Library Services for WSU Distance Students
What are Distance Services
The Winona State University Library provides library services to WSU students who attend our courses taught at a distance from Winona or Rochester. Specifically, we send requested books and photocopies of articles from the Library's collection, with the exception of articles that patrons can download for themselves from the Library's databases. For books and articles not in the Library's collection, we also provide our distance patrons with delivery of requested interlibrary loan materials.
Who may use Distance Services
Students who are currently enrolled at WSU but who have no classes that the Registrar has officially scheduled to meet at least once a week at Winona or Rochester. Faculty that teach WSU distance classes but who do not come to Winona or Rochester are also eligible for distance services.
What about WSU students in Rochester?
WSU students who take courses in Rochester should use the Goddard Library at the University Center, Rochester (MN).
For those WSU distance students looking for test proctors at other universities, the main list of test proctors can be found at MinnesotaOnline.org. For distance students from other universities looking for a proctor at the Winona State University campus, contact Jillian Quandt in Tutoring Services at JQuandt@winona.edu or 507-457-5680.
How to request that an item be sent to you
General: To request materials, you must have a valid WSU barcode that is linked to the Library's patron database. On the back of your WSU ID, there is a 14-digit number that starts,"20106000...." That is your barcode number. You will be asked for a password. Unless you have changed it, your password is your last name (if you got your ID before Fall 2006, your password is the first eight letters of your last name). Finally, you will be asked for a date needed. The date that you give will be the date that the computer throws away your request. The library staff will work on your request as soon as possible, and putting a shorter date will not speed up your request. However, the date you enter should be at least seven days in the future to keep the computer from deleting your request prematurely.
If the computer will not accept your request, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information on the material that you are trying to obtain.
How to find materials to request
In order to search the Library's databases, click here. To search these databases from off-campus, one needs to sign on through the proxy server. If one has a WSU email account or access to WSU's D2L server, one can access the databases off-campus. One can also access them if one has a WSU ID with a 14-digit barcode on the back.
If you have any problems accessing the databases, click here for a form to report the problem.
How to track your requests and renew the materials that you have checked out
Check on your request status by clicking on "Your Library Record" on the MnPALS page, and then on "Active ILL Requests." The results will not tell you the status of the item in its postal transit from our library to you, but it will tell you if we have received materials from other libraries, and if they are overdue. You can ask to renew Interlibrary Loan items by emailing email@example.com. Renewals will be granted at the discretion of the lending library.
If the computer will not display your requests, contact Susan Byom at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (507) 457-5139, with the information on the material that you are trying to renew.
To renew Krueger Library books, click on "Your Library Record" on the MnPALS page, and enter your barcode and password. That will bring up a list of the books you have borrowed. Click on the number next to the item you wish to renew.
What do I do if there are problems?
There are several reasons that you may be having problems with Distance Services. To trouble shoot before contacting us, go to Tracking your requests, and try two things.
Once you have done some preliminary investigations into possible causes for your difficulties, send an email to email@example.com. Please include your WSU ID barcode number, so that we may call up your record.
Requirements for instructors
General: In order to make the system work, instructors/departments need to send a list of distance students and their Warrior/Tech ID numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the students aren't in the registration system (i.e., your department is currently adding them) then also send their correct mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and official WSU e-mail addresses to email@example.com. The library records will be verified to make sure each student's records is correct and a barcode number will be assigned and sent to each student.
For those distance students taking classes through Rochester, the department needs to send a list of all of their distance education students to Goddard Library. For each student who is not able to come to campus, Goddard Library needs the following information: name, address, warrior ID#, phone #. With this information the librarians at Goddard would create a library card AND a proxy card for these students. Goddard Library would then mail the cards to the student along with their "Remote Access to Goddard Library's Electronic Resources" sheet, and a card with the website addresses of Goddard Library and Krueger Library.
Access to Databases: The Proxy server page covers some problems that may be encountered when attempting to access the Library's databases. If one has a WSU email account or access to WSU's D2L server, one can access the databases off-campus. One can also access them if one has a WSU ID with a 14-digit barcode on the back. Rochester students should use their D2L login to access our databases. Contact the Library Email for further help or to arrange an instruction session for your students on any of the databases.
We are willing and eager to provide library services to distance classes. Thank you for helping us help your students.