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Glean ideas from other teachers who use the New York Times in their classrooms: New York Times InEducation: Curriculum Ideas


Professional Development

Archives Hub - "descriptions of archives held at over 250 institutions in the United Kingdom.
NIH RePORTer (National Institute of Health) - Abstracts for federally funded biomedical research projects 1972-present. 
Dissertation Express (UMI) - Connect to Dissertation Express as an individual and purchase digital files or loose-leaf shrinkwrapped copies of dissertations using your credit card. 
PapersFirst (WorldCat Discovery)
ProceedingsFirst (WorldCat Discovery)

Recommended Reading
Changing Sea: The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project

Program Review Resources
Midwest PERL: Postsecondary Education Resource Library (Midwestern Higher Education Compact)


Information Literacy


"Information Literacy is a way of thinking."

-- Craig Gibson in Student Engagement and Information Literacy

Practitioners have yet to agree on a firm definition of information literacy.  Some consider it synonomous with library research skills.  Others believe it to be a set of information technology utilization skills.  In truth, information literacy includes both and much more.  It includes the articulation of an information need and a knowledge of the resources which will potentially meet that need as well as the ability to evaluate, synthesize, and ethically/legally use the sought after information.


Resources for learning more about information literacy:

Foster, Andrea L.  "Students Lack 'Information Literacy,' Testing Service's Study Finds."  The Chronicle of Higher Education. (October 17, 2006).  Appears in the Today's News column available online only and does require a password.  Contact Sabrina Riley for access information. 

Gibson, Craig, ed.  Student Engagement and Information Literacy.  Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2006.  (Call # 028.7071 St9 2006)

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000.

Information Literacy in the Disciplines.  Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, Instruction Section.

Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report.  Association of College and Research Libraries, 1989.

NASW & ASWB Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice.  National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, 2005.


Course Reserves

Provide equal access to required reading/viewing for your students. Books, articles, and audiovisual materials may be put on reserve at the Circulation Desk. Both library-owned and personal items may be put on reserve. The library provides audiovisual viewing facilities supporting VHS, DVD, CD, and more. One hour reserves are to be used in the library only. Two hour, one day, three day, and one week reserve items may be checked out.

Students and faculty may view current course reserve items in WorldCat Discovery by selecting Course Reserves in the dropdown menu under Search in the upper left hand corner.

See the Course Reserves Policy for more information.

Reserves Request Form
Course Reserves Policy

Teacher of Year Award

Union College Library is seeking nominations for the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award.

This award recognizes a Union College teacher's support of the library during the school year and grants him or her the opportunity to expand an area of the library's collection which is of particular professional interest.

Tom Toews, 2016 Library Teacher of the year, used the award to expand the library's collection of classics by Augustine and Josephus. While the library already owned English translations of several of these books, Toews was "particularly interested in the library having these volumes from the Loeb Classical Library as they provide the original language as well."

The 2016 winning nominee will be someone who:

  • Actively uses library resources for personal research
  • Promotes library use among students
  • Supports library-sponsored programs
  • Regularly recommends new materials for acquisition
  • Assists with maintenance of the collection through weeding

The winner will be announced during National Library Week, April 12-18, 2017, and will receive $500 spending credit toward his or her library materials requests for the 2017-2018 fiscal year beyond the regular divisional allocation.

To make a nomination (faculty may nominate themselves), submit the name along with one paragraph describing how the nominee meets the above criteria to Kieren Bailey.  E-mail, campus mail, and hand delivery all accepted.  Nominations will not be accepted after March 31, 2017.  The winner will be selected by the library staff.

Previous winners:
(Previous winners are eligible for a second award after five years.)

2016 Tanya Cochran (eligible again in 2021)
2015 Tom Toews (eligible again in 2020)
2014 Mike Mennard (eligible again in 2019)
2013 Frankie Rose (eligible again in 2018)
2012 Salvador Moguel (eligible again in 2017)
2011 Debbie Eno
2010 Mike Huckabee
2009 Tanya Cochran 
2008 Mark Robison 
2007 Edward Allen
2006 Joann Herrington
2005 Karl-Heinz Schroeder
2004 Kathy Bollinger


Free Open Access eTextbooks

Boundless (small fee charged)
CourseSmart (textbook  selection tool; discounted pricing)
Flatworld Knowledge
Lumen Learning
Merlot - The Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching 
Teaching Commons
OpenStax College