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Update from the Library

Dear Students and Faculty,

Library Services remains committed to supporting your learning, technology, and research needs. Although physical library spaces are currently closed, we will be available as classes move online to provide virtual support in a variety of ways. Starting March 23, Library and Tech Bar support staff will be available via askON chat service (for library support) and Tech Chat (Tech Bar and Teach Me Tech support) from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday.

Library Service Support: Research Help, APA Citation Support, Tech Questions & More

All Conestoga clients can contact Library Services with their questions by email or via our askON chat service from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday. For more in-depth support, book a virtual consultation with your program liaison.

Academic Integrity

Citing and referencing help will be available Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm on the library's askON chat service. You can find guidelines on our policy and procedure, types of academic misconduct students should avoid, information about Turnitin, and other supports on our Academic Integrity Website. We are developing a new workshop for faculty on using Turnitin for remote teaching, more info will be available soon. For general guidance for students, faculty, staff, and administrators, please contact Cory Scurr at cscurr@conestogac.on.ca.

Comm1085 Drop-In

In-person Comm1085 drop-ins have been canceled, but we're still available to help with your Comm assignments! You can "drop-in" for research and citing help online via askON chat service from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday. For help with writing your assignments, book a virtual appointment through our online booking system.

Copyright

Do you have questions about how to integrate new content or media into your assignments or online teaching materials? Refer to the library's guides, Copyright For Students or Copyright For Faculty and Staff. You may also contact our copyright specialists, James Yochem, jyochem@conestogac.on.ca or Tessa Dueck, tdueck@conestogac.on.ca.

Tech Bar Services

Tech loans will not be available, but we are still offering technical support and answering questions by email or via Tech Chat (via Microsoft Teams) from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday starting on March 23.

Writing Services

Writing Services is available to support students through all stages of their writing. All writing appointments have been moved to virtual sessions, creating a safe and productive environment. If you’d like to improve your writing skills or receive assistance with writing assignments, book a virtual appointment through our online booking system. Service hours: 9am-6pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm on Fridays.

Off-Campus Resources/Services

This webpage offers a list of library resources (digital collections, databases, ebooks, streaming video).

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Also learn how to get library help online (email, chat, online consultations), and find a section about online classes, offering information for students about getting started with Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Workshops (For Faculty)

The library often conducts workshops, and we will continue to support student success in this way. Virtual Research, Academic Integrity, and Writing and Citing workshops are available using Zoom. If you are interested in a virtual writing workshop, contact the Writing Team at writingservices@conestogac.on.ca; if you are interested in a virtual research workshop session, please contact your applicable program liaison;  if you are interested in a virtual academic integrity workshop, contact Cory Scurr at cscurr@conestogac.on.ca.

Library Loans

All library loans have been suspended for the time being. Please note that we have extended the loan period on items (e.g. books) that are currently checked-out by clients. The new return date is April 20, 2020 (we will extend it again if necessary). Overdue fees will be suspended during this period. If you are planning to leave the region, we can make alternative arrangements for returning library materials through Security Services, please email us at lrcccirc@conestogac.on.ca.

The Learning Portal

The Learning Portal provides shared access to online resources from all Ontario Colleges. Students can find access to open learning resources and services, including information about study skills, research, writing, digital skills, digital citizenship and more. For Faculty, the Faculty Toolkit is an academic support platform with access to open educational resources, quizzes, assignments and other information useful for course and assignment design. It includes sections on AODA best practices, Indigenous content inclusion, and much more.

Service hours are subject to change as we continue to assess Library and Tech support services in the coming days and weeks. See you online!