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Remote Resources and Live Support for Distance Education: Library Services

Resources for faculty and students to successfully transition to remote teaching and learning.

EPCC Online Library Services for Faculty and Students


Instructional Information Resources on COVID-19 for Discourse

EPCC Libraries Online Databases contain up to date scholarly and peer-review resources, data, audio, images, statistics, reference sources, video and news content to help students review the facts and decide for them­selves and enhance discourse. For example, pro and con reliable information sources for the following topics:


  • What is the Value and Ethics of Using Phone Data to Monitor COVID-19?
  • Are Quarantines and Travel Restrictions Appropriate Responses to COVID-19?
  • What is the mental health and cultural impact in the United States due to COVID-19?
  • Comparing current pandemic with prior pandemics
  • Or understanding and defining COVID-19 terms such as Ventilator vs. respirator, quarantine vs. isolation and social distancing.

Contact an EPCC Librarian to help you develop an assignment using online library resources. Or for COVID-19 information from reliable resources please visit LibGuide

Video Tutorials - Learn how to access our databases, eBooks, catalog and much more!


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Faculty Request for Online Library Instruction

Online Library Instruction 

Online Library Instruction is available upon request of instructional faculty for all disciplines and campuses.  EPCC instructors may request virtual library instruction for their online classes. A librarian will guide students through the basic research process and introduce them to available online library resources. Sessions can be synchronous or asynchronous and library instruction can be customized for specific assignments. 

Modalities available for virtual library instruction: 

• Synchronous: Virtual instruction can be synchronous, offered in real time. All students, instructor and librarian are together in one virtual room interacting. Using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. 

• Asynchronous: a librarian can provide materials that you can post on your Blackboard for students to access at any time: Such as, pre-record a video or provide your students with information through a LibGuide. District wide librarians will do their best to ensure that posted materials are accessible (e.g., videos will be captioned). Materials posted can remain in your course shell for the rest of the semester. 

• Embedded librarian: A librarian can be enroll in your Blackboard course in the Teaching Assistant role for the reminder of the semester to provide instruction covering library research skills synchronous, asynchronous or a mix of both. The librarian will only post what she/he has discussed and confirmed with the instructor. To schedule online library instruction please email your Head Librarian: 

Northwest Lorely Ambriz 
Mission del Paso Norma Ballenger 
Rio Grande Kristin Sanchez 
Valle Verde Oscar Baeza 
Transmountain Carlos Humphreys 
Dual Credit/Early College Diana Olivares 

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