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The iLIT Newsletter

Welcome to Fall 2021 in the Library! 

What's going on in the library? We hope you all enjoyed your summer. Summer in the library usually consists of projects, projects, projects, and this summer was no exception. The library team worked on several collection and data management projects to ensure our resources are current and accessible. The students are enjoying being able to use the study rooms, cyber cafe, and computer lab. And everyone on the library team took a vacation this summer! 

What's New and Updates

Library Instruction: Virtual Webinars for All! 

The virtual library instruction webinars/workshops were a hit in the Spring, thank you to those who participated. We ended the spring semester with 72 virtual library instruction webinars and 600 attendees which included students and faculty!

We received feedback from both faculty and students and both have seen an improvement in writing, citation, and academic integrity. 

A series of virtual library instruction webinars have been created to ensure students, faculty, and staff are given opportunities to develop strategies for uncovering accurate, relevant, and quality information at GC Library! Webinars require registration to attend.

Information Literacy Sessions Offered Fall 2021

  • APA Style Demystified
  • MLA Style Demystified
  • Plagiarism
  • Finding Primary Sources
  • Quick Orientation of Galveston College Library Online
  • Finding and Using eBooks
  • Introduction to Databases
  • All About Database Searching
  • Whitecaps OneSearch

See the Upcoming Library Webinars tab below for more information.

Faculty, please note...this will affect how you schedule library instruction. A separate email will be sent to all faculty regarding library instruction. See the For Faculty tab below for more information. 


Academic Video Online (AVON)

What is Academic Video Online? Academic Video Online is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary video subscription that supports the entire range of curriculum, from anthropology to zoology. It includes a variety of video material available with curricular relevance: documentaries, interviews, feature films, performances, news programs and newsreels, and demonstrations. 

AVON will replace Films on Demand in the spring, if you are a faculty member who uses Films on Demand, please contact the library and we will help you with the transition. 

Where do I access Academic Video Online? You can access AVON on the library website. Try Academic Video Online Now! 

View our library help guide for more information about AVON!

Virtual Book Displays and Digital Magazines

While some of you visit the library in person, not everyone is on campus so we created virtual book displays just for you! See what is on display in the library and virtually! Some books may be available as eBooks, if not, request an eBook. Don't forget we have Flipster digital magazines as well. 

Browse the full collection of magazine titles


Important Information

Library Website Updates

Things may look a little different but everything is still there, we promise! 

What changed?

  • New Libary Instruction page! 
  • Text font size has been updated. 
  • We are updating our color hex codes to match the current branding, you may not have noticed but the college's orange is brighter! 
  • Enhanced Whitecaps OneSearch box 

Library Instruction Webinars

Students, have you ever attended a library instruction session? Faculty, do you schedule library instruction for your classes?

Library Instruction @ GC Library! 

You no longer have to submit a form to request library instruction, we have created a series of virtual library instruction webinars to help faculty, staff, and students develop the information literacy skills needed to uncover accurate, relevant, and quality information. With all the work we have put into these sessions, why not offer EXTRA CREDIT or a GRADED ASSIGNMENT? 

Here's How it Works...

1. Register for one of the sessions.

2. Receive an email confirmation after successful registration with a link and password to the session. 

3. Receive an email the day before the session. 

4. Receive an email one hour after the session with a link to complete the assessment. 

5. If your instructor is offering EXTRA CREDIT or this is a GRADED ASSIGNMENT, submit your certificate of completion as instructed.  

6. Last, but certainly not least...all assessment quiz submissions will be entered into a monthly drawing for a Library Swagg Item.

View our Upcoming Library Instruction Webinars below or click here to see a detailed description of all webinars offered. 

For Faculty

Don't forget to visit the Library's For Faculty Page to access tools and services the library offers in support of teaching, scholarship, and student success!

Updates about Library Instruction

We created a series of virtual library instruction webinars to ensure students, faculty, and staff are given opportunities to develop information literacy skills.

The webinars are designed to cover all bases of instruction to meet the Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards and for Higher Education. You can find an abbreviated list of these standards on the Library Faculty page

In order to further increase participation in library instruction, consider offering a library instruction session as a graded assignment or extra credit. There is a graded assessment quiz after each session as mentioned in the Library Instruction Webinars tab. 

We would recommend starting with the 3 Quick Start Sessions:

  • Quick Orientation of Galveston College Library Online 
  • Finding and Using GC Library eBooks
  • Introduction to GC Library Databases

Please check the Upcoming Webinars schedule, as the semester progresses there will be more in-depth research webinars offered. If your students register for a specific webinar and you would like a topic covered, please send an email to Tee Mickens, Director of Library and Learning Resources.