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Syracuse University Libraries

Faculty Resources for Online Teaching

Guide for faculty delivering course instruction online.

Welcome, SU online and distance faculty!

This guide has been created to support faculty who are teaching in an online format and wish to incorporate library resources into their courses.  In addition to using this guide, please consult the Rapid Online Course Development Guide for best practices on transitioning a face to face course to an online format.

If you have any questions related to accessing resources and services at Syracuse University Libraries, please visit the Finding Help tab of this guide. 

Library Rights for Online & Distance Students

In 2008 the Association of College & Research Libraries adopted a set of standards designed to help academic libraries to better support online and distance students. The Standards for Distance Learning Library Services are a response to several critical factors, including:

  • the rapid growth of higher education learning opportunities that take place outside the traditional classroom;
  • greater recognition of the need for library resources and services at locations other than main campuses;
  • growing concern and demand for equitable services for all students in higher education, no matter where the "classroom" may be, or in the absence of a classroom at all;
  • a greater demand for library resources and services by faculty and staff at distance learning sites;
  • and the expansion and advancement in technological innovations in the transmittal of information and the delivery of courses.

A key section of the Standards, the "Access Entitlement Principle," communicates the rights that college and university students, faculty, and staff have in accessing library services and resources:

"All students, faculty members, administrators, staff members, or any other members of an institution of higher education are entitled to the library services and resources of that institution, including direct communication with the appropriate library personnel, regardless of where they are physically located in relation to the campus; where they attend class in relation to the institution’s main campus; or the modality by which they take courses. Academic libraries must, therefore, meet the information and research needs of all these constituents, wherever they may be. This principle of access entitlement, as applied to individuals at a distance, is the undergirding and uncompromising conviction of the Standards for Distance Learning Library Services."