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Faculty 411

A guide to library services that support faculty at Cal Maritime

Library Services for Faculty


Liaison librarians can partner with faculty to support student learning by:

  • Visiting your class to guide students. Faculty librarians provide interactive, hands-on instruction on research strategy, database navigation, website evaluation, source citation, and otherwise finding and using library and open web resources appropriate to your assignment. 
  • Creating online course guides with a customized, discipline-specific set of resources tailored to your assignments.
  • Reviewing your assignment and suggesting appropriate ways to develop information fluency outcomes, incorporate library research, guide students in the use of library and open web resources, and assess how well our resources will fit your assignment

One-on-One Collaboration

Have a question or need help with your own research? You can always stop by the library to ask in person, but you can also e-mail us, call us, or request a one-on-one research consultation. Schedule an Appointment

Collection Development

Liaison librarians are responsible for developing and maintaining collections related to their assigned disciplines. If you'd like us to purchase a book, DVD, or other item for the collection, please let us know.


High demand course materials can be placed on Reserve at the library. Please see our Reserve Policy or contact Pamela Baird for more information.   

Course Reserves During COVID-19

Course Reserves During COVID-19

For Students:

  • Physical course materials: Course reserve textbooks check out for 24 hours. They will be quarantined for up to 24 hours between uses. Late fees are suspended.
  • Electronic course materials:  Electronic course materials should be available through Brightspace; ask your professor if you have questions.

For Faculty:

  • Physical course materials: Continue to work with Pamela Baird to place physical materials on reserve. Because of longer checkout times and quarantine of materials, extra copies are welcome.
  • Electronic course materials:  Please contact your liaison librarian to discuss whether your materials are available in electronic format, and other options including scanning, subject to copyright limitations.

For Faculty: Information Fluency Instruction

Information Fluency Instruction During COVID-19

Cal Maritime librarians are prepared to support information fluency instruction in the format that best matches your class modality this Fall. Please consider the format of your class, the assignments you are using, and your information fluency learning outcomes. Then let us know what kind of instruction will best fit your course.* Here are some examples:

  • Synchronous visit via Zoom. This option most closely resembles an in-person class visit. If your class is meeting synchronously this may be the best fit for you class. Librarians can prepare a lesson plan that includes lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on activities (individual or small groups).
  • Asynchronous visit via Brightspace. This option may be well-suited for asynchronous courses. Librarians can interact with students in a variety of ways, such as participating in a discussion board or helping design an assignment.
  • Research guide hosted on the library website. Guides can be broad in topic (like this multi-page guide for MT resources: or more narrowly focused (like the one for ME490 - Engineering Design:
  • One-on-one/group research consultations. Students can schedule research consultations with a librarian using zoom.
  • Tutorials or videos. We have curated a collection of short videos that help students with the research process:

* Please keep in mind that some of these options may require more lead time than in the past.

Request Instruction

Please send an email to your Liaison Librarian with the following information.

  • Course name and number
  • Number of students and class location
  • Preferred dates & times
  • Description and timeline for research-related assignment
  • Topics you would like us to cover

Please include a copy of the assignment prompt you have given your students.

Department Liaisons

The Cal Maritime library has designated specific librarians as liaisons to each department.

Margot Hanson is the liaison to the School of Letters & Sciences:

  • Culture and Communication

  • Global Studies and Maritime Affairs

  • Sciences and Mathematics 

Amber Janssen is the liaison to the School of Engineering:

  • Facilities Engineering Technology and Marine Engineering Technology

  • Mechanical Engineering

Kitty Luce is the liaison to the School of Marine Transportation, Logistics & Management, as well as the graduate program in Transportation & Engineering Management:

  • International Business and Logistics (Margot Hanson replacing temporarily during Spring 2021)

  • Marine Transportation

  • Naval Science

  • Transportation and Engineering Management

Past Faculty Development Workshops