RECAST | Library, Media, Learning Center support for Faculty; info to help your Fall planning

From: Mullins, Greg
Date: Aug 19, 2020, 5:28 PM -0700
To: All Faculty
Cc: All Staff

Hello faculty colleagues,

Good news! We’ve been building on successful support for remote learning, and expanding service in key areas such as curbside pick up of books and Chromebooks, and resumption of Summit resource sharing.

Please help us support you!

In short: we need to receive your support requests before Labor Day
, so that we can be prepared when students and faculty “return” for Fall. 

COVID-19 stretches and compresses time. The gift of your advance planning provides the time we need in library, media, technology, and other support areas to be able to review requests, assess what is possible, communicate with you toward solutions, make purchases, process materials, secure licenses, and guide students toward purchasing the devices and software they need. We support Tacoma, Olympia, and the Native Pathways Program, and all students graduate and undergraduate. For specific contact information scroll to the bottom.

QuaSR and Writing Center

Remote tutoring and some synchronous workshops are available in writing and quantitative reasoning. Remote tutoring is available to all students.
Scroll down for contact info (Blankenbiller for QuaSR; Birks for Writing Center) and for links to place in your syllabus/Canvas so that students know how to access tutoring.
Media Loan
We offer equipment kits on extended loans for approved fall programs. Access to equipment is physically-distanced pickup, by appointment.
Our normal loan policy (short loan periods/maximize access to equipment) is on hiatus. To maximize health and safety, we offer extended loan to a small number of students. I have directed Media Loan to prioritize:

  1. Advanced media courses/programs (earlier requests carry more weight than later requests)
  2. Capstone media work (can include ILCs)
  3. Pathway media courses/programs
  4. Media across the curriculum (non-media-centric courses/programs/ILCs/capstones)
  5. Other student, faculty, and staff use

For details/contact info, scroll down.

Media Instructional Support

Students: Media Services staff offer remote consultation and instruction. Requests are made via this page: 

Faculty: to request instructional support, review these guidelines, which provide a framework:

Make the request using this page:

Media Facilities: we do not offer lab, studio, darkroom, etc. access at this time.

Media Production support for College business and events

Evergreen Gallery: closed for now; stay tuned as ideas for virtual exhibits gestate.

Library Proper: doors will be closed through Fall Quarter. We offer robust electronic resources, as well as contactless pickup/drop off for books and Chromebooks. 

Course Materials 

The library purchases every required course text: e-book copies with the best licenses we can get, and physical books if e-books are not available. 

Some publishers will not allow libraries to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications, including:

  • Pearson 
  • Cengage 
  • McGraw Hill 
  • Oxford University Press 

Many other publishers, for example of popular fiction and non-fiction and many health sciences do not offer library-friendly licenses. If you assign material from such a publisher, you are requiring students to purchase rather than to borrow.

Please consider these access issues when you select texts. 

We can help you!

Together with Open Washington, we can help you find free and open learning materials. Consult with Ahniwa Ferrari, Associate Dean, as you plan your course/program.

We purchase course-supportive material!  Use this form:

Please submit your request(s) by Friday, September 4 to increase the likelihood that materials will be available the first day of classes. If you have questions, please direct those to

Streaming Media 

The library provides numerous streaming media platforms to meet your instructional needs. Please consult our Streaming Media & Art research guide.  If you need a title that is not already available in one of our streaming media services, contact our Electronic Resources Librarian, Ray Zill, to see if we can purchase a streaming license for that title.

Checking Out Library Materials 

Students, staff, and faculty who want to check out materials from the library, including Chromebooks and other media, will find the most up-to-date information on the library’s COVID-19 Operations page, located at:  

We will continue to provide curbside materials checkout through fall quarter, as public health conditions permit.

Students who aren’t in the area may contact us by email at to discuss alternate access modes for our materials. We will do our best in every case to get students access to the materials that they need to be successful in their studies.

Other Library Resources and Research Assistance 

Our library faculty provide instruction on using our resources, performing effective research, citing materials, and a broad range of other important topics. Our faculty also build and maintain resources guides for important subjects and specific courses. Email if you’d like to schedule an instruction session or ask us about building a research guide for your course or program. 

We also offer a 24-hour live chat service staffed by professional librarians. Students will find access to this service anywhere they see the green “Ask a Librarian” chat bubble, or may use the direct link at  

Library Research Guides and Databases
A list of our research guides may be found at 
A list of our research databases is available at 

Thank you for reading this far!

The Library partners with student services across the college; please look to the weekly message from the COVID communications team for updates.

The Learning and Teaching Commons at the Washington Center, Academic Technologies, Access Services, The Greener Bookstore, and many other offices have been working hard all summer to help the Fall Quarter launch successfully.

I will be on annual leave between Friday and Labor Day; the people and offices below are eager to answer your questions:

  • QuaSR: Margaret Blankenbiller
  • Writing Center: Ariel Birks
  • Media Loan: Shannon Stewart
  • Instructional Media: Ashley Williams
  • Media Production: Ben Hargett
  • Library Circulation: Jason Mock
  • E-book and open access questions: Ahniwa Ferrari
  • Electronic Resources and Media Streaming: Ray Zill
  • Book
  • Library Instruction:

Looking forward to Fall Quarter Online!


Greg A Mullins, PhD | Academic Dean for Instructional Support and Library & Media Services
(pronouns: he/him)

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