The Ray Howard Library Can Help

The Ray Howard Library partners with faculty to create cutting-edge technology-rich information literacy learning. Take Control. Use the Library.

Every week, the library sends a newsletter with nuts and bolts of getting services and resources for you and our students.

  • How to request films   
  • streaming films/new films       
  • Zones for noise
  • Great collaborations   
  • ACRL Framework/Threshold concepts

How to suggest a film purchase
If you need a film for face-to-face classroom use, and the library does not own it, please visit the Instructors Toolkit on the library website and click the button for Purchasing & Reserves.

Our budget is more limited for films for use in an online class because we pay for the film usually for three years, after which we have to pay again. We can no longer purchase streaming rights for DVDs. We are unable to purchase public performance rights for campus events. Learn more about public performance rights here. We will inform you when we cannot purchase more films because the budget has been spent down, but please continue to let us know you want a film! We purchase DVDs of Oscar winners every year. Please contact Acting Associate Dean Leslie Potter-Henderson or if you have any questions.

Streaming films from Kanopy
You can view and use these streaming films from Kanopy. Search Kanopy from the library website to see a list of streaming films from Kanopy. Each of these films has been suggested for purchase by Shoreline Community College faculty.

Noise Zones
The Library strives to be a space where students and others in our community can conduct research and do a variety of work, whether they need a spot to study silently alone, study with a partner or a small group, or gather where a larger group can collaborate freely on team projects. To accommodate these different learning needs, the Library has different noise zones: for interactive study using quiet conversations, the center of the main floor is zoned for interactive research. Larger groups can use one of our six study rooms (4229-4234), which can easily be booked online or on the tablet mounted in the hallway near the rooms. And for silent study, students are welcome to work in the computer lab on the first floor, or the seats around the periphery of the Library are often peaceful! For more information, visit our Noise policy page. Please let students know that the library is a place where they can find the study space that suits their needs.

Great Collaborations
Faculty librarians at the Ray Howard Library collaborate with instructional faculty to create engaging, relevant learning experiences. Many sections of chemistry 171 run an assignment co-designed by chemistry instructors and librarians in which students learn about peer review and evidence-based research studies through videos, an individual session with a faculty librarian, searching databases and writing a short paper. Librarians are able to tailor the conversation to the student’s knowledge and experience. Want to know more about this assignment? Contact Cherl Lovseth or

ACRL Framework and library instruction
Interested in how faculty librarians think about information literacy concepts? The Association of Research & College Libraries (ACRL) Framework is changing how we approach teaching information literacy. Instead of teaching skills that may be out-of-date tomorrow, the ACRL Framework introduces threshold concepts that, once mastered, dispose learners to certain knowledge practices. The Framework is pretty new, and librarians are thinking about, playing with, and exploring it. Contact TaChalla Ferris or if you would like to learn more!

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