The Shapiro Library's collections are available at no additional cost to students, faculty and staff at SNHU. We purchase access to high quality resources to support the teaching and learning mission at the University. University libraries traditionally support research at their institutions and do not typically buy resources like textbooks. However, as the University works toward no or low cost course resources the Library plays an integral role. Our databases include many different authoritative types of sources such as journal and trade articles, e-books in many subjects/disciplines, market and industry reports/statistics, case studies, streaming video and more. Many of these resources can be used to teach core skills instead of traditional textbooks. However, due to the traditional nature of library purchasing, not every resource we have in the library might be appropriate for use in courses.
The purpose of this section of the guide is to help instructional designers, course development, faculty and staff in understanding the different models the Library uses to purchase access to our materials and how to best utilize them in a course or competency. In a research setting, access and license models do not much hinder or matter to the individual researcher. This is not the case when we use these resources for many many students to access in courses/competencies. Please use the following information about our databases, how our resources are licensed/accessed to make the best decisions possible for using library resources in courses/competencies. As always, if there are any questions ask your friendly neighborhood librarian!
To aid faculty and staff in deciding what library resources to use in courses, we are utilizing several terms and descriptions of our content. There are two main pieces of information to determine best use: license and access models.
There are several ways the library licenses our databases and content:
There are also several access models to our resources:
Finally we are including a risk key based on the license and access models of library databases/resources. These risks are assigned after assessment of the combination of license and access models.