Services for Faculty

Library Instruction Request

The Library offers instruction on library research for undergraduates and graduate students, tailored to courses, assignments and students' research topics. Please use this form to submit a request for library instruction for each session requested.

Course Reserves

Do you have supplemental readings for your classes beyond required textbooks? The library can manage course reserve materials in electronic or physical formats.

Electronic reserves provide your students with 24-7 online access to supplemental readings via the library's e-reserves system.

Physical reserves may include personal copies or library copies of books, videos, CDs, or other materials that you want readily available at the library for your students. You may also place photocopies of articles or book chapters on reserve, so long as these copies comply with U.S. copyright laws and fair use guidelines.

More information about library course reserve policies and a reserve request form are available at: Reserves.

Faculty: Placing items on Reserve

Please call the Circulation Desk at 308-865-8599 for additional assistance with course reserves. For information on how to comply with copyright laws in an educational setting, please contact Dr. Ron Wirtz at 308-865-8592, or visit the Copyright Clearance Center.

Class Instruction & Visits

Librarians are available to provide instruction in the use of library resources to your classes. These instruction sessions can help students clarify their research topics, identify appropriate print and electronic sources, use sources with greater proficiency, and cite their sources to avoid plagiarism. Instruction sessions can be either general orientations or tailored presentations emphasizing resources for a particular discipline, class, or assignment.

Librarian led instruction may be held in one of the library's two computer labs or in other classrooms on campus. To arrange an instruction session or class visit, please call Ron Wirtz at (308) 865-8692, contact your librarian, or schedule online.

To arrange instruction for general orientations and introductions for area school and community groups, please contact:

Lindsay Brownfield
Tel: (308) 865-8853

Open Educational Resources

(OER) "are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

(Definition from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation)

Subject Librarians

Meet the librarian assigned to your department and get an orientation to the resources available through the library. Librarians also offer research consultation appointments for faculty members. If you would like to request a course guide, please contact the appropriate subject liaison.

Research Tutorial & Guides

The Library Research Tutorial provides an overview of library research tools and services via Canvas. This online learning experience allows students to learn or refresh their information literacy skills at their own pace, outside of classroom time, and self-assess their skills and understanding of key concepts.

Need assistance conducting a literature review or updating course reading lists? Faculty librarians will be happy to assist you with identifying recommended sources. To arrange a consultation, please contact your librarian. Looking for a few recommended article databases or e-books in your subject discipline? Try one of the library's research guides. Customized research guides may also be requested for use with your on-campus or online classes. Please contact your librarian for more information.


Publishing & Scholary Communication: A guide to understanding and locating impact factors and other qualities of scholarly journals.

Recommend a purchase: The Calvin T. Ryan Library welcomes faculty recommendations for additions to its collections.

Choice Reviews Online: Choice is a publishing unit of ACRL dedicated to providing the academic library community with the tools and services it needs, through a variety of resources including Choice magazine and the Choice Reviews database. Founded in 1964, Choice now reaches more than 18,000 librarians, faculty, and key decision makers connecting the three principal groups of the academic library market: librarians, patrons, and content providers. (Description is from Choice website)

Delivery Service

Faculty may request items to be delivered to their office by locating the item in the library catalog and clicking on the "Request Delivery to Faculty Offices" button on the right side of the screen. Login to the "My Library Account" screen as prompted, then choose the "Delivery" option and click Submit. Library items are normally delivered within one day during regular office hours.

Proxy Borrower Cards

Faculty may set up a Proxy Borrower Library Account so that student or graduate assistants may check out books in their name. This account will be separate from their regular account. Faculty must fill out a Proxy Borrower Form for each assistant they wish to have check out books. The assistant will be issued a Proxy Borrower Card that they must present to check books out to the proxy account.

Persistent Links to E-Resources

What are persistent links (or permalinks)?

Persistent links are stable, unchanging URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) ideal for linking to library catalog records and e-resources from within Canvas course pages, e-reserves, emails, browser bookmarks, and other documents used for instruction. These may also be referred to as permanent links, permalinks, or durable or stable URLs.

Why should I use persistent links?

Using persistent links to library catalog records and database articles can offer key advantages: Persistent links rarely change, simplifying maintenance of Canvas pages and other instructional documents. Links to general Internet sites, on the other hand, may change without notice.

Persistent links to library e-resources resolve issues of copyright compliance, since no actual copies are made. To download, store and distribute copyrighted materials online often requires permission of the publisher and/or author. The use of persistent links does not require such authorization.

NOTE: Not all library databases are capable of utilizing persistent links! Please contact a librarian for assistance with databases not listed inside this brochure at:

Quick Steps to Persistent Links

  1. Start at the library homepage -
  2. Go to “Resources” on the navigation bar, then click on “Articles & Databases” to select a database to search.
  3. Search for articles and locate the persistent link, or permalink, for those articles you wish to keep.
  4. Copy and paste the persistent link(s) into your e-mail, document or Canvas course.
  5. If necessary, edit the persistent link to include UNK’s proxy information for off-campus access:
    Insert a in front of the URL.
    For example: