Morris Library is open with new hours, required seat reservations and an easy-access pickup service for physical materials. UD ONECard holders other than students, faculty and staff are limited to the library pickup service only.
Individuals must complete the daily health check and will be asked to show proof that they have been cleared to access campus facilities on the date of entry. Adherence to UD Health protocols, including wearing cloth face coverings and social distancing, is required — please follow signage at the entrance. Those who fail to comply with these policies will be asked to leave.
Printers and copiers are not available in the Library; please go to Smith Hall or Townsend Hall Commons to release print jobs.
Student using a computer in Morris Library to conduct research
When it comes to research, faculty and graduate students practice what they teach. In addition to teaching research skills in their courses, many faculty members and graduate students have original research projects in process — with typical practices they follow and ways they find information.
So, in today’s rapidly changing academic environment, do they prefer print or digital?
According to the UD Faculty and Graduate Student survey results, most faculty members (95 percent) begin their research online. It makes sense, then, that when searching for a particular topic, 66 percent of faculty respondents prefer to work with digital resources.
However, scholarly materials in digital format are not necessarily preferred throughout the research process. The majority of faculty prefer to use print copies when reading a book cover-to-cover (79 percent) or reading a section in-depth (69 percent).
In addition to these insights, the survey shed light on the research, teaching and publishing needs of faculty and graduate students. The UD Library, Museums and Press — which conducted the survey alongside Ithaka S + R, a national research organization — will use the results to develop strategies that support those needs.
To learn more about the findings, join representatives from Ithaka S+R on Nov. 8 to delve into the results of the survey. Open to the campus community, the presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in Morris Library.