Services for Faculty

If you are not sure who to contact for any library-related request, please email and we'll make sure you hear back from the appropriate person. For the most current information about library services for JBU faculty, please see our Eaglenet page.

Remote Instruction Preparedness

The library is prepared to support remote instruction on a temporary or ongoing basis. The great majority of our books and journal articles are available online through our ebook collections and academic databases, and we can provide digital document delivery for articles and chapters from our print collections. Reference and instructional services are available remotely. We may be able to acquire ebook access of specific titles (varies by publisher). Contact your liaison librarian if you would like to discuss options for providing access to specific resources in case of remote instruction. If you have students who are taking classes remotely, you can refer them to our library resources for distance students or for students in isolation or quarantine.


We can provide library and research instruction sessions for classes to introduce your students to the tools and strategies for finding appropriate resources for their assignments and/or to cover other information such as bibliographic citation, plagiarism avoidance, the nature of academic publications, etc. Please provide a copy of your syllabus or assignment description. We find that instruction sessions are most productive when they are scheduled to coincide with a specific research assignment and when the classroom instructor attends and engages with the presentation. We are available to come to your class in person or meet your students remotely via Zoom


Contact the instructional services librarian or your college liaison librarian to request any of these services or discuss other ways that we can help your students succeed. 

Research Assistance

Librarians are available to help you or your students navigate library resources and find appropriate sources for any research project. Contact us by email, phone, chat, or in person if we can help.

If you want to make research consultations with a librarian a part of a particular assignment for your students, please email us to discuss the details. 

We would be also happy to give you a tour, either in person or virtually over Zoom, of the library's holdings that are most relevant to your area of teaching. Email us for an appointment. 

Embedded Librarian

A librarian may be added as a teaching assistant in your Blackboard class to make it easier for students to communicate with us about finding resources that are particularly relevant for your class. This happens automatically for some online undergraduate classes; otherwise you can contact the reference librarian or your college liaison librarian to request this service. 


Materials in the Reserve Collection are available for in-library use only for up to three hours at a time. The library automatically places on reserve most required textbooks for non-elective core classes. If you are going to assign all students in a class to research the same topic or advise many students to consult the same resource, we recommend placing relevant materials on reserve in order to ensure equitable access.

To place materials on reserve, deliver them to the circulation desk with the relevant course name and number. Please allow at least one full business day before materials need to be available to students (extra time may be required at the beginning of the semester or when a large number of items must be processed).

Faculty-owned items may be placed on reserve if the library does not own, or does not own sufficient copies, of the desired material. We regret that the library cannot assume responsibility for the condition of materials placed on reserve. Materials may be picked up at the end of the semester. If you wish to remove items from reserve earlier, please email us one day in advance so that we can remove them from our system before you retrieve them.

Library books on reserve are returned to their regular status and location at the end of each semester unless the faculty member notifies us that they wish to keep the same titles on reserve for the following semester. Please notify us at before finals week if you want to place the same materials on reserve for the next semester.

If you are placing copies of materials on reserve, you are responsible for determining that the copies comply with the fair use provisions of U.S. Copyright Law and for ensuring that the title and copyright holder are identified on the first page of the document. No more than five copies of a document may be placed on reserve.

Please be aware that we are normally not able to acquire multiple copies of the same book or article for different students in your class through interlibrary loan. Alternatives include placing an item on reserve, obtaining an ebook license (if available), or designating the item as a required textbook. Let us know what books you need your students to be able to access so that we can work with you to make them available to them. 

Collection Development

We depend on faculty members, as experts in your fields of study, to let us know what resources you and your students need to support the teaching mission of the university. Please use the Library Order Card (requires login) in Eaglenet to inform us of key resources in your field or valuable titles in the areas you teach.

If you become aware that our holdings are deficient in a particular subject area, but you do not have specific titles in mind to remedy that deficit, please bring it to the attention of one of our librarians. We will identify appropriate acquisitions to strengthen our coverage in that area.

Please also let us know if you are developing a new class, or changing the focus of an existing class, so that we can audit relevant library resources and identify whether acquisitions are needed to support your class.

Ebook Acquisition

Whether, and on what terms, a particular book is available as an ebook for the library market varies greatly depending on publisher policies. We are happy to investigate ebook availability of specific titles upon request. 

Journal Routing

Periodicals that the library receives in print can be routed to you by campus mail upon their arrival so that you can examine them before they are placed in the current periodical browsing area in the library. Contact the periodicals coordinator if you wish to request this service. 

Link Generator

Stable or document URLs or permalinks to articles found in databases like EBSCO, ProQuest, JSTOR, and Gale may not work for off-campus users without some modification. If you wish to share links to library electronic resources with students by email or on Blackboard, use this form to create proxy-enabled links to articles in library databases. 

Course Development Consultation

Librarians are happy to meet with you if you are developing or revamping a course to help identify supporting materials that may already be available in the library's collections or from open educational resource collections or that library can acquire to support your course. Using library resources (ebooks, videos, image collections, interactive study tools, etc.) to supplement or replace textbooks may reduce the cost for your students and help support a greater variety of learning styles. Contact a librarian if you would like to schedule a consultation.

Copyright Consultation

You can contact a librarian if you have questions about the use of copyrighted material for research, instruction, or related activities, or if you have questions about managing the copyright of materials that you or your students have created. We can provide you with information about the current state of copyright law, especially as relates to education. Please note: We are not lawyers and DO NOT offer legal advice. 

Liaison Librarians 

Contact the liaison librarian for your college for questions or suggestions about library resources for yourselves and your students.