Due to concerns around the global pandemic, COVID-19, Sonoma State has moved from previously scheduled face-to-face classes to online formats.
As a student at SSU you are now being asked to participate in an online environment using tools with which you may not be familiar. The first thing to remember is that classes have moved online for everyone, students, faculty, staff and administrators, alike. That means, like you, everyone is adjusting. So, don't panic, communicate: ask questions until you understand the answers. Here are some reminders for conduct as we all make adjustments:
In 2008 the Association of College & Research Libraries adopted a set of standards designed to help academic libraries to better support online and distance students. The Standards for Distance Learning Library Services are a response to several critical factors, including:
A key section of the Standards, the "Access Entitlement Principle," communicates the rights that college and university students, faculty, and staff have in accessing library services and resources:
"All students, faculty members, administrators, staff members, or any other members of an institution of higher education are entitled to the library services and resources of that institution, including direct communication with the appropriate library personnel, regardless of where they are physically located in relation to the campus; where they attend class in relation to the institution’s main campus; or the modality by which they take courses. Academic libraries must, therefore, meet the information and research needs of all these constituents, wherever they may be. This principle of access entitlement, as applied to individuals at a distance, is the undergirding and uncompromising conviction of the Standards for Distance Learning Library Services."