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Library's guide for new employees

In this guide for new employees, you find information that is useful for you as a newcomer about the library's collections and specific services.

Book the library's trainings

Hanken's teachers can order trainings from the library to support learning & teaching. Trainings can be integrated into your standard seminars or courses, or independent training sessions. 

The library also arranges individual guidance for students and staff. You can book an appointment with the library staff.  

Trainings, guidance and short courses are offered by the library in the following areas:

  • information retrieval,
  • reference technique,
  • reference management in Mendeley,
  • formatting in Word,
  • Haris registration,
  • research data management (RDM), and
  • open science principles and practices including how to publish open access to your publications, research (meta)data, educational resources, and how to improve the visibility and impact of your research.

Read more on the library's website:

Time to select or update course literature?

The library helps you navigate through the information resources and takes care of the purchase of course literature. Please see the library's website - Service for teachers for the checklist and deadlines before which you need to report additional or missing course book information to the library. 

Note that it is the examiner's and the department's responsibility to inform the library on time about which course books to acquire. The department will be charged all costs caused by changes and complementary additions made after the dates mentioned on the webpage Service for teachers.

Ebook Acquisition Policy

  • Course books that need to be available for the students in the library or as e-books must be registered in Sisu.
  • We buy e-versions of printed course books, if they are available with a library license (IP access) and the price is sensible. The library license must preferably allow an unlimited number of concurrent users. From experience we know that ebooks with single user licenses in Hanna are poorly suited as textbooks. If you still want to use such an ebook in your course, we wish you to contact the library. We will investigate the possibility of extending the license.
  • We buy the ebooks usually via so-called aggregators (ProQuest Ebook Central, Ebsco, Dawsonera etc.), not directly from the publisher.
  • The library lacks full control of the ebooks: an ebook can disappear at any time from a platform, often because of contract disputes between the publisher and the author. Also, technical problems can make ebooks vulnerable.
  • Publishers want to sell printed textbooks (= business). Available e-versions with IP access are often older editions.
  • Hanken Library follows the Nordic model based on free education and free educational materials. It differs from the Anglo-American model based on tuition fees, which makes it possible for libraries to open the ebooks with a password (not IP) for each student.
  • If an e-title is missing in Hanna, and you wish for it, please, contact or We will check if the ebook can be purchased with a library license for sensible price. Also, contact the library if you want to have lists of available ebooks on a particular subject.

Links to Articles and Ebooks

License agreements with database suppliers usually don't permit redistribution. This means that uploading digital copies (i.e. pdf-files of articles) to Moodle is not allowed, even if password protected. Instead you should give the permanent link to the article, proceeded by the address to Hanken's proxy server. Read more

Open educational resources

Open educational resources (OERs) are learning, teaching and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain public domain, or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, usually Creative Commons creative commons, which permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others than the author, with or without restrictions.

Teachers are encouraged to use OERs and publish their own educational resources in the national Library of Open Educational Resources -

More information, see the LibGuide on Open educational resources where you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What are open educational resources?
  • Where can you find open educational resources? 
  • How can you use open educational resources? 
  • What should be taken into account when publishing open educational resources? 
  • What are CC licenses and how are they used in connection with open educational resources?

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Copyright and licensing issues for teachers

On the library's webpage Services for teachers, you can read about certain copyright and licensing issues on how you are allowed to use different kinds of materials in your teaching.

The LibGuide on Copyright contains essential information you as a teacher need to bear in mind.