Faculty Services

Open Education Resources

Thanks to New York State's continued financial support for the development and adoption of low-cost, open educational digital textbooks, faculty at SUNY Morrisville have the opportunity to apply for funding to explore, adopt, and adapt Open Educational Resources (OER) for their courses. Funds are also available to arrange for print copies of OER textbooks to be for sale in the campus bookstore.

OER are affordable educational teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits repurposing by others and follow the 5Rs: the ability to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content for educational purposes. Librarians can help faculty locate OER materials relevant to their course learning objectives.

Further information on OER and faculty funding can be found on the Library OER Guide.

Open Access

SUNY Morrisville Faculty are committed to the dissemination and sharing of scholarship and research with peers as well as the general public. As authors, we recognize the benefits that result from this sharing such as visibility in online search engines, journal websites, and online repositories. The SUNY Morrisville Open Access Policy was approved by the College Senate in Fall 2019 in response to the SUNY Board of Trustees 2018 Campus Open Access Policy Resolution. 

Library Instruction

The SUNY Morrisville Library information literacy program strives to help students and faculty develop competencies essential to academic success and critical to workplace information demands. Information literacy instruction helps students

  • Become familiar with library staff, facilities and services
  • Focus in on a project or research topic and define information needs
  • Find authoritative resources in the library's catalog, in library article and media databases, and on the Internet
  • Evaluate information sources and develop critical thinking skills
  • Document sources using MLA, APA or other formats
  • Present and use information ethically and legally 

The library offers information literacy instruction in two different formats: a one-credit college course (GNED 104) and instruction sessions integrated into ongoing courses.

Individual Library Instruction Sessions

Faculty may schedule individual library instruction sessions that focus on some specific aspect of information literacy or a course assignment. These classes are typically held in the library instruction room 110A, but the librarian may also visit course classrooms to hold instruction sessions.

Contact the Instructional Services Librarian (libraryemail@morrisville.edu) to schedule an instruction session. Requests for library instruction sessions should be made at least two weeks in advance to allow time for the librarian and faculty member to develop appropriate learning objectives and activities for the session.

GNED 104

Advisors are encouraged to recommend GNED 104 to students early in their college career as a means to transition student research, information finding and critical thinking skills to meet the demands of college-level course work and workplace expectations.

Faculty members are also encouraged to consider establishing a paired course option with GNED 104 to fully integrate information literacy skills into subject area content. Faculty-librarian collaboration on setting course learning goals, objectives and class learning activities can enrich student learning by making connections between course themes and effective information finding, critical evaluation, and synthesis.

Fair Use and Copyright 

The fair use provision of U.S. Copyright law is a legal doctrine that acknowledges the importance of accessing, reproducing, distributing, and building upon copyrighted materials in teaching, research, learning or other forms of scholarship. Fair use provides a framework to evaluate whether a reproduction or distribution can be made of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright owner.

Visit the Library's Copyright Primer for guidance on conducting fair use assessments and guidelines for posting digital copies of copyrighted materials in course management systems.