UK Libraries Health and Safety Guidance
Students are required to wear CDC-approved face coverings or masks at all times inside the library. Even when studying alone and seated at a designated study area, library visitors must continue wearing a face covering. Free masks are available at the circulation desk at each library location, as well as at the security desk in William T. Young Library.
Students are required to maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others while inside the library. Even when visiting the library with roommates and close friends, library visitors must practice physical distancing. Seating throughout library facilities has been arranged to guide visitors on the proper distance and should not be moved.
With physical distancing and mask requirements in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, campus libraries are not able to accommodate traditional group work assignments at this time. The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) has provided some electronic alternatives students can use for group work and study.
- Zoom and Microsoft Teams allow for videoconferencing where students might collaborate on group projects, study for an exam, or work through homework. Meetings can be recorded, too, if there is a need to review the conversation later. Students can share their screens and use virtual whiteboards to think through ideas visually. Teams has a chat feature that allows students to collaborate and share resources using text-based channels. It also allows students to use Microsoft Office 365 tools such as Word and OneNote.
- The Google Suite allows students to collaborate on documents, slides, spreadsheets, and sketches. Groups may review and compare notes on Google Docs, put together a presentation on Google Slides, collect and analyze data on Google Sheets, and map out concepts on Google Jamboard. Students may add comments, make editing suggestions, and use chat windows to communicate in real time. All students have access to their own UK Google account that can be activated by logging on to the UK Account manager and clicking on the "Email" tab.
- Similarly, UK's institutional access to Microsoft Office 365 allows students to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and other tools. Students can use this space to store and share files, write reports, record data for a group project, collect images and other media, and prepare for presentations. With OneNote, for example, students can share notebooks, upload documents, and write notes using a keyboard or stylus.
- Students also find tools beyond what UK supports that are free to use and meet the needs of the task at hand. Apps such as Slack and Discord provide communication and collaboration channels, while tools such as Padlet provide space for collecting and commenting on ideas, web resources, media, and other materials. For all apps and software, especially those that are not supported by UK, it's recommended to read and understand the user agreements, terms and conditions, and/or terms of service before signing up for an account.