Faculty can suggest topics for broader student technology training guides, instruction for class time learning technology sessions, one-on-one collaboration on assignment or project creation, and more. While the Emerging Technologies Librarian does some general information literacy instruction, the primary focus is on technological literacy and support for active learning teaching styles.
Partnering with teaching faculty personalizes library services for both faculty and students, refocusing the image of the library from the storehouse to the partner in teaching and learning--an active role in active learning. As part of this initiative, the library is also represented in USM's Center for Excellence in Spires Teaching & Learning, with both the Emerging Technologies Librarian and Library Director developing workshops for faculty on topics covering everything from open educational resources to time management and productivity tools.
As more faculty members introduce multimedia projects for their classes, online guides introduce the basics of new technological skills to both students and faculty considering similar projects for their own courses. The Emerging Technologies Librarian, Ashley Creek, has built introductory guides to several popular technologies--these are linked as sub-tabs for this page.
Technology tools are available for reservation and checkout by all Saint Mary students, faculty, and staff for academic or personal projects. Equipment purchases focus on tools with small learning curves and intuitive design, though the LibCal Equipment Manager interface also allows the library to upload user manuals and tutorial videos to the catalog record for each item, giving users curated options for support and troubleshooting whether or not the library is open.