To support online summer instruction, the university’s John M. Pfau Library will make every attempt to acquire all required e-books and textbooks, if available for institutional purchase with licensing provision.  The library has already received the summer quarter booklist from the campus bookstore, and the Course Reserves list was updated on June 19. 

Faculty who use print-only books owned by the library can submit a Course Reserve Scan Request.  Library staff will continue to accommodate scanning requests on a first-contact basis. 

Course reserve requests are processed in order of receipt, so if new materials are needed for summer quarter, requests should be submitted without delay. 

In addition, faculty who plan to use video as part of summer and/or fall instruction should send their requests for titles as soon as possible, so that needs can be assessed and prioritized accordingly.  Unfortunately, the library’s ability to license video that isn’t represented in one of our current streaming databases will be extremely limited due toanticipated funding shortfalls for AY 20/21. 

Library Workshops and Instruction 

The library continues to offer both synchronous and asynchronous support for online teaching and learning, including:

New Virtual Library Multimedia Center (LMMC)

Because of COVID-19 concerns, the center is scheduled to remain closed through fall semester.  LMMC faculty and staff are currently re-tooling services to enhance support of online learning. 

To that end, in the fall, the new Virtual Library Multimedia Center will launch, offering training to students who are required, as part of their courses, to create media projects.  

Training includes:

  • Brief “how-to” videos on a range of media-production topics;
  • Links to free media-production resources such as stock images, audio files, and reviews of multimedia equipment;
  • Tips on copyright related to DIY media production;
  • Zoom workshops on a variety of multimedia subjects; and
  • One-on-one Zoom consultations for students.

As the virtual learning environment evolves, the Pfau Library is prepared to meet new needs as they arise, ensuring a high quality of service and responsiveness to students, faculty, and staff. 

For questions about Course Reserves, contact Kim Wobick, Access Services Librarian, at; for e-book and textbook licensing inquiries, contact Lisa Bartle, Coordinator, Collections Development, at; for information on library workshops, contact Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, Coordinator of Library Instruction, at; and for questions about video requests or the LMMC, contact Barbara Quarton, Coordinator, Library Media Services, at