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Faculty & Instructional Support

Scholarship Publishing, Course Materials Support, and Digital Collections


DigitalCommons@Hamline​  DigitalCommons is Hamline's open access institutional repository of scholarly content


SelectedWorks SelectedWorks highlights Hamline authors' publications and studies


Canvas LMS Getting to Know Canvas – resources from the Hamline CTL


Minnesota Libraries Publishing  Project Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project online self-publishing platform

Faculty, staff or students can use this publishing project to easily create private or public ebooks. Learn more -  YouTube video. Interested? Contact your librarian liaison.

Introduction to Bush Library

Library Liaisons

The key point of contact between faculty and Bush Library is the Library Liaison 

A librarian is assigned to every CLA, HSB, and HSE department/program.  The more closely you work with your liaison, the better we can support you and your students.  Your liaison will assist with collection-building and training in support of students' work in your courses. 

Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC)

Hamline's Bush Memorial Library is an active member of Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC), a consortium of local academic libraries including these members. CLIC membership offers fast and easy access to millions of items besides serving as a clearinghouse for academic librarians. See some of the other benefits of CLIC here.

Finding Library Materials

Start from our library home page to find a specific type of material (database, book/ebook, media, reserve item, etc.)

To find nearly all materials at all of the MnPALS Partner Libraries in a single search, use CLICsearch.

To find materials beyond Hamline and the other MnPALS Partner Libraries, use WorldCat  .

Using Library Materials

Your Hamline ID is your library card (library code is encoded on the back).

As part of the Hamline community, you have borrowing privileges at the following libriaries:

  • Bush Library:  Circulation Policies  
  • MnPALS Partner Libraries:  Bethel University and Seminary, Concordia University, St. Catherine University, University of Northwestern, University of St. Thomas.  To use their materials, you can either use the "request" feature in CLICsearch to have them delivered here for you, or visit the library in person and use your Hamline ID to check materials out.  Deliveries are twice daily, M - F when classes are in session, once a day, M - F when they're not.

Questions about using materials?  Contact the Central Service Desk (CSD).

Off-Campus Access

When you are off-campus, you will need to enter your Hamline username and passphrase to access materials in our licensed databases. This is the same login and passphrase you use for your Canvas course and for your Hamline computer. Remember to use  yourloginXX and NOT 

Having trouble connecting?  Try our off-campus access troubleshooting guide.

We provide access to materials, in print and online, that support student research in the disciplines taught at Hamline.  As publishing models--and scholarship itself--change with advances in technology, we continue to explore new ways to do this.  For example, academic libraries are buying less, leasing/subscribing more, and even piloting other ways of providing content to our communities, such as Patron Driven Acquisition.

Our collections include:

In addition to Hamline's online and physical collections, faculty have access to the collections of Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) libraries.

MnPALS Partner Libraries include:

  • Bethel University Library
  • Bethel Seminary Library
  • Concordia University, St. Paul - Library Technology Center
  • St. Catherine University
    • St. Paul Campus Library
  • University of Northwestern - St. Paul - Berntsen Library
  • University of St. Thomas
    • O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library
    • Charles J. Keffer Library
    • Schoenecker Law Library
    • Archbishop Ireland Library

Use CLICsearch to find materials at Hamline's Bush Memorial Library and other MnPALS partner libraries.

A significant part of our mission is to provide students with the skills they will need to do research for your courses.  These skills are sometimes overlooked because it's assumed that students are getting this instruction someplace else (you may have experienced that yourself as a student). Bush Library's instruction programs are designed to support the scholarly learning activities of students, faculty, and staff. The skills, sources and systems taught are adaptable for a lifelong use of information.

Learning Outcomes

Bush Library is committed to supporting the university-wide learning outcome for student learning:

A Hamline graduate will be able to use information and technology competently and responsibly.

Working collaboratively with classroom faculty, the instruction sessions provided by Bush Library are designed to help Hamline students become proficient in the following program level information literacy learning outcomes:

  • Developing a research strategy
  • Selecting the appropriate finding tools (databases/indexes) for their research.
  • Effectively using search finding tools
  • Using finding tool features
  • Retrieving sources from multiple providers
  • Evaluating the sources they discover
  • Documenting the sources they cite in their research
  • Understanding the economic, legal and social issues which surround the creation, use, and ownership/retention of information

Bush Library currently uses the Credo assessment software to measure student learning in selected undergraduate courses. For more information on assessment of information literacy, contact librarian Amy Sheehan.

New students

You can help ensure that all Hamline students are prepared for research by inviting a librarian into your class. If you teach First Year Writing 1120, a first-year seminar, or a core course in any of the graduate schools, it is especially important that you schedule an introduction to doing research at Hamline.

First-year undergraduate courses

If you teach First Year Writing 1120 or First Year Seminar, a librarian will contact you to schedule a session. 

New graduate student courses

If you teach one of the core programs in the graduate schools, your library liaison will contact you to schedule a session.

Every department and school on campus has a librarian assigned who will assist with collection-building and training in support of students' work in your courses. Your liaison is your point-of-contact with Bush Library.

View a list of library liaisons.

Library Privileges for Visiting Scholars

Bush Library provides access to our print and digital collections and databases to visiting scholars who are officially sponsored by a department, program or school of the university for a period determined by the sponsoring party. We are unable to provide access to the extended collections of our sister schools in CLIC (Cooperating Libraries in Consortium), the University of Minnesota, or other academic libraries. We also do not extend interlibrary loan privileges (borrowing of materials from other libraries) to our visiting scholars.

Many university offices are involved in creating the identification pieces needed to offer a visiting scholar access to library products and services. We recommend a minimum of two weeks to make sure that all university offices are able to complete their step(s) in the process.

Step 1

The sponsoring party, (a Hamline department, program or school) contacts the Central Service Desk (651-523-2220) to request the creation of a Hamline Username and Password for the visiting scholar.

Step 2

Upon receiving the Hamline Username and Password, the sponsoring party shares this information with their library liaison and the Virtual Services Systems Librarian.

Step 3

Bush Library contacts Human Resources and the Administrative Information Systems (Banner/Workday) Office to ensure that the visiting scholar gets appropriate system coding, so that data can be downloaded and added to the library patron file.

Step 4

Bush Library updates the library patron file, including a service expiration date, and notifies the sponsoring party that library privileges are available.

Step 5

The sponsoring party notifies their library liaison when the visiting scholar arrives on campus, so that the scholar will have an opportunity for a formal introduction to the library’s resources for scholarship.

Step 6

The library informs and holds the sponsoring party financially responsible for late fees, and lost book charges incurred by their visiting scholar. The sponsoring party will determine the availability and funding for printing and photocopying expenses for their visiting scholar.

Leganto Reading Lists

Expert Tip: Try our Reading List Service (Leganto) embedded in Canvas in which you can simply tag items for reserves. Creating embedded reading lists can save time and help students more easily access freely available Bush Library resources.

Support for Your Course

Online course materials

Many students do not have time to come to the library.  Technology and publishing is at the point that we can provide online materials most of the time, including streaming video. Your liaison can help you create an online presence for all of your supplemental course reading/viewing.  If we don't have it, we'll do our best to purchase it.  We can also help you create links from Canvas to these materials. Or, we can create a Research Guide for your course that does the same and more.

See our page on linking to online library materials .

Course Reserves

See our course reserves page for faculty. 

Using DVDs and Videos in class

Use our Faculty Media Request form to reserve a video for use in class.

Research Training for your students

You can ensure that your students are prepared to do research for your course or discipline by scheduling a session with a librarian.  This has the potential to both improve the quality of students' research and save them time.  We can also create a Research Guide that will lead your students to the best books, databases, reference sources, and websites for their assignments.  Browse some of the research guides created for programs and courses.

Possible topics: 

  • Finding and getting materials beyond CLICsearch (Worldcat, U of MN and other catalogs); specialized databases (Nexis Uni, Art Full Text, Sage)
  • Specialized websites (government and policy websites);
  • Advanced search methods for any database;
  • Significant resources in a particular discipline.

To schedule an advanced session, contact your library liaison.

Your library liaison can create a Research Guide for your department, program, or course.  This is essentially "one-stop shopping" for your students' research.  We will recommend databases, keywords, websites, or other resources that will help your students get a jump-start on their research.

If you'd like, your liaison can also visit your classroom to provide an introduction to the Guide or hands-on experience.

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Support for Your Research

Consult a librarian.  If you'd like general assistance, contact the Central Service Desk (CSD). For research or more in-depth library information, contact one our Reference Librarians. Try our.  If you'd like assistance with finding sources for your research, contact your library liaison.  We can work with you to identify relevant databases, keywords, or search strategies.  We can also help identify other specialized collections or resources.

Get Materials From Beyond CLIC
Use our ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system to get articles, books, microfilm, etc. that are not available through our CLIC consortium. More information on borrowing and renewing.

As a Hamline faculty or staff, you can walk into any CLIC Library in the St. Paul area, use the resources and check out items. Simply bring your Hamline ID. CLIC-Cooperating Libraries in Consortium

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