The University Libraries are committed to supporting the digitally enhanced learning environment by providing innovative solutions to integrate library content and services into existing and future course environments. We currently offer a variety of services that can be customized to meet the needs of a particular class or an assignment. In addition, we are implementing several pilot projects focused on providing new and reformatted content that best meets the pedagogical needs of these emerging online course environments.

Contact us to consult about available eLearning services - learnlib@umn.edu.

Unizin Engage Pilot

The University Libraries along with partners in the Office of Information Technology, the Center for Educational Innovation, and the University Bookstores is providing access to the Unizin Engage platform in Spring 2016 and Fall 2016.  Engage is a digital content platform that allows faculty to organize, deliver, and measure the uses of open and licensed content for a course. Engage student-course pricing is designed to provide significant savings due to the “All Student Acquire” model. Unizin publisher agreements provide aggressive discounts for students - often 50% off new textbook pricing.

Benefits include:
  • Lower costs of publisher materials to students
  • Access to publisher content on the first day of class
  • All students have the same content, rather than an older version of text
  • Direct integration with Moodle or Canvas, providing students with single sign on access to course material
  • Additional tools for engagement with teachers and students - content based Q&A, content analytics on reading time, notes taken, and questions posed

Contact learnlib@umn.edu to discuss publisher availability, use of openly licensed ornon-textbook content in the Engage environment, or any questions you might have for us!


Digital Coursepack
Work with the University Libraries eLearning team to create your own digital coursepack containing library licensed materials, copyrighted materials, and freely available materials all in one place. The University Libraries' digital coursepack project streamlines the course content creation process to make it easier for faculty and students to get the materials they need for success. Digital Course Packs also help save students money by utilizing materials already owned by the libraries.

Content Discovery We can help instructors find customized course content and materials already purchased through the University Libraries. The Libraries have access to thousands of full-text databases, journals, and e-books that can easily be integrated into your course environment. Utilizing library content saves students money. We can help you find it.

Content Acquisition
The University Libraries will investigate strategic purchases for new materials for direct course support. Work with the University Libraries eLearning and collections/liaison teams to identify content for purchase for your course. We are willing to explore a variety of format, copyright, and delivery issues to help make your experience as painless as possible.

Copyright/Intellectual property advising
Consult with Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian, to learn more about copyright issues in the online course environment. The Copyright Information and Resources site as well as a variety of workshops are also available.

Course Content Creation/Digital Publishing
The Libraries currently offer a variety of services that support course content creation and publishing. We are also exploring more streamlined and integrated solutions for future course support.

Library Course Pages
We can customize a web page of library resources to support an assignment, course or program. Some faculty also add librarians as instructors in their course website (e.g. Moodle) to support student research. We can also give advice on readings, images, video and other media to enrich your online course website.

Find out more about instructional support services at the University Libraries.

Contact Us

Kristi Jensen
Program Development Lead, eLearning Support Initiative

Shane Nackerud
Technology Lead, eLearning Support Initiative

Copyright Questions?

Nancy Sims
Copyright Program Librarian