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SUNY Jefferson

Faculty Resources

Library Resources for online instruction

Embed a librarian into your Blackboard course

 What is an embedded librarian?

A librarian added to your online course in Blackboard for a period of time to support your student learners in their research. 

Embedded librarians can:

  • Develop customized research guides and add them to your course in Blackboard.
  • Develop customized video tutorials explaining research concepts and resources.
  • Monitor a discussion board in the course site to enable students to ask the librarian specific questions about research relating to class assignments.

Why have an embedded librarian in your course?

Distance learning classes do not always offer the opportunity for a typical in-person library instruction session.  Therefore, it is difficult for distance learning students to know what resources and services are available to them through the library.  An embedded librarian can help address this by supporting students in their space virtually.

What we need from faculty in order for the embedded librarian to be successful:

  • Faculty will need to be comfortable providing a librarian with access to their course in Blackboard.  In addition, faculty will need to be willing to allow the librarian to participate in course discussion boards to help provide feedback and answers regarding library research questions.
  • Faculty will also need to provide the librarian with information regarding course content or research assignments for the course

How do I request an embedded librarian?

If you are interested in incorporating an embedded librarian in your class, download and fill out the attached form below.  For more information about embedding a librarian into your course contact Carleen Huxley, 315-786-2402 or

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7:30 am - 5 pm Friday                                      8 am - 2 pm Friday                                

12 noon - 5 pm Sunday                                    Closed Weekends

Closed Saturday


Accessing eBooks

The library has over 300,000 full text e-books available through Primo!

To search for e-books use Primo on the library homepage , do a search  and use the facets on the left side column of the results page. Under "Availability" choose "Available Online" and under "Material Type" choose "Books" to narrow your results to just eBooks.

How to create links to database articles and films to use in Blackboard

You can put links to specific articles from the JCC databases in your Blackboard class so that all your students can read the same resource. You can also provide links to streaming video clips from Films On Demand, images from ArtStor and music tracks from Naxos. The key to creating this link is using the permanent link (or permalink, durable link, etc.) to the specific item and making sure the EZProxy prefix for Jefferson is appended to the front of the permalink.

To find a permalink for an EBSCO article, choose the title of the article from the results list. This takes you to the full record. The permalink is available on the right. For instance, the permalink to an article is The EZProxy prefix must be added to authenticate the student (i.e., require the student to login) as access is not available to the general public. The dedicated link to the article is now

Special considerations:

  • Science Direct uses DOIs (digital object identifiers) instead of permalinks. Use this prefix and then add the DOI - for example:

  • Films On Demand has the Jefferson EZProxy prefix already built in to the urls.

Any questions? Contact Connie Holberg,, 315-786-2224.