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Distance Library Faculty Services

FSU Libraries supports the instructional and research needs of our faculty whether you are teaching in person or online. Check back periodically for an updated list of workshops as many will be available online and archived for later viewing.

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Library Express Delivery (LEDs)

We deliver library materials for current FSU faculty members, staff, post-docs, and graduate assistants with appointments (i.e., graduate assistants, research assistants and teaching assistants).  Available items are delivered to department offices within 48 hours.  Scanned articles and book chapters are delivered by email

Material Purchase

Instructors can use this form to suggest materials for purchase. Search the library catalog first to see if University Libraries has the item in our collection. If you are requesting the item for off-campus use, please specify you would like an electronic format.

Office of Distance Learning Workshops

Each semester, the Office of Distance Learning offers instructional workshops on a variety of topics. 

Library Workshops

FSU Libraries is pleased to offer a variety of workshops to all FSU students, faculty, and staff. Online workshops are offered to meet the needs of off-campus users.


FSU Libraries will provide scanned copies and links to journal articles and book chapters in a course site. The “E-Reserves” link at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar on the course site provides access to the reserve items.


In order to support student success and equitable access to information, FSU Libraries identifies titles currently available as eBooks and assigned as textbooks and course materials.

Alternative Textbook Grants

FSU Libraries' Alternative Textbook Grants support FSU instructors in replacing commercial textbooks with open educational resources, open textbooks, or library-licensed eResources that are available to students at no cost. Interested instructors are encouraged to review the grant requirements and submit an online application.

Library Services

FSU Libraries provides a number of customized services for instructors teaching distance learning courses.

Online Instruction

Online instruction sessions can be scheduled by contacting Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian, at or your subject specialist. We normally utilize Blackboard Collaborate but we are happy to work with your technology requests to best support your students and your curriculum.Library instruction sessions include topics such as:

  • Searching for peer reviewed material
  • Using databases
  • Citation management
  • Finding resources for research
  • Plagiarism
  • Subject specific resource

Find your subject specialist or schedule a consultation for more information.

Canvas Resources

Florida State University transitioned to Canvas in Spring of 2018. The Office of Distance Learning has provided material on this topic to help instructors get up to speed. Visit the Canvas Transition Center or the Canvas Community Video Library to start. 

Streaming Media

Florida State University Libraries provides a limited number of streaming videos per course taught by an instructor. Each allotment of videos is based specifically by course number, not section. 


Use permalinks when adding an eResource to your course site to avoid broken links. Find more information about how to easily create permalinks for library resources here

Embedding Media

FSU Libraries encourages you to embed library media into your course site. Two popular options for videos are the library database Films on Demand and the FSU Libraries YouTube channel. Do you need a library or research related video for your class? Contact to request a specific video tutorial.


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