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"Mother" LibGuide: Faculty Services

A master LibGuide containing links for almost all other libguide content.

SDV-119:Information Literacy Class

(SDV-119): The library offers a one credit-hour course providing basic instruction in using the library as an access point to information.The student will develop methodology to master the process of inquiry and improve their ability to find, evaluate and use information.

Please encourage your students to take this class. You can search for this course on EagleNet. The syllabus is posted below. 

Iowa City AV On This Page

Welcome Faculty!

The Library offers so many resources and services to our faculty, we need several pages just to show you! Here is a preview of the kinds of information and services you will find described on these pages. Click on the tabs at the top of this page to access each of these topics:

faculty services outline

Library Catalog, Databases, and Book Collection

Kirkwood Library Services has a wide array of materials available to students, faculty, and staff, both on and off campus. Books and other physical materials held by the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Libraries can be searched using the WorldCat Discovery search, and can be delivered to any Kirkwood location. All resources are searchable from Kirkwood Library's homepage,

Instruction Request

Kirkwood librarians can support student learning in a number of different ways. Besides providing information resources and helping students one-on-one in the Library, librarians can also do demonstrations or present activities to your classes. To schedule any of the following, or to discuss the needs of your students with a librarian, please use one of the forms at the bottom of this box:

  • A tour of the Library, or show students a particular collection (e.g. ELA books or art books).
  • A presentation or activity in your classroom on a specific topic. To name just a few possible topics: citing sources, searching library databases, searching Google effectively, critical evaluation of information. We are happy to collaborate with faculty on creating an effective activity or assignment to help students gain specific research skills relevant to your course.
  • A presentation or activity in the Cedar Rapids Library classroom, which seats 24 students, has a ceiling projector, and a set of laptops. Please call the reference desk at ext. 5697 to check availability of the classroom.

Please request library instruction by using the appropriate online form:
Iowa City Campus

Cedar Rapids Campus|County Centers| Distance Learning

One on One Help: Reference Service

Kirkwood Library Services provides excellent and professional reference service to students, faculty, and staff in a number of different ways:

  • Stop by the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Campus Libraries during our regular desk hours (until 9pm at the CR campus, until 8pm at the IC campus).
  • Make an appointment with a librarian for an extended consultation about your research project.
  • Use the "Ask a Librarian" chat function, available from the Library homepage, and from most of the LibGuides pages, for quick and timely help.

LibGuides: Personalized Course Library Resources Page

The page you're looking at right now was created using a software system called "LibGuides". It features flexible layout, easy updating, and reusable components. The content can also be embedded directly into your Talon courses. If you'd like a page with resources especially for your students, contact a librarian and we'll collaborate with you on locating the best resources for your particular assignments and in designing a page that fits your students' needs.

Examples of some customized pages for Kirkwood classes:

Marianne Taylor, Forms of Literature: Poetry

Global Perspectives in Interior Design

The page we create for your class can feature:

  • Direct links to library resources such as the book catalog or any of the subscription databases
  • Direct links to other online resources you want to direct your students to
  • Pages or boxes from any of the library LibGuides pages, embedded directly into your page so your students know the resources are instructor-approved. For example, we could put a tab on your page called "MLA Style" that will include videos on MLA Citation as well as printable guides.
  • Links that won't "go bad." Because they link directly into the library's pages, if we update a link to a database, the link on your page will automatically update as well
  • Your LibGuides page can be embedded directly into many types of course sites, including Talon.

Contact a librarian for more details, or to get started on your own LibGuide. In Cedar Rapids contact Ryan Strempke-Durgin (x5687); in Iowa City contact Kate Hess (x3619)

Purchase Request

We value your input on the purchase of library materials. Please send your recommendation using the form below.

Purchase Request Form

Placing holds & Campus mail delivery

As a Kirkwood faculty, you can access almost all Library resources from your office. In addition to the wealth of digital resources you can access through our databases, you can also search for books and DVDs held by both campus Libraries, and have those items delivered to your campus mail box. 
  1. Begin by searching WorldCat from the Library's homepage. You can enter keywords for topic, title, author, or a combination of these in the search box, then select the "Books" tab to see just the book results, and click "Go". For a more precise title search, put quotation marks around the title. (For a video introducing WorldCat click here!) 
  2. Click on the title of the item you're interested in to see the detailed record.
  3. From the detailed record screen, you can see a description of the item [F], the campus or library location [G], and the Request Center Delivery button [H]. Click this button to request that a book be delivered to your campus or center for you. For faculty requests, we will automatically check the book out to you and put it in campus mail to your office. (If, instead of "Request Center Delivery" you see "Request This" on the blue button, you can still request the book, it will just be ordered through Interlibrary Loan, and will take longer to arrive. See InterLibrary Loan for more details.)

  4. You will be prompted to sign in with your k number (e.g. k0123456) and EagleNet password.
  5. Then choose your pickup location from the dropdown menu [J] and click "Submit." 
  6. If you need any assistance in locating the right book for your research needs, please contact a librarian by chat or phone (see "Ask a Librarian" to the left).

Happy reading!

Faculty Research Consultation

We are happy to help you with library research for your teaching, research, and professional development needs. If you are currently working on or will be working on such an endeavor we can schedule a face to face meeting with you to determine where to obtain relevant materials.  Because of the complexity of such requests, we have found that the face to face interview approach generates the best results for all parties. 

Don’t hesitate, contact the Library reference desk and schedule an appointment today.

Cedar Rapids Campus Library
       Phone: 319-398-5697
       Toll-free 866-452-8504

Iowa City Campus Library

Placing Items on Course Reserves

Fill in the form below and bring it to the library together with your reserved items.
Please plan ahead and allow two business days for the library to process your request.

Contact us for questions and comments:

              Cedar Rapids Campus Library                                                                
              Phone: 319-887-5696                                           

              Iowa City Campus Library 

              Phone: 319-398-3613 

Iowa City AV

Note: Cedar Rapids Campus faculty should call 319-398-5521 for AV questions. The information below is only applicable to Iowa City campus.

What's here: All Kirkwood classrooms on the Iowa City Campus are equipped with instructor’s tables with PCs and a ceiling-mounted projection system for instructor computer, personal laptop, and video presenter projection. All classrooms have powered speakers, DVD drives in the PC, and video presenters (aka document camera or ELMO).  Some classrooms have a Sympodium.

Most instructors’ tables include a printed set of instructions attached to one side of the table in a clear plastic sleeve. These instructions include the basics for successful operation of the equipment. The library conducts special training sessions for new faculty, and we are happy to orient individual instructors to equipment in their classrooms by appointment. Contact the library checkout desk at 887-3613 or

What to do in case of problems: During daytime hours, call the main help desk at ext. 1264 if you experience problems with any of the equipment in your classroom.  They will start a ticket and dispatch a technician on campus.  After 6pm, contact the library checkout desk. Call ext. 3613 for immediate assistance, or email to report problems. There is a phone in every classroom.

To request special equipment: Contact the library at least 48 hours in advance to request special equipment for your classroom or for your professional use. The following are all available through the library:

  • Slide projector
  • CD player boom box
  • Public address system
  • Digital voice recorder
  • Digital camera
  • Laptop computer
  • Portable computer speaker
  • Portable DVP (projector)
  • Tripod screen 

Information Literacy: Articles and Videos

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has created a new (2016) document to guide librarians and faculty in how to support student learning of information literacy skills and habits of thought and practice. Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education outlines core ideas or threshold concepts that can be used to guide the creation of experiences or assignments in any class requiring the use of information. (This document replaces the Information Literacy Competency Standards that had been widely used since 2000, but in practice was difficult to translate into day to day work with students.)

Some great reads by Barbara Fister, from her Library Babel Fish column in Inside Higher Ed:

Project Information Literacy is a series of ongoing "research studies that investigate what it is like being a college student in the digital age," to understand how today's students use information, what their needs are, what strategies they use. These videos each give a entre into research conducted by this group. To find out more, visit their website.

VOD (Video on Demand) & Film Databases

For assistance with VOD, contact Scott Stiffler or Phil Meaney.

Videos placed in Kirkwood’s Video on Demand (VOD) collection are accessible through Talon’s Learning Object Repository (LOR). To add VOD to your Talon course, go to the Course Content section of your Talon site.

Course Content Selection Example

Select or create the module where you want to include the video. Next, click the Upload/Create button and from the dropdown menu that appears, select “Add Object from LOR.”

Add Object from LOR Example

In the search box that appears, type in a portion of the title you are looking for.

Search Title Example

If the title is available, it will display under the search box. Click the circle to select the video and then click the “Next” button.

A window will then appear asking how you want the object displayed in your Talon site. It is recommended that you select either “Dynamic Link” or “Copy as Content” that way if any changes are made to the existing link, you will not lose access.

After you click the “Next” button here, you will be asked if you want the video to open in a new window or tab. We recommend you check this box as some users may have difficulty opening the video within the Talon shell. Once you have selected this, click the “Create Topic” button, which will insert your VOD link into your selected module.

Click the created link to view the video.

If you are experiencing difficulty finding a video on VOD, contact Scott Stiffler from Master Control, as some videos may not be connected with LOR yet.

In order to remain copyright compliant, a film must be owned by Kirkwood or the instructor before it may be placed within VOD. Please contact the if you would like a DVD purchased for your class and  put on VOD by Media Services. A link will then be provided for you to place in Talon. 

Streaming videos are also provided by two available databases:

Note that VOD is not operated or maintained by the Library, and therefore, librarians may not be able to answer technical questions or problems you may be experiencing with the system.

Options for bringing Library content into Talon

We at Library Services want to give you many different ways to embed Library content into your Talon courses, so you can share the resources you choose directly with your students. Depending on the type of information you want to embed or link to, there are different ways to make it work. So first check the table below to see the types of content that can be embedded, then follow the link to the corresponding directions for how to do it. Please note, if you have content you would like to embed but don't see here, please let us know!

Content to embed or link to Method to follow
"Ask a Librarian" widget

Custom homepage OR

Embed code

Library Search (WorldCat Discovery search) Custom homepage
Library Guides (Links to the 3 most used LibGuides, plus a link to a list of all guides Custom homepage
Find Library Resources (widget with most common Library pages and resources, like a mini Library homepage embedded in your course content page) Embed code
Library Resources for ___________ (A list of the best Library databases for the subject of your choice) Embed code
Plagiarism Tutorial Copy components in Talon
MLA or APA citation style help guides Talon LOR
Link to a single article, ebook, or ebook chapter Create a link
Your choice of specific pages and databases to share Create a module in Talon


Library Tutorials in Talon

Library Services has created our first Talon-based tutorial for faculty to use in their own courses. It is a tutorial on plagiarism, that includes interactive videos, text-based instruction, and short quizzes to check understanding. If you have any questions about this tutorial, or need any help copying it into your own Talon courses, please contact librarians Kate Hess or Ryan Strempke-Durgin.


  1. First, request access to the Talon course “Library Tutorials” by contacting librarians Kate Hess or Ryan Strempke-Durgin.
  2. Once you have access, the Library Tutorials course will show up in your list of Talon courses, and you may preview the plagiarism tutorial content. To copy content in your own course, continue with the following steps:
  3. From your own course where you want to assign a Library Tutorial module, go to “Course Admin.”
  4. Click on “Import/Export/Copy Components.”
  5. Select “copy components from another course/org unit” and click on the button “search for offering.”
  6. Search for “library tutorials”, then select it and click “add selected.”
  7. Click the button “Select Components.” On this page you’ll select 3 things:
    • Select “Content” and “Select individual items to copy”
    • Select Question Library
    • Select Quizzes
    • Select Surveys
    • Then “Continue.”
  8. Select “Plagiarism”, then “continue.”
  9. Click “Finish.”

Please note: Because you have made a copy of the content and put it in your course, you are now free to edit or delete any portions of each tutorial, customizing to the needs of your students. Also, we may occasionally make updates to the tutorial, and will email you a notification in that case.

Custom Homepage Widgets in Talon

To embed homepage widgets in your course, you must use the “Custom Home Page” option in Talon, which gives you access to many widgets, only a few of which are related to Library resources:

  1. If you don't already use the Custom Home Page option for your course(s), follow the directions in the Talon Instructor Training course in Talon, Module 3: Course Homepage and Widgets, and see both “Customizing your Homepage” and “System and Custom Widgets.” You must repeat this process for each course where you want to use homepage widgets.
  2. As of this writing, there are 5 widgets for Library resources:
    1. “Library Contact,” which adds an “Ask a Librarian” live chat box, along with contact phone numbers and emails for Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Campus Libraries.
    2.  “Library Search,” which adds the WorldCat search box, just as it appears on the Library Homepage.
    3. Two different versions of links to Library subscription databases: “A to Z List” (alphabetical list of all databases) and “Library Databases” (a link to the list of all databases plus direct links to the 7 most popular databases).
    4. “Library Guides,” a box with links to our most used LibGuides pages, as well as a link to the LibGuides search page.

Embed Codes for Course Content Widgets

This method of embedding widgets into your Talon courses has you copy and paste the embed code for the widgets you want to use into a module or sub-module description.

1. On Talon, create a module or sub-module where you want a widget to show up. In order for the widget to show up on the Course Content page (and not require students to follow a link to see it) only one widget per module or sub-module may be embedded. 

2. In the Course Content table of contents along the left side of the screen, click on the name of the module or sub-module you just created, then click below the title of the module, on "Add a description..." Now click on the "Insert stuff" button that looks like this: 

and click on "Enter Embed Code."

3. Now come back to this Faculty Servcies LibGuide page, and select, then copy, the embed code for the widget you want to embed. The sample images below show what the widget will look like, and the embed code is what you copy and paste.

4. Now go back to your Talon page and paste into the "Enter Embed Code" box. Click "Next," then "Insert," then "Update." 

Available Widgets

Please note: You can create a widget from any box or page of content anywhere within the Library's LibGuides pages. Just email Kate Hess or Ryan Strempke-Durgin in the Library and let us know what box you want embedded in your Talon, and we'll send you the embed code. 

Small preview:

Embed code:

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style="border: 1px solid #bbb; border-radius: 4px;
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<iframe width="100%" height="500" scrolling="yes"
style="border: 1px solid #bbb; border-radius: 4px;"



Library Databases for Nursing-related Topics

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Using LOR (Learning Object Repository) in Talon for Library content

Library Services has created content pulled from our online help guides (LibGuides) for faculty use in their Talon courses, through the Talon LOR (Learning Object Repository). If you have any questions about this process, need any help, or have suggestions for additional Library content for the Talon LOR, please contact Kate Hess or Ryan Strempke-Durgin at the Library.


  1. From your Talon course, create or go to the module where you want to place the Library help guide.

  2. Click the “Upload / Create” button, and select “Add Object from LOR”

  3. In the search box type in “Library” to see all available learning objects created by the Library, or search for the topic you want (e.g. MLA or APA).

  4. You may click on the title of an object to preview it, or you can select it by clicking on the circle. Then click “Next”.

  5. Talon then gives you 3 options for how to use the content. We recommend the “Dynamic Link to Newest Version”. This means that if the Library needs to update any content in the object, yours will also be automatically updated. You may alternatively choose to “Copy as Content,” which allows you to make changes to the content to fit the needs of your students.
  6. Click “Next.”
  7. Click “Create Topic.” The learning object should now be showing in your course.

Linking to Articles in Library Databases

To place a direct link to a database article into Talon (or any other website, PowerPoint, etc.), it is essential that you use the persistent URL or "permalink" to that article, which each database will provide you with. This permalink can then be copy and pasted just like any other link. Please note, copy and pasting from the browser's address box will result in a broken link. If you have any trouble finding the permalink for an article, see the examples below for several of our most used databases, or contact the Library for help.

  1. Find the persistent URL
  2. Check for the Off-Campus Access Prefix 
  3. Copy and paste
  4. Test your link!

1. Find the persistent URL

To point your students directly to an article, e-book or e-book chapter in a database, always look for the persistent URL or "permalink" provided by the database. Do not copy and paste from your browser's address box. Listed below are directions of linking articles from major databases.

  • EBSCOhost databases: Click the article title and look for “Permalink” on the right of your screen.

  • Newsstand (ProQuest)

    Click "Details" below the article title.

    Then look for “Document URL” at the bottom of your screen.

  • Literature Resource Center, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and Opposing Viewpoints: Scroll down to the very bottom of the page, and copy the URL as it is given in the citation.

  • CQ Research: Click the article title and look for “Document URL” at the bottom of your screen. (Off-campus prefix needed. See step #2 below.)

  • DSM-IV-TR Manual: Always use as the link to get to the main DSM-IV-TR page. To link to chapters in the book, use be sure to use the off-campus prefix ( ) in front of the URL you see once you click to the chapter. This is true for all resources from Psychiatry Online. 

2. Check for the Off-Campus Access Prefix ( )

Many databases, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest automatically add the proxy prefix ( ) in their persistent URLs.  If you do not see the proxy information, you need to manually add it. See the example below.

3. Copy and paste the URL into Talon

You can create a link in almost any section of Talon. However, the links tend to work best, and can be most easily found again later if you need to change or test the link, if you add it as its own new item with the "Upload/Create", "Create a Link" function.

4. Always test your link before making it available to students!

Linking to Ebooks

You can link an ebook in EBSCOhost directly into your website, Powerpoint presentation, email, or Talon.

Linking to an entire book

  • Click on the "Permalink" link along the right side of the book's detailed record screen then copy and paste the URL.


Linking to a chapter or a page of an ebook 

  • Go to the first page of the chapter or section you want to link to.
  • Click the Permalink button along the right side of the page (the icon of chain links)
  • Copy and paste the URL to share.