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Faculty Handbook: Library Services

The library strives to meet the bibliographic needs of the entire university community. The attainment of this goal depends upon faculty members making recommendations for library acquisitions of both print and non-print materials. Faculty members are encouraged to actively participate in the collection development process by submitting requests for relevant materials to the appropriate collection management librarian(s). The library will not be responsible for payment of invoices addressed to individual faculty members for review copies.

Equally important in keeping the library collection up-to-date and relevant is systematic weeding. Faculty members are encouraged to become familiar with the library holdings in their disciplines and to make recommendations relative to discarding materials that are obsolete and outdated.

It is of the utmost importance that faculty members keep in mind the need for library resources when new programs and courses are being initiated. Feasibility studies should routinely include a review of relevant library holdings, as well as projected costs for the acquisition of any necessary materials not currently a part of the library collection.

Faculty members may borrow books on a semester loan. Non-print materials and serials have varying loan periods. Materials charged to faculty are subject to recall if there is a request for the materials. Faculty members will receive a list of materials charged to them at the end of each semester.

Faculty members may use their photo IDs to borrow books directly from area academic libraries, including University of Scranton, King's College, Wilkes University, College Misericordia, Luzerne County Community College, Keystone College, Baptist Bible College, and from the Lackawanna County Library System. They are also eligible for unmediated direct borrowing from over 40 Pennsylvania academic libraries via the library's EZBorrow. A link can be found on the library's web page.

To assure both effective and efficient service to faculty and students, it is essential that faculty members confer with the librarians when planning to introduce new courses, before issuing reading lists, when making assignments of limited readings for large groups, or whenever extensive library use can be anticipated.

The library faculty will provide orientation or bibliographic instruction in the use of library resources for student groups. These instruction sessions can include a general orientation to the resources including iLink, the library's online catalog and a wide variety of electronic full-text and/or indexing/ abstracting databases. They can also be tailored to address specific discipline resources or course related assignments. Contact the Information Literacy Coordinator to schedule these sessions.

Print and media materials are put "on reserve" when faculty members so request. Faculty members are asked to bring the material to the Circulation Desk and fill out reserve forms.

As a supplement to hard copy reserves, items may be scanned and placed on E-reserves. E-reserves can also be linked to articles in one of the full-text file. E-reserves allow students remote access to the item 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact the Public Services Coordinator for details

Photocopiers are available in the library. Copyright Law restrictions must be observed when photocopying materials.

 


Mary T. Gardier Paterson, Esquire | Secretary of the University | paterson@marywood.edu