Faculty library support guide

Librarians are your partners in academic instruction. We work with departments to embed academic skills into assignments and teach students how to critically navigate the research process. Librarians are also available to support your research. We work with researchers to assist with all aspects of research, from conducting research to navigating publishing rights.

Teaching support

Contact your Liaison Librarian to request the following services:

  • Research skills workshops:
    Librarians teach students important academic skills tied to your assignments (research process, evaluating resources, databases, peer review). Many Departments create space for library instruction sessions during class or tutorial time.

  • Assignment design consultation:
    We work with faculty to design the research components of your assignments. Students will receive the appropriate support from A-level to D-level courses, to succeed in the research process.

  • Custom course research guide:
    Librarians create tailored research guides that are directly embeddable into your course’s Quercus site.

  • Training for Teaching Assistants (TAs):
    Librarians train TAs to support students with research assignments. Skills may include finding scholarly and non-scholarly resources, evaluating resources, developing and focusing a topic, etc.

  • Course readings:
    The library will embed online course readings into the Quercus Library Course Reserves module, including links to online articles and other Internet resources, scanned pages from books, and links to print titles in the catalogue. To request course readings to be posted to Quercus, email the course syllabus to your Liaison Librarian or readinglist-library@utsc.utoronto.ca.

  • Request an item for purchase:
    Contact your Liaison Librarian or request that the library purchase materials such as books, films, articles, and more to support your instruction​.

  • Copyright support:
    Contact us to ensure you are following appropriate Copyright guidelines when using and assigning resources for your classes.

  • Course and film reserves:
    The library can place many items on reserve (short term loan) for your classes, and we can hold films for you so that they will be available on a certain date for you to show in class.

  • Additional library support:
    Information on supporting teaching and library resources for faculty.

Research support

  • Collaborate with the Digital Scholarship Unit:
    The Digital Scholarship Unit helps with data and digital research design, digital pedagogy, and stewards the unique collections and research data of all UTSC departments.

  • Publishing support:
    Our Scholarly Communication Librarian can help you with Author's Rights, Open Access, Digital Preservation, and more.

  • Research Assistant (RA) training:
    Your Liaison Librarian can work with your Research Assistants to ensure they have the research skills to support your work.

  • Request an item for purchase:
    Contact your Liaison Librarian or request that the library purchase materials to support your research needs.

  • UTSC InfoExpress:
    UTSC InfoExpress is a premium document delivery service, available exclusively to UTSC faculty. InfoExpress retrieves books, articles and other primary materials and delivers them right to your office or inbox.

  • Scholarly communication and copyright:
    University of Toronto Libraries’ Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office (SCCO) offers information to faculty, researchers, and students on the issues surrounding the dissemination and communication of scholarly information, including author rights, open access, policies of funding agencies and copyright.

For additional teaching or research support, please contact your Liaison Librarian to learn more about what the library can do for you.