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Keep cool with summer course materials from UCF Libraries

Many of us are thinking about summer in a whole new way. It can be overwhelming to completely revise a course, especially in light of all the other changes in our lives right now. Imagine how this “new normal” might feel for our students, who may be adjusting to both online learning and a loss of income.

One way faculty can help is by using library materials or Open Educational Resources in lieu of a textbook. Replacing a textbook with no-cost materials removes a financial barrier and ensures students have access to course materials on day one. 

Even replacing one book can make a difference.

Here is a just a snapshot of some of the library resources we can provide to your students at no-cost.

Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to figure this out alone. Contact your Subject Librarian to set up a consultation.

Additional services for faculty are available at
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Still unsure of your next step or have a general question?
Virtual assistance is available through Ask-a-Librarian.

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Virtual Office Hours with Your Librarian

Your librarians are here to assist you virtually as we all learn to navigate being remote learners and teachers. Each librarian listed below is ready to help you with the subjects listed after their name. Each of those subjects links to a research guide for that subject. Most of the librarians listed below have set virtual office hours which are listed below their name and clicking on their name will lead you to their profile page and a link to their virutal office if they have one. Others have a link to set up an online appointment with them. If you need assistance with a subject not listed below or for other research questions, please contact Ask Us and a friendly librarian will be happy to assist you.

Introduction to Bookbinding

Introduction to Bookbinding

We hope all our students are adjusting to online learning and have everything they need to complete their semester. But we also hope everyone remembers to make time for some fun leisure activities too!

We originally had planned to host an Introduction to Book Binding workshop to celebrate National Library Week. It was a very popular workshop last year and we’re thankful our Book Conservator, Chris Saclolo, put together these instructions on how to create your own book from the comfort of your home.

Introduction to Bookbinding

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Faculty Support: We Have You Covered Text on Image of Open Book with Pen

Support our Students with Smart Summer Planning

We hope you are doing well with the all of the changes in how we work and how we teach. As you begin recovering from spring and moving into summer course planning, your friendly librarian is here to support you.

Many of our students are struggling with the loss of income due to the Coronavirus. One way you can pay it forward is by choosing course materials that are always free to our students, making textbooks one less thing they need to worry about. If you are updating your course for summer, we hope you will consider using either library-sourced materials or Open Educational Resources.

In recent weeks, many vendors have reached out with offers of free or reduced cost materials.  What is unclear is how long these offers will last. Open Educational Resources are a great option, with no expiration date on being free. To ensure that the library-sourced materials will be available throughout the semester, check with your subject librarian.

Sifting through all the possibilities can be overwhelming. Count on UCF Libraries to provide support every step of the way.

We can provide your class with a virtual library instruction session or you can assign information literacy modules with graded assignments on topics such as avoiding plagiarism, citing sources, or conducting an literature review.

Additional services for faculty are available at

Answers to more general questions about library services can be found at

To learn about Textbook Affordability efforts at UCF, visit

Downtown Library Feature: What’s a Poet Laureate?

Happy National Poetry month! Did you know that the United States has an official poet?

What is the United States Poet Laureate?

The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry — the full title — is the nation’s official advocate for the worth and impact of poetry. The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and may be elected for a second term. This position was established in 1937 under a different title with slightly different duties, funded through a private endowment from Archer M. Huntington. The current title was adopted in 1986.

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