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Faculty Support: Textbook Affordability

One way that faculty can help reduce the cost of a college education and positively impact student academic performance is to remove the barrier of high cost, commercially produced textbooks. There are several options for faculty to support textbook affordability efforts.

To date, UCF faculty have taught over 500 classes using open or library-sourced materials, in turn reaching almost 35,000 students and potentially saving them just over $3,200,000.* *Savings are calculated as cost of a new book by number of course enrollments as of Spring 2020.

For more information:

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Faculty Support: Online Graduate & Postdoc Workshops

Each semester the UCF Libraries offer workshops for graduate and postdoctoral researchers as part of the College of Graduate Studies Pathways to Success program.

Please let your students know about these online workshops. For fall 2020 all workshops will take place virtually through Zoom. Students can register by logging in at myUCF – Student Center – Graduate Students – Pathways to Success

Details and a full listing of library workshop sessions: For questions or to request a customized workshop, please contact Corinne Bishop, UCF Graduate Engagement Librarian.

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Faculty Support: John C. Hitt Library Expansion Updates

The John C. Hitt Library has re-opened with limited in-person and virtual services for the fall semester. We wanted to update you on some new spaces and re-location on some services. We have a beautiful, new main entrance on the Student Union Plaza side. Once you enter you will find the new and bigger Circulation Desk. Our “legacy” entrance (near the reflecting pond) is still available too.

The LibTech Desk (originally on the third floor), is now located on the main floor at what used to be the Circulation Desk (right inside the legacy entrance). New this semester is an amazing new Reading Room on the 4th Floor with 270-degree views of the campus!

John C. Hitt hours for fall semester: Monday-Thursday, 8AM – 6PM; Friday, 8AM – 5PM; Saturday, 10AM – 6PM; Sunday, Noon – 6PM.
• 21st Century Library Expansion:
• Updates on Services:
• Remote Resources:

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Faculty Support: What are persistent links and why should I use them?

Incorporating library resources such as streaming video, eBooks and journal articles into your course is a great way to lower the cost of course materials and create engaging content. Our extensive collections you can help you bring your subject to life through diverse perspectives and real-world examples.

Allow your students to access content with one link whether they are on or off campus by creating a persistent link.

For more information on creating persistent links, check out our guide at:

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Faculty Support: JoVE Science Education now available!

UCF has invested in a one-year subscription to JoVE Education. Demos will be held August 3rd, 5th, and 7th with an overview of the JoVE STEM video resources available through this subscription. A detailed access list is available here:

Interested?  Register here through Eventbrite Recordings of the demos will be made available for those unable to attend.

Access JoVE through the following steps:

  1. Go to JoVE through the Libraries’ links
    1. Link to JoVE via this URL: 
    2. Navigate via the Libraries Database list
      1. Start from the Libraries home page
      2. Click the Databases button
      3. Search for “Jove” or click J to browse to Jove in the list of databases
      4. Click on JoVE Science Education. 
  2. You may be asked to log in via UCF’s Federated ID login.
  3. After you make it into the JoVE Science Education database, click on the red link at the top left hand side of the page titled, “Remote Learning.” You are now on the Faculty Resource Center page.
  4. Select the link labeled, “Set Up Remote Access.”
  5. Scroll down and look for the link labeled, “Setting Up JoVE Content in Canvas.” You will be taken to a pdf that has step by step instructions on how to access videos and to embed them into Canvas. A “Using JoVE with Canvas” video is also available.

CAVEAT: UCF subscribes to JoVE Science Education only.  The JoVE site includes content that we cannot access through the subscription. UCF cannot access the content in the Research tab on JoVE’s site.

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