Faculty Policy Guide

Interlibrary Loan Services
Items not owned by Glass Memorial Library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Requests for books and copies of articles that comply with Interlibrary Loan guidelines and copyright law will be processed. These requests can be made by completing a form available at the service desk or the online form available. E-mail requests with full citation information .

Interlibrary loans can take anywhere from a few days to three weeks to arrive. Books borrowed from other libraries need to be promptly returned to Glass Memorial Library by the date assigned by the librarian. Do not return the book to the borrowing library yourself. Requests for renewals of these items need to be made only under extenuating circumstances and made at least 48 hours before the item is due back to Glass Memorial Library.

Request an Interlibrary Loan

Placing Items on Reserve for Classes
Faculty members may request that items be placed on reserve for students in their classes. Items eligible for reserve status include circulating library materials, photocopies and faculty-owned materials. These materials will be kept at the service desk for the students under the faculty member’s name and course number of the class.

  • All photocopies and faculty-owned materials must comply with current copyright law.
  • Faculty-owned material may have a barcode placed on the item.

Reserve books should be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Not to leave the library: item used only in the library
  • One-day: item can be checked out anytime during the working day and is due before the end of the next working day
  • Three-day: item can be checked out for a three-day period
  • Seven-day: item can be checked out for a seven-day period
  • Reserve requests need to be made in writing and given to the circulation clerk. You can also .

Reserve materials are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and require a minimum of 48 hours for processing. Faculty members are asked to present all reserve materials to the circulation clerk by the following deadlines to assure that materials are processed by the beginning of the semester.

  • Fall Term: August 15
  • Spring Term: January 3
  • Summer Term: May 1

No materials are placed on reserve on a permanent basis. All materials will be removed on a semester basis requiring faculty to review materials.

Information Literacy Opportunities
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and to have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." ACRL lists five standards which determine an information literate student. These are:

  • The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  • The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

The library seeks to help meet these standards through a Library Instruction program integrated into the college curriculum. Classes in which extensive library instruction is given are:

  • HUMN 1100 Freshman Cornerstone - Developing general reference skills
  • THEO 2100 - Fundamentals of Christian Faith - Using library catalogs
  • BIBL 2130 - Exegetical Methods for English Bible - Using biblical resources
  • ENGL 2200 English Composition - Using periodicals, indexes, databases
  • COMM 2000 Introduction to Speech - Using the Internet for research

In addition to these classes instruction is given in several introductory classes in specialty areas focusing on the fundamental resources of that discipline.

To schedule additional instruction sessions or activities contact Carrie Beth Lowe at 2276 or by .

Discover more information on Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Class Assignments
Faculty members are encouraged to consult a librarian regarding research assignments in order to determine if the library holds adequate resources for the number of students doing these assignments and to help in making preparations.

Ordering Guidelines
Each item requested should be given a priority rank. Priority ranks are only for financial considerations and do not impact the speed of the order of an item.

  • Very Important, (must be purchased)
  • Important, (should be purchased)
  • Helpful, (if funds available)

To ensure accuracy, please include as much information as possible about the title being ordered, including full author, title, publisher, ISBN, edition, paperback vs. hardback, and list price (not sales price).

For audio-visual materials, please include distributor information. We are not always able to locate a source for all materials, so this is a great time and money saver.

Normal orders must be in at least 12 weeks before they are needed. Materials may take several months to be sent from a library vendor. Anything needed in a more timely fashion needs to be marked as "Rush" and sent directly to Jan Christy.

Ordering deadline for each fiscal year is April 1. Any requests received after that date will be held and ordered the next fiscal year.

How to Order Materials:

  • E-mail
  • Mark catalog and send it to the library