Collaboration and Integration

Embedding Library Resources in Canvas


  • Jennifer L. Murray University of North Florida
  • Daniel E. Feinberg University of North Florida



The University of North Florida (UNF) transitioned to Canvas as its Learning Management System (LMS) in summer 2017. This implementation brought on opportunities that allowed for a more user-friendly learning environment for students. Working with students in courses which were in-person, hybrid, or online, brought about the need for the library to have a place in the Canvas LMS. Students needed to remember how to access and locate library resources and services outside of Canvas. During this time, the Thomas G. Carpenter Library’s online presence was enhanced, yet still not visible in Canvas. It became apparent that the library needed to be integrated into Canvas courses. This would enable students to easily transition between their coursework and finding resources and services to support their studies. In addition, librarians who worked with students, looked for ways for students to easily find library resources and services online. After much discussion, it became clear to the Online Learning Librarian (OLL) and the Director of Technical Services and Library Systems (Library Director) that the library needed to explore ways to integrate more with Canvas.

Author Biographies

Jennifer L. Murray, University of North Florida

Director of Technical Services and Library Systems, University of North Florida

Daniel E. Feinberg, University of North Florida

Online Learning Librarian, University of North Florida


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How to Cite

Murray, J., & Feinberg, D. (2020). Collaboration and Integration: Embedding Library Resources in Canvas. Information Technology and Libraries, 39(2).