Today’s update includes more resources along with information on IT training times, a response to Canadian students with border crossing concerns, and Library resources.

Zoom Resources
Estimated time required: 10-15 minutes

  • Make a Zoom call and use two advanced features (screen sharing, audience polling, virtual hand-raising)
  • If necessary, review the “One Minute Video Introductions” video series

Canvas & Panopto Resources
Estimated time required: 10-30 minutes

Issues We’re Researching

  • In-person IT Training Sessions
    Please review the following website regarding IT Contingency Planning Steps.  These steps include training on Office 365, Canvas, and additional tools from both Online Learning and IT from 03/16/2020 until 03/30/2020.  Thank you all very much.
  • Canadian Students Crossing the Border
    Several faculty members have received questions regarding the Canadian governments recommendation against citizens crossing the border. Dr. Steadman has crafted the following response:

Dear Canadian students:

We understand that the Canadian government has recommended against travel to the United States and that you are understandably concerned about how this will impact your ability to come to campus for labs or simulations.  Your instructors are working to maximize flexibility in this situation and to proactively create online alternatives to help you continue learning and to meet your course requirements.

As you know, the COVID-19 situation is changing daily, and D’Youville is adapting as circumstances evolve.  We will provide additional updates on plans for labs and simulations by the end of the business day on Monday 3/16/20.

Mimi Steadman
Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Due to this change, we may have to move labs into an online format. A group is being formed to address this issue. We will have more updates tomorrow.


Beginning March 18, D’Youville is shifting lectures and classroom instruction to a hybrid digital/classroom model.  The public desks of the Montante Family Library will remain open to students at our regular hours, and the first floor computer lab and fourth floor study spaces will remain available 24/7.  In consideration of the World Health Organization’s emphasis on maintaining social distance as a basic preventative measure against COVID-19 we want to emphasize the many ways that the Library can meet your research needs remotely during this time. 

Research Services/Librarian Consultations

Online Materials

Interlibrary Loan

  • All interlibrary loan services are available and functioning as usual, but as campuses close or restrict access nationwide, there may be a delay in processing and delivering interlibrary loan requests
  • We cannot legally scan entire print books or journal issues, but we can deliver individual book chapters and journal articles:

Renewal of Physical Items

  • All materials checked out of the Library can be renewed remotely by calling (716 829-7618) or emailing ( Circulation Desk
  • Overdue fees or fines that accumulate during this time will be waived after the materials are returned

Embedded Librarian Program

  • Embedded librarians will remain available to help with your research and library resource needs through Canvas or via email

If your course does not currently have an embedded librarian and additional assistance is needed during this time, please reach out to the Online Learning Librarian Bree Baker (



Jeremiah Grabowski, PhD
Dean of Online Learning
Online Learning

120 Koessler Administration Building
716-829-8392 |

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