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Faculty Services

Brennan Library

The Brennan Library team is here to help faculty in all areas of research and student support. You can reach us by live chat, phone, or email, or contact the librarian in charge of a given area:

  • To schedule a library instruction session or to help a student make a research appointment, please contact our Head of Research and Instruction, Jill Shoemaker.
  • For questions about online library resources, like our databases or journals, or about open educational resources (OER), please contact our User Experience and Technology Librarian, Sophie Forrester.
  • To request books or articles from other libraries or for any questions about course reserves, please contact our Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, Dev Singer.
  • For questions regarding your Minuteman Library Network account or borrowing books or other resources from Brennan Library, please contact our Head of Access Services, Julie McBrien.
  • For questions about purchasing materials for the collection, please contact our Library Director, Anna Sarneso.

Any other questions can be addressed to our general email address, library@lasell.edu, and one of us will reply as quickly as possible during business hours.

Information literacy and library instruction

We offer a variety of solutions for integrating the library into your course using our remote services:

  • All Canvas courses are automatically mapped to the library's subject guide, or a course-specific guide if one is available. Students can access these guides from the "Library Research Guide" link in the Canvas course. If a course guide is not currently available for your course, we can build one on request.
  • Librarians can present library instruction synchronously via Zoom.
  • We can also create asynchronous videos tailored specifically to your class.
  • Our click-through tutorials can be added to your Canvas course. We can always create new tutorials on request.
  • We can work with you to create quizzes that can be added to your course and even automatically be added to your gradebook, if desired.
  • We can also curate Canvas modules with links to relevant library resources and services.

We anticipate a return to our full suite of in-person library instruction services in fall 2021, but these options will always be available to supplement online or seated classes as well.

If you have any questions or requests regarding library instruction and information literacy services, please contact Jill Shoemaker.

Brennan Helps

The Brennan Helps webinar series explores the many ways we can help faculty members in and beyond the classroom, and gives you tools to make the best use of library resources on your own. See the Brennan Helps homepage for recordings of past sessions and links to resources.

Course reserves

For information on placing textbooks or other items on course reserve for students to use, see the "Placing Course Reserves" page.

Please note that due to the pandemic, we have suspended course reserves for the 2020-21 academic year. We suggest you consider replacing materials you would typically place on course reserve with open educational resources (OER).

Online tutorials

Our click-through tutorials on many library resources and research skills can be of great benefit to students. Currently available tutorials are linked on the Tutorials page of our Research Help section. If there's a tutorial you'd like to see us create, please email Sophie Forrester.

Open educational resources (OER)

OER are a great alternative to traditional textbooks that allow for greater accessibility and offer more flexibility in teaching, while decreasing costs to students. For more information, see our guide to OER.