Talk About Just Living: Classroom Strategies for Social Justice Learning in the Public Sphere

The Main Library Learning Commons invites you to attend the faculty workshop Talk About Just Living: Classroom Strategies for Social Justice Learning in the Public Sphere on Friday, September 18th from 1:30-4:30pm

Take advantage of the second annual Theme Semester Just Living in Spring 2016 to infuse your assignments with social justice issues that will resonate with your students. Give students the opportunity to engage in dialogue about social justice in public using your curriculum as their voice. Faculty can use assignments and projects to encourage students to engage with social justice issues and to learn what it means to participate in a public conversation.

This workshop will provide instructors the opportunity to reimagine how they can incorporate social justice into their curriculum and learn about opportunities for their students to showcase their work in public spaces. Participants will:

  • Discover opportunities and resources available for showcasing student work connected to the spring 2016 theme semester Just Living.
  • Learn how faculty and campus partners have promoted student work in public using the Learning Commons.
  • Revamp a current or previous assignment into something that can be displayed or performed in public.
  • Infuse social justice themes into a current or previous assignment.
  • Learn how to use the Just Living website to market courses related to social justice.

Experienced guest instructors will share their insights and experiences in using the Learning Commons to promote their students’ work and will demonstrate future opportunities on campus to showcase student work publicly. Participants will leave with a variety of project ideas for classroom use and will have the opportunity to return for an optional, drop in working session the following week where colleagues from the University Libraries, Learning Commons, and Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology will be available for one-on-one consultation.

The workshop will be held in Group Rooms 1103/1105 in the Main Library Learning Commons on Friday, September 18th from 1:30-4:30pm with an optional, drop-in work session on Friday, September 25 from 1:30-4:30pm. The institute is open to all faculty and instructors. There is no cost to attend, although pre-registration to the institute is required. Please register here.

Main Library North Entrance and Graduate Study Room to Close Next Week

Due to construction on the Main Library Exhibit Space, the north entrance to the Main Library will be closed starting May 18th. The entrance is expected to reopen on Tuesday, May 26th. The third floor Graduate Study Room will also be closed Monday-Wednesday, May 18-20.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Remote Delivery Service Available to Faculty

Will you be spending your summer doing research outside the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids metro area but still need access to library materials? Take advantage of our remote delivery service!  While searching the library catalog, place a delivery request for remote delivery and enter in the address where the book should be delivered.  We use UPS so delivery is fast and traceable.  For further information and a listing of cities excluded from this service, please visit:  http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/circ/deliveryservices/

New Service for Faculty: Renew Your Loans Online

The University Libraries is pleased to announce that faculty, graduate students, honors students, and P&S staff will now be able to go online (via My Account) and renew annual loans (currently due in June 2015).  You no longer need to bring your loans to a campus library to be renewed on-site.  This service change seeks to provide more convenient access to library collections and recognize the long-term needs of our users.  Questions can be directed to your library liaison or Amy Paulus, Head of Access Services.

Changes in the Main Library Periodical Collection

The Libraries is making the periodical collection on the third floor of Main Library more orderly and accessible by reorganizing all volumes into a single alphabetically arranged sequence. A project is underway to shelve the current issues with the rest of their bound volumes. Bound periodicals run in alphabetical order on the east side of third floor. If you are having problems locating an issue, please call 335-5299, text 319-313-2395, or visit the Service Desk on the 1st floor.