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    Tom Boogaart
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    • Department: History
    • Faculty: Arts

    This came up during the English town hall.

    This was just sent out, but I will reproduce it for those that might not have received this email:

    “Limited Curbside Pickup for Remobilizing Research

    Our first priority, as part of the University’s plan to remobilize research, is to provide researchers with mediated access to our physical collections through a “curbside pickup” service. Although plans are underway to progressively extend this service to the broader uOttawa community as they gradually return to campus, please note that this service will be offered exclusively to faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and affiliated researchers for the time being.

    Here is how the curbside pickup service will work:

    1. If no digital copy of a title is available, researchers may place a request for the physical item in Omni.

    2. Library staff will then retrieve the item from one of our four locations housing collections (the Morisset Library, Brian Dickson Law Library, Health Sciences Library, or the Annex off-site storage facility), check it out on the researcher’s behalf, and place it in a designated location for pickup at the Morisset Library.

    3. Researchers will receive an email notification with instructions when their item is available to be picked up.

    Please know that we are also working in collaboration with the Emergency Operations Centre, Facilities, and the Office of Risk Management’s Occupational Health and Safety team to put the necessary measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our Library users and employees.

    We anticipate launching the curbside pickup service within the next 2 weeks, beginning with reactivating the ability to request materials in Omni.

    Scan on Demand

    The Library will also be providing a “scan on demand” service. Where only a single chapter of a book or an article from a journal is required, Library staff will retrieve the item, use a digital scanner to create a PDF file of the required section, and email it directly to the researcher at their uOttawa email address; all of this will be done in compliance with Canadian copyright law.

    Again, we are currently prioritizing activities that align with remobilizing research and this service will therefore initially be limited to faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and affiliated researchers. We are still putting the necessary measures in place and anticipate launching the scan on demand service within the next 2 weeks.”

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