Library Services

Library support services

Mansfield Library support services

The Mansfield Library is a rich resource of accessible resources. The library site includes a complete list of faculty resources and information about services for individuals with disabilities.  A few specific to accessibility are highlighted below.  

  1. Accessible materials available on course reserves: Traditional Course Reserves makes physical items available for check out including textbooks, library books, videos, CD’s, and copies of readings or exams. Instructors specify the check-out period for items placed on Traditional Course Reserve. The library will work with instructors, purchasing, DSS, ATS and others as needed to provide accessible materials, including captioned media items for Course Reserves and classroom instruction as resources allow according to priority.
  2. Anything we scan we will make accessible. We will scan original material and ensure that the PDFs we produce are compliant with WCAG 2.0 accessibility standards. The contact person for scanning course materials is Julia Jackman-Brink at 243-6730, or julia.jackman-brink@umontana.edu.
  3. Accessible electronic syllabi.  Course syllabi are available in electronic (PDF) format, through the campus institutional repository, Scholarworks. We ensure that the formatting is accessible prior to adding to ScholarWorks.
  4. Useful links for creating accessible documents, and connecting with DSS and ATS.  Visit the course reserves page at the library where we link to some resources with helpful tips for creating accessible documents and links to DSS and ATS.

 Accessible media: Want to use an educational video or feature film for instruction? Don’t use a bootleg copy; check the library. Our collection contains many accessible media items (physical formats such as DVD, etc. and streaming titles through subscription databases). If we don’t own the title you need we will purchase it for you. Audio visual materials are available for check out and can be scheduled in advanced for your class. The library will work with DSS, ATS, and others as needed to ensure accessibility of media materials scheduled through us so instructors don’t have to.  Contact for media scheduling is Kevin Crowley at kevin.crowley@umontana.edu or (406) 243-4554.

Library Reference and Instruction: Librarians are available to assist all members of the campus community with reference, research and instruction needs. If you teach an advanced writing course and are interested in co-teaching with a librarian, bringing your students to the library for a librarian-led session, or would like assistance developing a research assignment, please fill out our teaching request form. Call the Information Center at 406-243-6866 for reference help or to ask about our library spaces available for instruction and meeting. Chat/Email a Librarian using the pop-up chat box on any library webpage. See all our services for faculty and staff or view more ways to get in contact with Mansfield Library librarians.

 Interlibrary Loan documents are accessible: Need an article that the library doesn’t have access to? Use Interlibrary Loan (Phone: 406 243-6736; E-mail: library.ill@umontana.edu) Articles received electronically are available to the patron 24/7 for 30 days from date of receipt. They can be viewed, printed, pasted into documents, saved to disk or downloaded to a personal computer. The library will ensure that articles received electronically are accessible.

 Find a resource that is inaccessible?  Want to use a resource owned by the library or available through our databases or full text subscriptions but discover that it’s not accessible? Let us know and we will work with the vendor, DSS, ATS, etc. to make it accessible for you. Simply ask anyone at the information desk (or contact us) and they will figure out what needs to be done and who can do it.