September 14, 2020

Library Spotlight: Active Learning Lab


AU Library: Main Floor

It is exciting to see progress continue on the Bernice Fauber Baker Active Learning Lab, located on the main floor of Ashland University Library. The glass wall and entrance door are in place, making it easy to envision how this lab will enhance library instruction and services.

This construction project is funded by a donation from the Bernice Fauber Baker Library Endowment, with a matching gift from the Bob and Jan Archer Challenge Grant. The active learning equipment and furnishings are supported by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

* Post originally published on the Library News & Information Blog, 9/8/2020

September 8, 2020

Phonics Scavenger Hunt

It's phonics scavenger hunt time! 

Working on your scavenger hunt project?
Having trouble finding some of the items? 

We are here to help! Ask in the IRC for assistance locating any items on your scavenger hunt activity. 

Where is the IRC? 

We are located on the second floor of Ashland University Library. Look for the Phonics Scavenger Hunt sign on the whiteboard outside our door. It's the same image on your Scavenger Hunt Library Guide.

Reserve a Time

Use this site to make your reservation for completing the activity. One person can reserve the time and bring two classmates.  Occupancy inside the IRC is limited to four people; the curriculum work area tables directly outside the IRC are limited to four people.

Phonics Library Guide

There is a library guide for EDEC 140: Phonics & English Language. It features scavenger hunt information, a link for reservations, and a survey to provide feedback.  We are excited to facilitate this activity.  Welcome to the IRC at Ashland University Library.

September 4, 2020

IRC Hours Update

The Instructional Resource Center will be closed Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th for the Labor Day holiday weekend. 

We will be open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, September 7th. 

IRC fall hours resume on Tuesday, September 8th. A complete list of IRC hours and updates is available on our web site. 

Have a safe and restful holiday weekend: Stronger Together, Safer Together

September 1, 2020

Reserve a Library Study Room

Need a quiet place to study or attend your online class?
New this term, you can reserve a library study room online

We have study rooms available on the second floor (201), fourth floor (401), and fifth floor (501 and 502). Reservations are required; each study room has an occupancy limit and may be reserved in one hour increments. 

AU Library's study room requests are limited to five (5) reservations each month.

August 31, 2020

IRC Hours: Fall 2020

Welcome to the Instructional Resource Center 

Our fall hours schedule begins Monday, August 31st. Regular hours of operation are:

  • Monday - Thursday: 9 am to 9 pm 
  • Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm

Updates to the IRC hours schedule, including changes to normal operating hours, are available on the IRC web site. All hours updates will be published here on the IRC blog and on IRC Twitter; a monthly hours update is posted on the IRC door.

August 21, 2020

Welcome back to campus!

Ashland University Library will be open to all university faculty, staff, and students beginning Monday, August 24th. Library hours are:

Monday, August 24th - Friday, August 28th
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IRC Hours & Availability

The Instructional Resource Center, located on Ashland University Library's second floor, is open for RAs by appointment only. 

Visitors to Ashland University Library, and the Instructional Resource Center, should expect to follow all university mandates for phase 3 return to campus.

  • Masks are required in AU Library and the IRC.
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines is expected within the library building. 
  • Follow all modified library procedures for the library building and services.

AU Library is NOT open to the general public at this time.

July 13, 2020

#GoodMorning #AshlandUniversity

Are you following the IRC on Twitter
You should be! 

In addition to our regular content, including news and updates from the IRC and AU Library blogs, the IRC@aulibrary summer timeline features daily summer photos of the beautiful AU campus.  As to be expected, Friday tweets most often highlight our own AU Library, but the remainder of the week spotlights a different area each week. Until we see everyone again #GoodMorning #AshlandUniversity.

July 6, 2020

AU Library Active Learning Lab

Ashland University Library’s faculty and staff are excited to announce that construction work has begun on a new active learning lab/classroom! The Bernice Fauber Baker Active Learning Laboratory will have its home on the main floor of the library, with a design and technological features representing an innovative departure from the long rows of desks and desktop computers of the previous library classroom.

AU Library Active Learning Lab:  June 30, 2020

The construction project is funded by a donation from the Bernice Fauber Baker Library Endowment, with a matching gift from the Bob and Jan Archer Challenge Grant. The active learning equipment and furnishings are supported by a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

- Scott Savage, AU Library Director

June 18, 2020

Working with OneSearch

OneSearch: What's New

We recently updated OneSearch, AU Library's comprehensive discovery search tool, to enhance initial search results and simplify off-campus use. Here's an overview of what you can expect.

  • Off-campus Search:  To provide a more seamless search experience, when working off-campus you will be immediately directed to the authentication login screen after clicking search. Enter your AU username and password, the same information used to access Blackboard and your AU email, to continue your research.
  • Preset Search Limiters: AU Library Collections and Full Text Online are preset at the start of each search to help immediately focus your research results.
  • Using Search Limiters: Instead of using the preset limiters, choose to use any or all of the search limiters to support your initial research purpose. Click to remove or add AU Library Collections, Full Text Online, Peer Reviewed Only, or AU Library Catalog.

Library resource links to the library catalog, A to Z database listings, journal finder, Library guides, and OhioLINK remain available for use directly below the search box.

Need help with OneSearch? Ask a Librarian, AU Library's chat service, is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

May 1, 2020

Stress Relief Guide: Are you Coloring?

Are you coloring?

"Share your work" by snapping a picture, posting it to twitter, and tagging the finished masterpiece #AUColoringPages

Visit the Stress Relief LibGuide for an assortment of color pages.

April 28, 2020

IRC Spotlight: Stress Relief

Last Week of Classes ... Finals

This is the time of year AU Library usually has stress relief programs and activities for students. While we can't bring the therapy dogs and coloring pages to you, we can provide a selection of online resources for stress relief.

Stress Relief Library Guide

Ready for a break? Browse our Stress Relief Resources guide for coloring pages, arts & crafts videos - including Tunisian crochet, yoga and walking videos, journaling, and more. You can even complete an AU Library jigsaw puzzle online! Check back often, resources will continue to be updated.

Need Help?

Contact the library via email or chat, call us, or schedule a zoom reference appointment. We are here to help .

Stay Connected

Follow us online and on social media for news, updates, and information:  AU Library Facebook, The AU Library Podcast@IRCaulibrary on Twitter, and our blogs.

April 27, 2020

IRC Spotlight: Digital Resources

Need a book for class? 
Looking for recreational reading? 

Ohio's public libraries have made their e-materials accessible to non-cardholders during COVID-19.

Remember, you can use AU Library's OneSearch to access over 350,000 academic e-books available in our collections.

Having trouble accessing or locating an e-book in our collections?  Contact the library via email - - or stop by during chat hours for help.