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Remote Support for Teaching and Learning

Research and Instruction Support

Research Librarians continue to offer a wealth of research services remotely via email, chat, webpages, video conferencing, and phone for faculty and your students.   They can provide:

  • research guides and course guides, custom-created for one-stop research support for your classes
  • research instruction for your classes, synchronous and asynchronous
  • assistance integrating the library’s digital special collections into your course
  • assistance with research questions
  • citation management software support

Please be in touch with your Research Librarian directly for assistance.

Scanning Course Reserve Materials

  • Faculty needing digital copies of course reserve readings should first:
    • Check CBBcat to see if the library owns an ebook copy of the book.
    • Contact Donna Van Dyck to find out if an ebook copy is available for purchase (for readings not needed before 7 days).
    • Check if your department coordinator can scan what you need.
  • To help us keep requests organized, please use Bowdoin Digital Delivery to place your scanning request. Login and choose Book Chapter or Journal Article under New Request on the left sidebar.  Your username and password are the same as your Bowdoin email name and password
  • Please submit a separate request for each unique article or chapter title. A PDF of each item will be delivered through your Bowdoin Digital Delivery & ILL User Account.  Please contact Guy Saldanha with any questions about Bowdoin Digital Delivery.
  • If you wish to have any item placed on Course Reserve please follow the instruction here: place on course reserve.
  • Please indicate when you will need the item by adjusting the “Not Wanted After” date field.  This will help us to prioritize requests.

Digitizing Film & Music

  • Faculty needing digital copies of film or music should first:
    • Check CBBcat to see if the library has access to a streaming version of the film (search by film title)
    • Search, additionally, the library’s streaming video and music databases for a streaming version of the film or music (not every title is in CBBcat).
  • Digitizing Films

Interlibrary Loan

Resource Sharing has slowly returned to normal as more libraries open their doors. CBB delivery has resumed and MaineCat requesting is now available, though not all libraries are participating (only participating libraries’ holdings appear in a search result).  Please note that delivery times can exceed one week since all materials are being quarantined for 3 days before being handled by staff.

Interlibrary loan of physical items from libraries outside of the state has resumed, though only about 65% of libraries are lending. We continue to offer delivery of items that can be provided digitally, including journal articles from other institutions and digitization of Bowdoin-held materials.

Bowdoin Digital Delivery

To request digital delivery from Bowdoin’s physical collection, please use the Bowdoin Digital Delivery link on this page: https://library.bowdoin.edu/services/interlibrary-loan-and-document-delivery.shtml

  1. Your username and password are the same as your Bowdoin email name and password
  2. Please submit a separate request for each unique article or chapter title.
  3. A PDF of each item will be delivered through your Bowdoin Digital Delivery & ILL user account.
  4. If you wish to have any item placed on course reserve, please save it to your desktop and submit using https://ereserves.bowdoin.edu/inbox/s20/pdf/.

Electronic Resources

As you are redesigning and transitioning your courses to an online environment, keep in mind the wealth of streaming video and music, ebooks, ejournals, newspapers, and other e-resource options that available for instruction and for remotely supporting your students’ research.  

All of these e-resources are found on the Databases page.  Choose “Database Subjects” and/or “Database Types” (streaming, newspapers, etc.) to focus in on resources of interest.  Links to ejournal holdings are found on the Journals page.