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Services we offer

Huron Library offers many additional support and services to our faculty members including: course reserve support, research, writing, and teaching support, and finally, digital scholarship support.


The newly launched Course Readings service at the Huron Library assists faculty with all course material needs. In a nutshell, Course Readings is a repository of required and supplementary course materials, which ensure that readings are made available in digital format, when possible. Working within the bounds of current copyright legislation and fair dealing guidelines, we will digitize print content (e.g., book chapters, journal articles) wherever possible. We will also acquire access to electronic resources where this content is available for libraries to license.

In addition to Course Readings, the Library will continue to offer faculty the option to place course materials physically on reserve for either 2-hour, 1-day or 3-day loan.

To get started, log into Course Readings and submit your syllabus.

Next, add the OWL Course Readings tool to your OWL courses, so your students can find the readings easily.



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Melissa Rapp, Course Materials Support
Content and Collections Librarian


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Christina Caranci, Course Reserves Support
Lead, User Services

Faculty Research Support

The Research Help Desk in the Huron Commons, on the main floor of the Huron Library. Reference staff can assist you in finding the information you need from quick facts to literature searches. You may also  book a research consultation online.

For instruction services contact our interim Teaching and Learning Librarian,  Patrick Gavin by email or at extension 202.  Patrick will be pleased to provide instruction for individual faculty members on a variety of information literacy topics including but not limited to: evaluating sources, developing search terms, defining a research question, research methods, and research metrics.

For writing support services contact  Matt Rahimian, Manager, Writing and Learning Services, by email. Writing Services offers a limited number of appointments for faculty members designed to brainstorm, draft, or polish work.

For an informal tour of the library’s facilities, contact the Research Help Desk at 519.438.7224 ext. 213.



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      Patrick Gavin, Teaching and Research Support
      Teaching and Learning Librarian


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    Matt Rahimian, Writing and Learning Support
    Manager, Writing and Learning Services


Teaching Support

Huron Library’s pedagogical approach: Instruction is informed by research and involves a collaborative approach in which our Teaching and learning Librarian partners with you to determine how, where, and when to integrate formal information literacy and research skills instruction into your courses.

Classes are designed to include:

  • Alignment with  Western’s Degree Outcomes (WDOs), Western’s  Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (ILLOs), and your specific Course Outcomes.
  • A scaffolded plan to teach the research skills necessary for success in a forthcoming course assignment
  • Pre & post-test assessment of student learning
  • Active learning and blended learning techniques

Information Literacy Topics:

  • Research as Inquiry: developing a research question & concept mapping one’s thinking about a topic
  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual: assessing authority and bias within a published scholarly work and within one’s own approach to research
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration: planning a search, keyword development, navigating information organization systems, divergent and convergent research thinking
  • Scholarship as Conversation: information evaluation, citation methods/tools, joining the scholarly conversation, moving from a consumer of scholarship to a contributor
  • Information Power Structures: hegemony in library cataloging and implications for research



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      Patrick Gavin, Teaching and Research Support
      Teaching and Learning Librarian

Digital Support

Library and Learning Services offers Huron faculty a variety of digital supports for their teaching and research. These include: support for course-based digital projects, including featuring student works on the platform; technology software and hardware workshops, to introduce or integrate digital tools into teaching and learning at Huron (ex. Zotero workshops, presentation software workshops, etc.); support for open journal creation, via Open Journal Systems (OJS); as well as the development of faculty research profiles through our in-house and open institutional repository, Scholarship@Huron.

Whether you are looking to add a digital component to your assignments or your in-class instruction, LLS can help! Mission Statement: is a platform to disseminate, promote and archive undergraduate research and community partnership projects of Huron. It acts as a central discovery layer for departmental projects, allowing users to easily find and view the different undergraduate research initiatives taking place at Huron.


Questions about Digital Initiatives?

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    Ryan Rabie, Digital Content Support
    Digital Scholarship Librarian