Library Support during COVID-19

One advantage to being a small community is that we can pivot quickly. Once MSP classes went virtual, our Academic Librarians began to research and source new ways for students to access what they need online. 

Until recently, printing journal articles and checking out books from the shelf were still time-honored practices at the Moustakas Johnson Library. Of course, library services have been slowly shifting online for years, but the transition to this current period of social distancing suddenly made online resources the only option for students.

We have been vetting electronic resources, so you don’t have to. Below are the virtual resources we have sourced to hopefully help smooth the transition.

Accessing Databases Remotely

We have sent a few email reminders about accessing databases remotely, finding full text fast, and using interlibrary loan. We know reminders are easily forgotten or get buried in your inbox.

If you have the slightest bit of trouble with any library service, send an email to [email protected], Jana ([email protected]), or Michelle ([email protected]) for personal attention.

PsycTherapy Video Streaming

Streaming video is available on demand at all hours via EBSCO’s PsycTherapy.  Access transcripts and search by keyword to pinpoint specific techniques and practitioners.

Experts in their field (146 to be exact) will demonstrate different methods and techniques. A transcript is displayed alongside every video segment. All in all, there are nearly 500 videos included in this package.

For more details, APA offers highlights and a video introduction. You can also check out a short video tour of APA PsycTherapy (9 minutes).

APA PsycBooks

Books are often better starting places for research than journals. If a subject has you feeling lost, take a look at what APA PsycBOOKS (also in EBSCO) has to offer.

Academic Publishers

Many academic publishers have stepped up to provide increased access to valuable resources during this crisis.  In the past, all students used testing manuals in print. Some of you are now using the WAIS IV manual online, which was added by the publisher only days before the start of class.

Free E-books 

When we heard that students might experience delays in the delivery of their textbook orders, we discovered that VitalSource was making its catalog of ebooks available for free through May 25.

When access to ebooks has not been possible, we have requested more book chapters and made those available as coursepack readings.

Did you check out books or testing material from the building?

All due dates are being monitored and automatically renewed. We thank you for keeping those items long term.  Those of you with custody of interlibrary loan items, please take especially good care of them – we want to be able to return these items in good condition!

We want MSP students and faculty to have as many resources as possible during this stressful time. We are always looking for ways to support you in your academic endeavors.  Please let us know how we can help!

Michelle Wheeler, MSI

Head Academic Librarian

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Jana Thompkins, MLIS

Academic Librarian