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Faculty Guide to the Library: Overview

Information especially for faculty members about the library.

Library Instruction Sessions

Library faculty are eager to help your students use our resources for your assignments. We would welcome an invitation to present library instruction sessions to your classes in order to facilitate effective use of library resources. Students can also schedule appointments to meet with a librarian for individual research assistance.

To schedule a library instruction session, please contact the librarian liaison assigned to your department . If you don't know who this is, contact Ryan Sittler, Instructional Technology & Information Literacy Librarian.

Faculty Research Assistance

In addition to helping students, librarians are also available to assist faculty with their research needs. If you cannot find what you need, talk to one of the research librarians. We will be glad to help!

There are several ways that you can contact the library. Ask the Library provides e-mail and SMS text options. During certain hours, we provide Chat service. You will find these and other options on the Library home page.

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find what you want in Manderino resources? There are two primary ways to get materials from other libraries.

BOOKS ONLY: Use E-ZBorrow to locate and request books (not articles) from about 50 academic libraries in PA, WV, NJ, and NY. Requesting is simple, online, and the books are sent to Manderino Library in just a few days.

ARTICLES AND BOOKS: For articles and books you can't find through E-ZBorrow, you can use our online forms to request them from virtually anywhere. Visit our Interlibrary Loan page for more details. The library provides articles via Interlibrary Loan at no charge to faculty, students, and staff. Books are normally free, although dissertations often are not. Patrons, including faculty, are responsible for these fees.

Course Reserves

Our Course Reserves system makes class-specific information available to your students. Physical items are loaned for 90 minutes, enabling timely access by everyone in the class.

SCANNED ITEMS: Physical items (e.g., articles, book chapters) that meet copyright rules can be scanned to PDF files and made available within the electronic course reserve system.

BOOKS: If the amount of the book needed exceeds what is allowed under copyright law, the entire book can be placed on reserve. Personal copies can be loaned to the library and will be returned.

TEXTBOOKS: Given the high cost of textbooks, the library wants to expand our Course Reserves to include as many physical textbooks as possible. You can either loan or donate a copy to the library. Use this Course Reserves Request Form or find more information at Course Reserves.

For more information about Course Reserves, contact Skip Wounick.

What's New in Manderino Library

Today's library is constantly changing. The library has several outlets to keep you up-to-date on what's new in the library.

Check out the "What's New in Manderino" box on the library's home page or our Facebook account.

Our Self-Guided Tour of the Library (PDF brochure) provides an overview of the library, its resources, and services.

Online Resources

Our library has a large collection of online, electronic resources.  You can access scores of research databases, about 50,000 full-text periodicals, and about two hundred thousand electronic books through the library's Web site!

Faculty can also use our streaming video resource, Films on Demand, to create online learning modules by assembling video clips on a variety of topics.

How to find library resources: Find Resources by Subject lists the guides that group resources by discipline or topic. The A to Z List of Library Resources lists resources alphabetically by name (helpful when you know the name of the resource you are looking for).

Creating Direct Links to Library Resources

You can create direct links to online articles and other resources in your Desire2Learn pages, Web sites, etc.

Please NOTE that the URL displayed in your browser address bar may be the WRONG link to use! When using a library database, do NOT simply copy and paste these links.

If you want to link to an article in a library resource, look for something called a "Persistent" or "Durable" link. EBSCO, our primary vendor for library resources, provides properly formatted persistent links to specific articles, as well as an entire set of search results. You might want to link to the latter as a potential reading list.

Although EBSCO formats its links to work both on- and off-campus, some of the library's databases provide persistent links that only work from on-campus--and are not properly formatted for off-campus access. If the persistent link does not begin with http://proxy-calu.klnpa.org/login?url= it probably will not work for some one off-campus.

Whenever you create links to library resources, it is a good idea to test those links from both on- and off-campus locations. This will spare your students--and you--problems later on!

If you have questions, or need help, please contact Loring Prest, the library's webmaster. He will be happy to help you create links to library resources.

This site is maintained by Loring Prest, Library Webmaster and Carol Jones, Library Information Systems Administrator.
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