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Services for Faculty

Library Instruction Sessions

Library instruction sessions are provided for faculty and classes as requested.  The librarians at Shake Library will work with you to determine the unique needs of your class and tailor instruction to meet those needs.  To schedule, please click the link below to fill out the Library Instruction Request Form. Have questions? Contact the liaison librarian for your college directly.  Please schedule at least two weeks in advance to allow time for librarian preparation. Please Note: There are no classrooms in the Library available for scheduling. 

Topics in which librarians can provide instruction include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic Library Skills

  • Print and Electronic Resources

  • Research Databases

  • Subject-Specific Resources

  • Evaluating Information (Information Literacy)

Request Library Instruction

To request Library Instruction, please click the link below and fill out the form.

Library Packet, Guides, & Assignments

The Librarians of Shake Library have put together general subject guides to assist with class research. To view these guides, check out our Subject Guides & Research Help page.

To request a guide or library assignment on a specific subject, please contact the liaison librarian for your college directly.

We have also created online tutorials to introduce your students to Shake Library's online resources and how to evaluate resources. You can share them on Blackboard by simply posting the link. We'll even grade these online assignments for you and send you the results! 

  • Evaluating Resources: This tutorial starts with a video which explains the CRAAP method that students can use to evaluate resources. Next, students will have the opportunity to practice evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of two websites, with the goal that they will feel more competent doing so after learning what strengths and weaknesses they should use to evaluate information.
  • How to Find Information In the Library: This tutorial uses three modules to explain how students may find resources with Shake Library's online catalog, OneVU, as well as our online databases. The tutorial is created in such a way where the modules may be assigned separately.
  • Library Research Tutorial: This tutorial walks students through the research process with six modules designed to develop information-seeking and evaluation skills. The tutorial is created in such a way where you may assign the modules separately. The entire tutorial takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

We also have PDF packets of worksheets which cover library skills and information literacy.

To download click here:

Blackboard Guides

Looking for ways to add Library resources to your Blackboard courses? Check out our guides below to learn how to link eBooks and articles from our databases to your Blackboard courses. For assistance with Blackboard, please contact Blackboard Technical Support at 812-888-5750 or

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are digital textbooks, activities, videos, and other classroom tools that are freely available to other educators to use and/or edit in their own classroom. Using these tools helps to reduce the burden placed on students when purchasing the required materials for their classes. Here are a few resources to get you started:

  • BC Campus OpenEd: BC Campus OpenEd is a collection of openly licensed textbooks and are offered in various e-book formats free of charge, or print on demand books available at cost. These textbooks are aligned with the top 40 highest-enrolled subject areas in the province as well as textbooks targeting  trades and skills training.
  • OER Commons: OER Commons is a hub that allows professors to use and create educational resources, such as textbooks, videos, lesson plans, and activities to use in the classroom, free of charge.
  • Open Textbook Library: Created by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network, all textbooks in the Open Textbook Library are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. They have also been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. This library currently includes 714 textbooks, with more being added all the time.
  • OpenStax: OpenStax is a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University. They publish high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print.
  • Milne Open Textbooks: Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants. They publish high-quality, cost-effective course resources with faculty as authors and peer-reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure.

Shake Library Reserve Collection 

In placing items on Reserve at Shake Library, Vincennes University, I agree I am responsible for acting in compliance with the Copyright Law, Title 17, U.S. Code. 
“U.S. Copyright Office - Fair Use.” 2012. June.

Course Reserve Information 

  • You should allow 24 hours from receipt of request for items to be processed and placed on the reserve shelves for checkout. 
  • Please fill out the Shake Library Course Reserve Request Form completely to ensure correct processing. 
  • The Last Date Needed will be used as a guideline for removing material from course reserve. 
  • Personal copies removed from course reserve will be returned to you via Campus Mail. 
  • Library books removed from course reserve will be returned to the library collection. 
  • To view your list of reserve items, use OneVU -> Course Reserves (link is located in the top left corner of the search screen). Search by Course Name, Department,  Instructor, or Start Date. Click the "All" status button to see all Course Reserves. 

  • For information call Jamie Markle (812)888-5134. 

To place a resource on reserve, please use the course reserve form located below and follow the instructions to ensure that staff can retrieve and process items in a timely manner.  

Vincennes University

812-888-VUVU | 800-742-9198

1002 North First Street; Vincennes, Indiana 47591

Shake Library

812-888-4165 |

1002 North First Street; Vincennes, Indiana 47591

Jasper Academic Center for Excellence

812-481-5923 |

850 College Ave; Jasper, IN 47546