or by the deadline date will be processed first. The Library’s goal is to have these course reserves complete by the start of the Quarter.
  • Syllabi submitted after the deadline will be processed week by week.
  • Instructors will need to let the Library know the following information:
    • Which readings the instructor needs the Library to upload to Canvas, or alternatively if the instructor has posted the readings themselves let the Library know that there is no need to process course reserves for this quarter.
    • If there are any differences in the syllabi from the last time this course was taught. If no differences are indicated to the Library we will clone the course from the last time it was taught and consider it complete.
  • Instructors will also need to include complete citations with author, journal title, date published, and article title.

Electronic availability of books and chapters

  • Some books are unavailable for electronic license purchasing.
  • Some chapter requirements cannot be scanned due to copyright.
  • As a best practice, please check with the Library (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu) before indicating on your syllabus or communicating with your students that the books will be available through the library or course reserves.
  • To make sure instructors have the books that are needed prior to the Quarter starting, instructors will need to contact the Library with the list of books needed for their course (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu).

Copyright

  • The Social Service Administration pays copyright for any course reserves over 2 chapters or more than 20% of the work.
  • SSA will not pay for more than 30% of a work to be scanned. Anything more than that is considered a required text.

Electronic license to books

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library will prioritize purchasing electronic licenses for books needed for course reserves. The sooner the Library is informed of what books are needed, the sooner we can purchase them. Instructors may contact the Library (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu) with requests for eBooks to purchase for course reserves prior to submitting syllabi to expedite the process.
  • Even if a book has an eBook on book retail sites (such as Kindle or Nook), this is not the same as the publisher allowing the purchase of institutional electronic license options. Instructors will need to ask the Library if the books needed are available for electronic license purchasing.

Video streaming license

  • Please reach out to the Library (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu) for questions about videos for your course as soon as possible.
  • Sometimes vendors do not offer institutional license options for us to purchase, in this case the video would not be available, and students will have to acquire the video themselves.
  • As a best practice, please check with the Library (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu) before indicating on your syllabus or communicating with your students that the videos will be available for streaming/viewing through the library or course reserves.
  • Streaming licenses are typically offered for 1 year or 3 years.
  • Videos taught in the past may not be available any longer. Instructors should contact the Library (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu) to confirm the videos needed for their course are still available. The license may have to be purchased again if it has expired.
  • Please indicate if you intend to use the video for future courses so that the appropriate streaming license can be purchased.

Required and recommended reading

  • The Library will only process required readings and will not process recommended readings.
  • The SSA Librarian does provide instruction sessions to courses upon request to educate students on how to locate articles and books, as well as how to navigate databases, manage citations, and request materials via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors may contact the Library (ssad@lib.uchicago.edu) and request that the Library purchase electronic licenses for specific books that are recommended and not required reading.