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Top 10 Things Faculty Should Know About the Libraries

  1. Hours of operation:
    View our hours of operation for the semesters and the summer.
  2. Help is available 24/7.  Visit the Ask a Librarian page for details on all the options available to faculty, staff and students for assistance in the library.  You can call, email, chat or text us (in addition to visiting in person of course!).
  3. You have access to materials around the world.  If our libraries don't have it, we can borrow it for you from another library. Check our online catalog first for materials (to search our consortium, click the drop-down arrow beside "library" and select "All".  To request a title via interlibrary loan, (even if you can't find it in the catalog), contact us by email, phone or person.
  4. You have lots of technology available to you from the library. Want to poll your entire class on lecture questions instead of just one student at a time? We have clickers. Want to videotape your students' presentations? We have Flip cameras. Want to record your lectures to host in Moodle so students can review them? We have wireless microphone systems. Complete list of our equipment.
  5. Our online resources are more reliable than Google!  We're not saying all websites are bad, but the information found through a Google search can be suspect. Tired of seeing Wikipedia articles show up in your students' bibliography?  Require them to use the libraries' online resources. They are just as easy to use and students are guaranteed quality, reliable information. Take a look at our full list, or visit the research guides to see what we've handpicked for your subject area.
  6. You have your own personal librarian. The libraries at SPCC have created faculty liaisons so that you have a specific contact person for your program area. See the faculty liaison page to find your librarian.
  7. Help us provide the best resources for your students. We welcome suggestions for books, media or educational technology that will benefit your students or your lectures. The libraries have a material request form that you can utilize to make recommendations.
  8. Take a class period off and let us teach!  We would love to come to your classroom and work with your students on research skills. Library instruction sessions would focus on the specific assignment(s) for your class. Students will leave the library instruction session knowing the best library resources to use and the best search strategies to effectively find information. See the faculty liaison page to find your librarian and schedule one.  Teach online?  Ask us about our embedded librarian project.
  9. Our instruction services go beyond research. Other workshops we have available for students include resume and cover letter writing  tips, citation style assistance and how to avoid plagiarism. We can come to your class to teach these or offer them independently.
  10. Don't have an office?  The library can help.  If you're a full time faculty member but not on your main campus, an adjunct who is in between classes and officeless, the libraries have study rooms available that can be used as temporary offices and help you get some  "away time".  They can also be used by faculty, staff or students for group projects or meetings.  These rooms are available first come, first served or by reservation.  Call, email or stop by to reserve one of these rooms.