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Library Partner Updates: January 2021

January 2021

Recent News & Updates

Libraries & Online Learning


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View the inaugural issue of Marshall University's Libraries and Online Learning magazine:

The cover of the January 2021 issue of Libraries and Online Learning magazine, with an inset "Sneak peek" of two pages.



Update for faculty working with grad students (black text on orange background with yellow clipart papers and black magnifying glass)

Recent changes in the structure of the Graduate College has resulted in a new team of faculty responsible for reviewing the Theses and Dissertations of MU’s graduate and doctoral students. 
The key point is that the process for you, your student, and their ETD committee will not change.  Simply, the team of people you’ll be communicating with will. 
This change went into effect January 1, 2021, and we encourage you to reach out to Eryn Roles (, the committee chair, with any questions, though the committee will be releasing information in the months to come.



A message from Special Collections (white font on green background). Clipart old-looking documents with a fancy pen.

Special Collections has been hard at work during Covid-19 to improve electronic accessibility to archival and manuscript materials. 
Digitization efforts include oral histories, Parthenon newspapers, university catalogs and more!
Materials are available full text searchable in Marshall Digital Scholar under Library Special Collections or University Archives at



After-hours library pickup now available for students, staff, and faculty who can't visit campus during the day (white font on purple background) (Clipart lockers with student standing in front)

  1. Request your library materials.*
  2. If you want to pickup your materials outside of library hours (view all hours), use the Locker Reservation link in your confirmation email. (Have a question? Email
  3. Pickup your requested materials in the lockers in Drinko Library's 1st floor Vending Machine room: enter through the Study Center using your MUID.
  4. Reservations must be made at least 1 hour before the library closes for the day. Reservations made after closing will be for pickup the following evening.

*Learn how to request library materials with our No-Contact Borrowing Services: an item from the Regular Library Collections in Drinko, Morrow, or South Charleston; a Reserve item or Textbook Loan Program item.



Header Image: yellow background with black text that says Spring 2021 Library Services. Cartoon image of a person at a help desk.

Marshall Libraries staff would like to remind the Marshall community that library services, hours, and resources for the spring semester will be similar to those that were in place for the fall semester. They will continue No-Touch services to aid in controlling the spread of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students. These services include:

  • providing students safe  places to study and attend online classes via the VHUB scheduler:;
  • use of the online Library Account platform and Interlibrary Loan systems to lend materials  through No-Contact best practices;
  • assisting with student  and faculty research as well as library instruction needs via robust virtual options (both synchronous and asynchronous);
  • quarantining all returned library materials for three days to limit the spread of germs;
  • assisting students and faculty in finding materials through online databases -more than half of the 245 online databases provide instant access to full-text, scholarly research;
  • providing information for Open Educational Resources (OERs) which are available in full for free, via the Digital, Technical, and Scholarly Communications Services team.

All library hours, including those for Morrow Library (Government Documents, Special Collections and Morrow Stacks) and the South Charleston Campus Library are available at



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Please keep us, your Library Partner Team, in mind as you plan your research assignments because we can help walk your students through the research process via:

  • Building a Library Guide based on your course needs
  • Conducting a live (virtual) library instruction session
  • Helping you and/or your students locate easy-to-access online resources
  • Creating asynchronous library modules


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