Program Details

Title: A Special Set of Skills: How ASU Library Course Resource Services’ strategies can enhance research work at your library!


Michelle Miranda-Thorstad, Arizona State University Library, User Services Coordinator

Chris Thuenen, Arizona State University Library, Manager Learning Service

Sam Mijal, Arizona State University Library, User Services Coordinator

Date/Time: Friday, October 20, 11:50 am - 12:50 pm

Room: 110

Program Description

ASU Library's Course Resource Services (CRS) department (formerly Course Reserves) has the opportunity to review different subject areas through the different courses we service at Arizona State University. Through our work, we have acquired a special set of skills to provide access to resources with the intention of reducing costs and increasing accessibility. During this introductory session, we will share our skills!


  • Introduction to CRS and Open Education Resources (OER)
  • Favorite tools
  • CRS how-to strategies to help patrons

Presenter Bios

Michelle Miranda-Thorstad works as a user services coordinator at Arizona State University Library, in the Course Resource Services (CRS) department (traditionally referred to as Course Reserves). Utilizing Ex Libris' Alma and Leganto tools, she manages resources for courses, providing support to students and faculty. Outside of her work at ASU Library, Michelle dedicates her skills to supporting various early literacy non-profits.

Chris Thuenen is the Manager of Course Resource Services at ASU Library, supervising the team responsible for managing Course Resource Services (CRS) at all our branch locations (traditionally this service is called Course Reserve). Chris has been with the ASU Library for over 15 years and previously managed the Fletcher Library on the ASU West Campus in Glendale, AZ. During his time managing CRS the ASU Library has transitioned to Alma and uses Ex Libris - Leganto to manage CRS and the integration of library materials into the Learning Management System (Canvas). Chris has also overseen the consolidation of CRS duties, previously managed by each branch individually, to a single unit under his management.

Sam Mijal is a Public Services Coordinator in the ASU Library's Course Resource Services department. He connects instructors and students to their course materials as seamlessly as possible. Collaborates with Library and University partners to connect Library resources and tools with other enterprise technologies. Develops outreach in training materials for instructors.

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