For Instructors

The Mendocino College Library provides several services to support instruction. A few are listed below.

Library Orientations
Have your class attend a library orientation where they can learn how to use the library research databases, learn how to tell if a source is reliable, and how to do proper citations. To schedule an orientation for your class, contact

Reserve Textbooks
Instructors often place textbooks on reserve for students to use in the library. These books are held at the front Circulation Desk. Most often, instructors will include reserve books as part of their syllabus. It is best to place materials on reserve several weeks prior to the beginning of a semester so that there is enough time to process them for student use. To access a copy of the reserve form to print from a computer, click on the Reserve Form. Please bring this to the Circulation Desk along with a copy of the text you want to put on reserve.

Books and DVDs
The library will order books (excluding textbooks) as well as DVDs that instructors request to support their class. If you have a reading list for your students and want to make sure we have a copy of the titles for your students to check out, send the reading list to Additionally, if there are book or DVD titles you would like us to add to the collection, just let us know by filling out the Suggest a Title Form.

Embedded Videos in Canvas
If you teach a class in Canvas or use Canvas to supplement your on-ground class, you can embed content from some of the library's research databases into your Canvas shell without requiring students to do an additional login process to the databases. Currently, you can embed videos from Films on Demand and Academic Video Online (via Alexander Street). To embed a video from one of these databases, navigate to the Canvas module to which you would like to add the video and click on the "Edit" button. 

  • Next, click the Apps (electrical plug) icon in the rich text editor

  • If this is your first time embedding a video, click on "View All"

  • A screen will pop-up - choose either "Films on Demand" or "Alexander Street Videos," depending on which database your video is on.

  • Search for the video you are looking for, and then click on "Embed." This will look slightly different depending on which database you are linking your video from.


  • That's all there is to it! Save your Canvas module and the video will be visible to your students.

Lightboard Tutorial

Interesting in using the Digital Arts & Media Program's state-of-the-art lightboard technology to record your lectures? Watch the video below to find out more, and then contact Nick Orloff at to schedule a recording slot.