Office of the Dean

Sarah-Watstein

Sarah Barbara Watstein

Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

Fall 2021 Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons!

 

In its placement and prominence, status as both destination and hub, physical and virtual spaces, resources, collections, and integrated services, the library conveys its integral role in supporting Seattle University’s mission, vision, and Strategic Directions. Library Faculty, staff, Student Peer Research Consultants, and student workers are here for YOU!

As the information environment, higher education and Seattle University have changed and evolved through recent years, the library has forged pathways to serve faculty and students more effectively. The pivot to online teaching and learning in Spring Quarter ’20 provided the library with an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to inclusive excellence through a variety of strategies to improve access and affordability for our students. During the 2021/2022 academic year, we will continue to provide many of our services online while at the same time resuming onsite operations.

Using our web site, you can browse and access our digital collections, view guides and e-reserve materials for courses. We are continually expanding our digital collections to provide more eBooks and streaming media. Our print and media collections are available onsite or request for pickup.   Request of digital scans of Article and Book Chapters is also an option.    You can also request materials from other libraries using Summit or interlibrary loan or have materials mailed to you if you live farther away. You can also check out technology using this service.

You can ask a librarian or student consultant for assistance and set up virtual or in-person research consultations via our 24/7 chat service, or in-person at our reopened iDesk.  For more information, please visit our Ask a Librarian page. The library also provides integrated information literacy training for courses across the University.  Your class may visit the library to learn more about searching and finding information using our resources, and tips and tricks for navigating the complexities of the information environment.

We are especially excited to open the doors to the Billodue Makerspace in the Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation. Supporting multidisciplinary learning across all aspects of the university, the Billodue Makerspace is a destination where students - often alongside staff, faculty, and mentors - can create, problem solve, and develop skills, talents, thinking, and intellectual rigor.

The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance a consortium serving academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of 37 member institutions, the Alliance provides access to extensive book and journal collections, a shared collection of electronic books, courier delivery to member libraries, and digital collections.

Effective September 20th, 2021, in line with the University's expanding in-person classes and services, the library will be opening expanded service hours for the Fall Quarter.

Building Hours and Access

  • Mon – Thurs:  7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sun 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • 24/7 study space available

Campus Card Required for Entry

  • Monday – Friday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 a.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday, All day

 We have made changes to our operations to safeguard both your health as well as the health of our staff. The University’s COVID-19 response provides information about Fall opening; weekly updates help the campus community keep up with the latest public health recommendations and requirements and their impact on business and operations. Face coverings are required in the library.

The library is committed to ensuring that, whether you visit us on campus or are learning online, you’ll have access to the high-quality physical and virtual spaces, resources, collections, and integrated services you require to be successful.

Library faculty, staff, and student workers wish you a happy and productive Fall Quarter and look forward to assisting you both virtually and in person.

 

Stay safe and be well!

Sarah Barbara Watstein

Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

 

 

February 8, 2021

Winter Quarter Access and Affordability Initiatives

 

A Message from Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

To reopen our facility to the University community, the library and learning commons is phasing in the reopening or resumption of spaces, core functions, operations and limited in-person services consistent with guidance from the CDC, state, and county, including guidance specific to higher education. To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the campus community, we are working with campus partners on a variety of “positive education” efforts. The delivery of enhanced virtual services with an emphasis on flexibility and ease of access for our users is prioritized. Growing equity is also prioritized; we are working with campus partners to further develop, unify and effectively market a growing suite of access and affordability initiatives.

There are a few access and affordability initiatives I want to highlight as we move into February:

ACCESS TO COLLECTIONS AND TECHNOLOGY LENDING

 Contactless Pickup Services

  • Contactless pickup services of physical items are available for all SU faculty, staff, and students. Material processing and pickup will be available Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For additional information about these services please contact Lemieux Library Access Services (libcirc@seattleu.edu).

 

Postal Delivery and Return Services

  • Postal delivery and returns are available for select materials for students outside the Seattle area. For information about the delivery and return of library materials, please contact Lemieux Library Access Services (libcirc@seattleu.edu).

 

Digitization Services

  • Seattle University faculty, students, and staff may request digital scans of small portions of the Lemieux Library physical collection including book chapters and journal articles. Request to scan and deliver will be done via our interlibrary loan platform Illiad. For additional information about digitization services please contact Lemieux Library Resource Sharing (ill@seattleu.edu). Libguide: Article & Book Scanning.

 

Technology Lending

  • To support students during online learning the library is lending Chromebooks, laptops, and internet hotspots. For more information on library technology lending, or to request a device, please see our guide.
  • For faculty teaching courses on campus Winter Quarter, lapel microphones and presentation clickers are available to checkout. Instructions will be provided at checkout. To schedule a pickup, please contact the library at librarysupport@seattleu.edu.

 

ACCESS TO SERVICES

 Learning Assistance Programs

  • Learning Assistance Programs provides peer tutoring, facilitated study groups, and learning strategy development through scheduled workshops and individual meetings with a learning specialist. All services are available virtually. For more information students can visit the LAP website, and can contact our Office Assistants through chat, email, phone, or the Zoom Virtual Desk Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, for assistance.

 

Math Lab

  • MathLab provides a “Virtual Study Hall” for Seattle U students in lower division Math courses from Math 1000 to Math 2330, including UCOR 1200. Join us over Zoom to work in the presence of fellow students on your math problems. Each meeting is hosted by an SU student that can answer short questions via chat or longer questions via the breakout room feature in Zoom. The Math Lab is open Winter Quarter Mondays – Thursdays from 3:30-8:30pm. 

 

Writing Center

  • Writing Center is available to assist students at all stages of the writing process. Consultants will help students begin writing tasks, organize and develop first drafts, and revise and edit later drafts. Appointments with a consultant are available virtually either synchronously or asynchronously depending on the student’s preference. For more information students can visit the Writing Center website, and can contact our Office Assistants through chat, email, or phone Monday-Wednesday, 9am-8pm, Thursday 9am-12pm and 2pm-8pm, and Friday 9am-3pm for assistance.

 

Research Services

  • Research Services is a collaborative team of Research Services librarians and Student Peer Research Consultants (SPRCs), dedicated to supporting our patrons through any stage of the research process. To meet the needs of our patrons, Research Services librarians, assisted by the Student Peer Research Consultants provide the following remote services:  24/7 virtual chat services, email support, instruction support (for faculty) and Zoom-based research consultations for students/faculty/staff.

Chat

  • Lemieux Library’s Research Services department is staffing our virtual chat service to provide students with quick answers to their questions!  Student Peer Research Consultants and Librarians are available by chat Monday through Thursday 10-6, and on Friday and Sunday from 10-4. After business hours and on weekends the chat service is monitored by librarians and staff from member libraries in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, providing 24/7 remote research support.

 

ACCESS TO SPACES

Zoom-Ready Rooms

  • Private study rooms on the 4th and 5th floors are available for zooming a class, joining a virtual meeting, or attending an online program. Rooms are available Sunday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

24/7 Study Spaces

  • 24/7 study spaces are also available including the Garden Reading Room (1st floor), Byte Café and Bangasser Reading Room (2nd floor), and the Computer Lab (2nd floor)

 

Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean   

 

 

January 25, 2021

Welcome to Winter Quarter 2021!

 

A Message from Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean, Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons

Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons welcomes back new and returning Redhawks!

After a much-needed Winter Holiday Break, the Winter Quarter is finally here! Let me be among the first to welcome you back for the Quarter, whether you are fully online or one of the limited number of Redhawks on campus. The new Quarter is a time to start fresh, and while this winter will look different from what we are used to, I hope you will join me in embracing the opportunities ahead of us.  

We are in the midst of several urgent crises in this country – crises which have profoundly impacted higher education. SU campus leaders and the campus community spent much of this past spring, summer, and fall addressing a trifecta of unique challenges: the global pandemic; the near-and-long-term implications of the virus on teaching, learning, and the student experience; and a historic anti-racist movement.

COVID-19 has, as everyone knows, made the entire school dynamic not only tricky but confusing. And this impact isn’t just felt by students and faculty. Academic libraries have needed to pivot constantly, and Lemieux Library has risen to the challenge. We have kept our Library Faculty, staff, and student workers safe; opened in a way that helped ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff; made the transition to digital services rather smoothly; attended to the spike in requests for remote services; and ensured that everyone has the resources they need. Throughout this, library and learning commons staff demonstrated much dedication and support to our students and our mission.

Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons staff remain available to assist with your information, reference, and research needs. There are a few things I want to highlight as we hit the ground running on the new Quarter:

 

Contactless Pickup Services

  • Contactless pickup services of physical items are available for all SU faculty, staff, and students. Material processing and pickup will be available Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For additional information about these services please contact Lemieux Library Access Services (libcirc@seattleu.edu).

 

Postal Delivery and Return Services

  • Postal delivery and returns are available for select materials for students outside the Seattle area. For information about the delivery and return of library materials, please contact Lemieux Library Access Services (libcirc@seattleu.edu).

 

Digitization Services

  • Beginning January 25th, Seattle University faculty, students, and staff may request digital scans of small portions of the Lemieux Library physical collection including book chapters and journal articles. Request to scan and deliver will be done via our interlibrary loan platform Illiad. For additional information about digitization services please contact Lemieux Library Resource Sharing (ill@seattleu.edu)Libguide: Article & Book Scanning.

 

Technology Lending

  • To support students during online learning the library is lending Chromebooks, laptops, and internet hotspots. For more information on library technology lending, or to request a device, please see our guide.
  • For faculty teaching courses on campus Winter Quarter, lapel microphones and presentation clickers are available to checkout. Instructions will be provided at checkout. To schedule a pickup, please contact the library at librarysupport@seattleu.edu.

 

Learning Commons Virtual Services

  • Learning Assistance Programprovides peer tutoring, facilitated study groups, and learning strategy development through scheduled workshops and individual meetings with a learning specialist. 
  • Writing Center is available to assist students at all stages of the writing process. Consultants will help students begin writing tasks, organize and develop first drafts, and revise and edit later drafts. 
  • MathLab provides a “Virtual Study Hall” for Seattle U students enrolled in lower division mathematics courses. 

 

Research Services

  • Research Services is a collaborative team of Research Services librarians and Student Peer Research Consultants (SPRCs), dedicated to supporting our patrons through any stage of the research process. To meet the needs of our patrons, Research Services librarians, assisted by the Student Peer Research Consultants provide the following remote services:  24/7 virtual chat services, email support, instruction support (for faculty) and Zoom-based research consultations for students/faculty/staff.

 

Chat

  • Lemieux Library’s Research Services department is staffing our virtual chat service to provide students with quick answers to their questions!  Student Peer Research Consultants and Librarians are available by chat Monday through Thursday 10-6, and on Friday and Sunday from 10-4. After business hours and on weekends the chat service is monitored by librarians and staff from member libraries in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, providing 24/7 remote research support.

 

Media Production Center

  • The Media Production Center offers limited in-person drop-in hours for those working on media projects. A selection of equipment kits is available for loan through the main library Circulation Desk, which can be requested through the library catalog. For more information, please see the MPC Guide.

 

 Information Literacy Instruction

  • Librarians and Student Peer Research Consultants are available to provide virtual support for research and information literacy-based assignments through class visits, asynchronous activities, and customized research guides.
  • Students can find a friendly overview of Library Research and Information Literacy resources through the Library’s Research Toolkit.
  • Faculty who would like to integrate library resources into their courses can find information about our services and submit instruction requests through the Library’s Instruction Help guide.

 

I could not be prouder of the work that our library staff and student workers have done during these unprecedented times.

We will be sharing more details about all of this and more on our Website – 

I wish you all a healthy, successful, and fulfilling Quarter.

Sarah Barbara Watstein, Dean