Embedded Library Services in Blackboard
Bring the Library directly into your Blackboard classroom environment with Embedded Library Services. You choose how deep our services and resources exist in your course.
Level One: The MSU Library Button
Every new Blackboard course shell includes the "MSU Library" course menu button, which you can choose to delete. This button provides direct access to our Library homepage and online databases. Your students will not need to authenticate (log in) again to access our resources off campus.
Level Two: Course Menu Button to a Specialized Research Guide
Specialized research guides, also called LibGuides, can assist students' research by focusing on the unique topics and resources your research assignments demand. A simple link on your Blackboard course menu can direct students to the specialized LibGuide. Ask us about options for collaboration on building such a LibGuide for your assignments.
Level Three: Library Tutorials in Course Content
The Library is currently working on new online research tutorials. Check back in the future or contact Karla Aleman at 606-783-5114 for more details.
Level Four: Discussion Board Thread for Questions
If you use your Blackboard discussion board threads for students' questions, a designated research help thread may be just what you need. Simply add one of our Research Services staff members or Librarians to your course as a TA, and we will monitor the discussion thread and answer questions as they arise.
Level Five: Full Discussion Board Monitoring
If you have multiple discussion board threads filled with students' questions, you can also add a Librarian to your course as a TA to monitor multiple threads and answer students' research questions as they arise.
Level Six: Live/Recorded Instruction Sessions in Blackboard
If you are interested in bringing in a Librarian to speak directly to your students about research, you can set up a live or prerecorded Wimba session with your Librarian Liaison and/or the Distance Instruction Librarian. We do accommodate other video conferencing tools, if you do not prefer Wimba.
Level Seven: Assignments in Partnership with Librarians
Many in-depth research assignments require multiple steps to create that final product. You can collaborate with a Librarian to develop relevant, foundational assignments to assist students in the research process. You can also add a Librarian to your course as a TA, and we will grade these assignments and provide feedback for students as they progress through the research process.
Who to Contact
Please contact Karla Aleman, Distance Instruction Librarian, at 606-783-5114 or email@example.com to coordinate Library services in your Blackboard course. You may also contact your department's Librarian Liaison to arrange instruction.
Please refer to the Library Resources in Blackboard guide for instructions on how to set up and use various Library resources in Blackboard.
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