Important Updates From the AUSB Library

The Library’s Online!

The AUSB library is open online and the AU Library team is here to support you.

The Library Team

As we all adjust to online and remote learning, we want to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. Please contact Christine Forte, about any library question, even if you’re not sure it pertains to the library, even if you’re not sure it’s a question.

Here’s how to connect with your AU Library Team:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: All voicemail messages left at 805-962-8179 x5177 are being routed to my email.

Make an Appointment with Christine: We can talk of the phone or connect by ZOOM. If you don’t see a time here that works for you, please send me an email and we will find a time. 🙂 Or with other members of the AU Library Team

AskTheLibrary: Here you can submit a question, text a librarian, chat online with a librarian, or read the library’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Required Course Texts

For those of you who sometimes count on the AUSB library’s reserve shelf to access some of the texts assigned to your classes, there is good news.

  • Wherever possible, the AU Library will purchase e-book access to the books that have been assigned to your classes. Not every book that exists is available for purchase by libraries as an e-book and the large textbook publishers (like McMillan, Pearson, and Cengage) do not typically sell licenses to libraries.  Fortunately, these textbook publishers have quickly responded to the Covid-19 crisis and you will find many of these materials available via
  • VitalSource, a textbook distributor, has worked with some textbook publishers to offer free e-book rentals of up to 7 textbooks from now until May 24.  Here’s how to access those books:
  • Go to https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Bookshelf Login
    • Once you have signed up for an account, you can begin to search for and download your textbooks. (Because there is a limit of 7 books that can be downloaded for free until May 24, choose carefully: these items cannot be returned once checked out.)

If you have any questions about locating materials for your classes or activating any of the accessibility features in them, don’t hesitate to ask Christine.

If you have other accessibility questions or concerns, please reach out to Ryan Kasmier, [email protected]  or 805-962-8179 x5105

The Goods

Antioch has a top-notch digital library, with an abundance of excellent online scholarly resources and services available 24/7, including eBooks, scholarly articles, peer-reviewed journals, and streaming media. Here are some helpful links to connect to these resources:

  • Library Catalog (WorldCat Local): Search for books, articles, films – all in one spot
  • A-Z Databases: To find specific databases (e.g. PsycBOOKS) or resources (e.g. DSM-V)
  • WeDeliver: Bear in mind that as more partner libraries move to temporary off-site operations, requests for print material will take longer and may not be able to be filled at this time.
  • Audiobooks: A nice (little) assortment. Ask us how.
  • Kanopy:  A nice (not so little) assortment of feature films, documentaries, shorts, Criterion collection. Ask us how.

Remember, librarians are here to work with you in numerous ways:

  • find articles, books, or chapter relevant to your learning
  • discuss options for obtaining required course materials
  • facilitate in-depth, holistic research
  • figure out how to navigate the online library or  become a power searcher
  • explore digital archives,
  • create a virtual bridge between Google Scholar and AU Library Resources
  • organize your references and cite your sources
  • figure out Zoom or Sakai,
  • answer any questions about the Google suite of tool
  • help you get unstuck or reinvigorated
  • get a suggestion for a really good book in this uncertain time,
  • show you how to stream a ton of free movies on Kanopy,
  • and enjoy wonderful audiobooks,
  • etc etc etc.
Until We Meet Again (In Person!)

While the physical library remains closed, please retain all library materials currently in your possession. The library is working to extend all loan periods. The AU  Library does not collect fines for late materials.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about your library account, if you need support figuring out Zoom or Sakai, or have any other questions,  concerns, or requests and you’re not sure how to get them addressed. 

With kind regards,
Christine

Christine Forte, MLS, EdD
Director of Library Services
Special Assistant to the Provost
Antioch University Santa Barbara

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