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Information Literacy

Information literacy tools, aids, services for faculty.

Why Add a Librarian?

Librarians can integrate research guides or modules into your course, participate in research discussions, respond to student questions, and collaborate with you on instruction.

What Does the Librarian Role in Canvas Mean?

In Canvas, you can add a librarian by using the Librarian role. The Librarian role allows your librarian to view, add, and modify content, as well as interact with your students.  It does not, however, provide them with access to the course Gradebook.

For a more detailed list of permissions, see the Librarian Role permissions table.

If you do need to provide Gradebook access to your Librarian (to assist with library assignments and quizzes, for example), you may assign them with an additional roles in Canvas:

  • TA: Can modify a course just like the teacher/instructor role.
  • Grader: Can only grade students using the Grade Center; cannot modify or evaluate content or coursework.

How to Add a Librarian

To add your Librarian to Canvas:

  • Navigate to the People tool in the left hand navigation menu of Canvas.
  • Select Add PeopleIn the Add People window: 
  1. Under Add user(s) by, ensure that the Email Address radio button is selected.  Enter your Librarian's email address in the provided field.
  2. Next click on the Role drop-down menu; Select Librarian.
  3. Click Next to confirm your role selection.
  4. Canvas will verify that the email address is accurate and confirm if the user is ready to be added to your course. If you receive an error, go back and verify that you have entered the email address correctly.
  5. Once Canvas confirms that you can add the user to the course site, click Add Users to complete the process.

Your Librarian will receive an email invitation to your Canvas site.  They will be added to the course once the invitation is accepted.