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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for all areas of the University, and Charles Sturt Library (committed to supporting the engagement, retention and success of our students) has responded by seeking to maximise student use of our wide variety of relevant, scholarly online resources.

Pre-COVID, more than half of Charles Sturt students were already studying online, and given the dispersed demographic of our student population the Library has been steadily strengthening our collection of online resources. Not only does this approach ensure equitable access to all students, it also helps to reduce their financial burden, and this has been shown to contribute to student success.  “Regardless of the type of material required … if students can access it at a lower cost, they are more likely to pass the course” (Wimberley, Cheney & Ding, 2020).

In this pandemic year, Charles Sturt Library was in a good position to join libraries all over the world “strengthening the capacity of digital libraries and extending opportunities for eLending and accessing online resources” (International Federation of Library Associations, 2020). Our online resources are targeted to support the courses taught by the University and we aim to purchase the most flexible digital versions of titles. Not only do we have a huge collection of eBooks, online journals and databases, but we also provide anatomy, multimedia, image, news and video collections. The CSU Library website directs students and academics to a plethora of online workshops, video tutorials, guides and staff contact options to enhance this.

This online approach has been essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will continue. Our growing electronic collection is key to the engagement and success of students.  Nurse, Baker & Gamble noted in their 2018 study that “Students who attain higher grades are accessing a larger number of library resources across all levels.” The way forward is to continue to promote our accessible online resources with our collaborators, colleagues and clients.

Focusing on the themes of Student Success and Reimagining Learning this poster will showcase the varied online resources provided by the Library. It will also share the most efficient and appropriate ways to make these resources easily accessible to students through Interact subject sites.

Charles Sturt University. (2020). CSU Library. https://www.csu.edu.au/division/library

International Federation of Library Associations. (2020). COVID-19 and the Global Library Field: Statement by the IFLA President and Secretary Generalhttps://www.ifla.org/node/92969

Nurse, R.Baker, K. and Gambles, A. (2018), “Library resources, student success and the distance-learning university”, Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 119 No. 1/2, pp. 77-86. https://doi-org.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/10.1108/ILS-03-2017-0022

Wimberley, L.Cheney, E. and Ding, Y. (2020), “Equitable student success via library support for textbooks”, Reference Services Review, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi-org.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/10.1108/RSR-03-2020-0024