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Flashpoint College Info Commons: For Faculty

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Library Services for Faculty

The mission of the Flashpoint Chicago Info Commons/Library is to support the information and research needs of students, faculty, and staff. Services include bibliographic instruction, reference services, interlibrary loan, and access to circulating print, media, and online resource collections focused on the school’s curriculum.

Faculty can request library instruction sessions for their classes. Depending on the needs of the class, class time may be a few minutes for a very brief visit or for the entire class for active learning. Librarians will work with classroom faculty to schedule the best time for the library instruction session and determine what information literacy skills students need to successfully complete their assignment and the appropriate amount of time for each instruction session.

Library instruction topics may include:

  • The research process, such as refining topics
  • Search strategies, such as choosing keywords and search methods
  • Finding books using library catalog & eBook collections
  • Finding articles using online research databases
  • Evaluating information, including learning what scholarly (research-based) articles are, and how to evaluate websites
  • Citing resources, including why and how to use MLA
  • Other topics as requested

To Request Library Instruction complete the linked form, or email 


We subscribe to LibGuides, a Web 2.0 content management and website publishing system to support faculty instruction and student learning. Faculty can request a LibGuide online research guide to help students complete the research requirements for a class. Librarians will work with faculty to recommend research sources as well as provide technical expertise--we can build the Libguide for you with your input or you can build it yourself.

The LibGuide platform allows you to:

  • Organize core and relevant resources that your students will need to successfully complete assignments for your class.
  • Show RSS and podcast feeds to get the most recent postings from your favorite professional blog and news sites (NPR, CNN, etc.).
  • Embed videos from Swank Digital Campus, YouTube, or other videos from open sources (Khan Academy, TED Talks, Academic Earth, etc.).
  • Link to eBooks, articles, and videos from the library’s online databases.
  • Direct students to the Info Commons for research assistance.

LibGuides can be integrated into your course Blackboard site. For examples of current LibGuides, visit our Research Guides page. 

Request a custom LibGuides research guide

The library welcomes all suggestions and encourages everyone to let us know how to improve your experience in the library or in using library resources. We welcome your suggestions/requests for new books, DVDs, magazines, online resources and other materials. 

To submit a request, or send us feedback of any kind, please fill out our Suggestion Form

Faculty may place required and optional books that are expected to have heavy use by students in a class on Reserve in the Info Commons. These items are kept in a separate area and will have a shorter borrowing period (e.g. in library use or 1-week borrowing period only). Reserve items may include library-owned materials, textbooks, special items such as faculty-owned materials (books, CDs, DVDs,  etc.), or copies of articles or chapter of a book from outside sources.

Please note that the Info Commons can only provide a limited quantity of circulating copies (to borrow outside the library) of books required for your courses. Students are still expected to purchase their own copies of required books.

Swank Digital Campus is a streaming resource from Swank Motion Pictures, the leading nontheatrical distributor for the majority of the major Hollywood studios, as well as many independent, foreign, documentary offerings. This resource is created for faculty to enhance curriculum by providing students with access to course-related films. Through Digital Campus, faculty can screen streaming titles to their classes, as well as embed into Blackboard for students to view on their own. 

Each film is available to any faculty member who wishes to use it, for any course, both for classroom screening and embedding onto Blackboard. Streaming titles are posted to Tribeca Flashpoint College's Digital Campus website and are accessible for one month, with a start date chosen by the faculty member who initially requests the film. There are no limitations on the number of screenings.

Search the Swank Digital Campus Catalog to see if a film is available. Using the Advanced Search, films can be searched by title, actor, director and genre.

To request a title, contact Please allow at least 10 days notification for the film to be accessible for your class and students. 


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