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McGraw-Page Library: Teaching, Learning and Scholarship


Teaching, Learning & Scholarship

Teaching, Learning & Scholarship

The McGraw-Page Library supports the mission of the college by providing quality resources and innovative services that foster lifelong learning through exploration, discovery and creativity. 

We provide these services and resources for faculty:
Teaching Effectiveness Research & Writing

 - Canvas and Pedagogical Support
 - Student Information Literacy Support
 - Materials for Your Courses

 - Student Project Showcase

 - ChatGPT Resources

 - Resources
 - Scholarly Communication
 - Interlibrary Loan
 - Special Collections
 - OER/Open Access
 - Copyright and Fair Use

Canvas and Pedagogical Support

Pedagogy icon Support for Canvas LMS and Instructional Design

We provide Canvas training prior to the beginning of each semester and workshops on technology and pedagogy during the semester. The workshop schedule is posted on Library Events. Faculty are always welcome to email Lily Zhang to discuss Canvas LMS and instructional design questions. Access our CanvasLMS at; use your R-MC email and password to sign in. Please refer to the details of using Canvas.

We not only provide support on how to use and troubleshoot instructional technology systems, but also how they can be incorporated into course design to enhance learning and student engagement. The Head of Instructional Design & Technology consults with faculty on strategies and practices related to active learning, student collaboration, and universal design for learning. Faculty receive assistance in assignment design and exploring innovative ways for students to express and demonstrate learning.

We have created 
Teaching Toolkit for faculty, which includes tutorials on technology tools by function and pedagogy, a searchable FAQ database, and current books and articles on teaching and learning.

Faculty are welcome to stop by the Makerspace (located next to the Library Information Desk), or visit the Makerspace website. The MakerSpace provides opportunities and resources for students to explore digital media creation, 3D modeling and virtual reality. We understand the importance of digital literacy in college education and strive to support faculty in incorporating digital literacy into the curriculum. The Makerspace staff will come to the class to introduce to students the design and development of digital projects. Students will receive training and personalized help in completing their projects.


Useful Links:

Contact Lily Zhang, the Head of Instructional Design & Technology, for questions and suggestions.



Sample books:

Books for Improving Teaching & Learning

cover art - The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion
cover of syllabus book
cover art - Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
cover art - Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning
cover art - How Humans Learn
cover art - Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone
Book cover: Better Feedback for Better Teaching
Book cover: Flipped Learning
Book cover: Teaching at Its Best
Book cover: Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology
Book cover: The Blended Course Design Workbook
Book cover: Geeky pedagogy: A guide for intellectuals, introverts, and nerds who want to be effective teachers
Book cover: Small Teaching Online

Showcasing Student Digital Projects


"Fairy Tale Beginnings" in 3D 

The “Fairy Tale Beginnings” class was always about building imagery. Students in FREN-273 (taught by Dr. Balguerie) are asked to read several and analyze the common elements found in classic folk and fairy tales, and create 3D books as group projects. The photo shows one of the 3D books made by students.


Mapping Kerouac

Mapping Kerouac​, A Digital Humanities Project @ Randolph-Macon College (guided by Dr. Volpicelli).


The Yellow Jacket Experience

A multimedia presentation of the student experience at Randolph-Macon from 1868 to 2019 from a contemporary perspective; research and website collaboratively completed by students in HONR 300 (taught by Professor Preston).


Honors 223: The Female Self in Federico Garcia Lorca’s Theater

In the course “The Female Self in Lorca’s Drama” (taught by Dr. Bordera), students created a 3D scene/character or symbol representing a topic or perspective on a character related to Lorca’s plays and his vision of women in 1930s Spain.  Some themes include female’s domesticity, female body entrapment, revisiting the concept of femininity and challenging of social female roles.

3D models created by students

Student Information Literacy

digital literacy icon Student Information Literacy

Many students get an introduction to research and the library in ENGL 185, but unfortunately not all students take this class. It is possible that students in your class have not yet used the McGraw-Page Library to complete a research project while at R-MC. Library faculty can partner with you to teach your students information literacy and research skills. The subject librarian for your department is your point of contact, and can help in a variety of ways and at different stages of a student's academic progress.

Assignment Design

Your subject librarian can help you:

  • Think through an assignment from a library/information resource perspective
  • Verify if resources needed to complete the assignment are available through the library
  • Determine what library experiences your majors may have had
  • Arrange research support for your students (e.g., in-class session(s), workshops, appointments, online material)

In-Class Instruction

  • How to research in college (bibliographies, literature reviews and annotations)
  • How to find and use resources in your field
  • Citation help (with the Communication Center)


Useful Links:


Support Your Courses

Reserve icon Materials for Your Courses

The library purchases physical and digital books, films and media to support your courses. The subject librarian works closely with your department for the purchases. The Library Information Desk provides physical course reserves for courses. Instructors may request library-owned books and DVDs, and faculty personal copies of books and DVDs be put on reserve.


Open education resources (OER) helps to make education affordable and accessible by providing free access to materials. We encourage faculty to contact Laurie Preston (, the Head of Reference, for locating and evaluating OER textbooks or materials for your courses. Funding opportunities are available through VIVA (a statewide academic consortium) for faculty interested in creating OER resources. Contact Laurie Preston ( for information.

Have you ever wished your students could see a 3D replica of a statue or feel the models of leg bones? making of 3d map for a history class

In the MakerSpace, we have printed 3D models for Arts, Biology, Math and Chemistry classes. We have even created and printed a 3D map with Braille on it for a History course to serve a vision-impaired student. Contact Lily Zhang (email if you are interested in such course materials.


Faculty Scholarship

faculty research icon Faculty Research & Writing


The library provides resources and services to support faculty scholarship.Faculty support - Scholar's retreat, the writing room and research tools



Scholarly Communication

Contact Laurie Preston ( 


Retreat, Writing Room & Research Tools

  • One-week Scholar's Retreat, interim week between J-Term and Spring Semester
  • Faculty Writing Room during regular library hours

Sample books:

Ebooks for Writing

Book cover: From Dissertation to Book
Book cover: Revising Your Dissertation
Book cover: Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks
Book cover: What Editors Do
Book cover: Stylish Academic Writing
Book cover: Writing Successful Academic Books
Book cover: Revise
Book cover: How to Write a Lot
Book cover: Air & Light & Time & Space: How successful academics write
Book cover: Mind Your Writing
Book cover: On Writing Well
Book cover: Getting it Published
book cover: you are what you read
book cover: The Book Proposal Book