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Library Faculty Newsletter: Spring 2016

Library Faculty Newsletter

Welcome to the Library Faculty Newsletter

Welcome to the Walden Library's inaugural Faculty Newsletter! This is your source for the most current resources and services that the Library has to offer. Our staff includes liaison librarians to the colleges and schools, reference and instruction librarians, and a team of managers supporting projects throughout the Library.  


Research Appointments and Doctoral Support

As of January, the Liaison Librarians started taking one-on-one capstone research appointments with students. Appointments allow students to work with a librarian in their subject area in order to brainstorm and develop effective research strategies for their dissertation or doctoral study literature review.

Faculty should encourage doctoral students to visit the Library Guide to Capstone Literature Reviews and set an appointment with the Library for one-on-one assistance  by going to the Library Appointments guide.

Statistics from Research Appointment Trial

During the first four months that the Library has been offering research appointments we have received 100% positive feedback! 

In January we emailed an announcement about capstone appointments to all doctoral students and we saw an immediate increase in scheduled appointments. Please spread the word and refer your doctoral students that need one-on-one research assistance to set an appointment with us today!

  November December January February
Attended Appointments 7 13 90 30
No-Show Appointments 2 6 17 8
Total Feedback Survey Responses 0 11 26 26
Respondents answering "Yes" the
appointment helped dissertation progess
0 10 26 26


Submitting Items to ScholarWorks



We would like to showcase your research and publications in ScholarWorks!

ScholarWorks is a great platform to get exposure for your work. Hundreds of researchers visit, view, and download publications in our institutional repository each day.

We are looking for more faculty submissions to build the ScholarWorks collection. Any published research or scholarly writing is eligible for consideration. We can include your work in the ScholarWorks collection two different ways:

  • We can host the full text of your article or paper directly within ScholarWorks (if copyright allows, see below).
  • We can include a citation, abstract, and link to your publication, so that your work is discovered when scholars search within ScholarWorks.

Checking Copyright and Publisher Conditions

If you are unsure whether you have the rights to submit a copy of your publication, check with your publisher about what copyright you retain for your work. If you do not have the rights to contribute the full text, you may still be able to post a citation to the submission.

In this case, please also check your publisher’s archiving policies to see if any disclaimers or notices need to appear with the entry in ScholarWorks. The SHERPA/RoMEO website provides a summary of journal publishers’ archiving policies. Many publishers also provide information on their policies on their own websites.

Please also keep in mind that some publishers may release rights for full text or for linking citations upon request, so consider contacting the publisher for more information on what may be possible.

Submit Your Work

Create a free account on ScholarWorks and use the Submit Work button on the site to start the submission process (more details on submitting). Remember to include any required notices or other copyright information in this form.

If you have further questions or need help with the submissions process, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. More information is also available on the ScholarWorks Faculty Support page.

ScholarWorks Webinar in May

The library will be providing a webinar to faculty for more in depth information about ScholarWorks. The webinar will be scheduled for the end of May. Please click here to view the registration link with the date, time, and to reserve a spot.

Meet our ScholarWorks Digital Scholarship Librarian

Mackenzie Salisbury: Digital Scholarship LibrarianMackenzie Salisbury joined Walden Library at the beginning of 2015, having worked at a variety of academic libraries for the past seven years. She graduated from Drexel University with her Master of Library and Information Science. Her dedication to access of information is just one reason she became a Librarian.

Librarian Collaboration

Are you curious what the Library can do you for you? Visit our Faculty Toolbox, which is designed to address that very question. If there is anything you would like to have added to this page, contact the library liaisons by email.

Library liaisons are available to collaborate with faculty by providing research assistance and instructional tools for the classroom. We partner with faculty and the Learning Architects to develop instruction that meets information literacy learning outcomes. View our faculty services to learn more about how the Library can collaborate with you on information literacy instruction. 

For information about the instructional tools available through the Walden Library explore our Help section or view our faculty webinar: The Walden Library's Suite of Little-known Information Literacy Tools.

Doctoral Student Referral Form

If you have a doctoral student who is struggling with research, information literacy, or any other library related skill, please fill out the form on the Faculty Toolbox page. The Student Referral Form is for faculty members who would like to refer a doctoral student to a librarian for more in-depth assistance. We will reach out to the student and do our best to assist them. 


Upcoming Library Labs & Webinars

Please share these webinars with your students by posting program specific labs to your announcements page in Blackboard or emailing them directly. Email notifications targeting students in specific programs will be going out prior to the presentations but it's always nice to have a reminder.

Using Thoreau for Research 
Date: Wednesday, March 23 
Time: 9:00-9:30 PM Eastern time 
Click Here for the Registration Link

Introduction to Business & Management Research 
Date/Time: Thursday, March 24 
Time: 8:00-8! :30 PM Eastern time 
Click Here for the Registration Link

Introduction to Public Policy & Criminal Justice Research
Date/Time: Sunday, April 3
Time: 3:00-3:30 PM Eastern time
Click Here for the Registration Link

We record our labs so students can view them even if they are unable to attend. Archived webinars can be found on our Help page listed under Instructional Media. The direct link to the archived library webinars page is provided 

Recent Library Labs Attendance:

Date Webinar Title Student Attendance
3/1 Introduction to Nursing  97
3/8 Introduction to Health Science Research 131
3/2  Conducting a Literature Search on a Clinical Research Question 8
3/7  Evidence Based Practice for NURS 6052 108
3/14 Introduction to Education Library Research 1
3/15 Introduction to Human Services  8


Featured Library Resource

The library's Evaluating Resources guide will help users understand why and how to evaluate a variety of resources. It can be difficult to discern which resources are reliable and appropriate for scholarly research.

Our Evaluating Resources guide begins explaining the most common types of resources and how to evaluate them, followed by more guidance that will help students become expert evaluators of information.


Ted Talk: What we learned from 5 million books

The Google Books Ngram Viewer is an online search engine that charts the frequency of any set of words using a yearly count found in sources printed between 1500 and beyond in Google's collective body of books.


Faculty Feedback Corner

Please provide us with any suggestions about the newsletter or any other ideas you may have!

Contact Us

Please contact the Library at [email protected] if you have any questions, content ideas or are having difficulty accessing newsletter content.