Guidance from the library on copyright issues, including links to informative Web sites.
Guidance from the library on how to detect plagiarism as well as suggestions for teaching students how to avoid it.
The mission of the library's instructional sessions is to provide faculty and students with the skills necessary to become information literate. The library works to align the instructional content with the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education created by the Association of College and Research Libraries. We encourage all instructors and students to become more information literate because "information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments and to all levels of education." (American Library Association)
- Research Instruction
These sessions cover different aspects of research (such as topic narrowing, resource evaluation, database searching, etc.). The sessions take place at the library and last up to one hour. To request library instruction for your classes, please complete this online form at least 48 hours before the needed date of instruction. You will receive an email confirmation. Please call us at 434.961.5309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Embedded Librarian
An embedded librarian works as a secondary instructor or teacher's assistant in an online class or in the online portion of a face-to-face class. Embedded librarians provide personal, ongoing information literacy instruction to students, thus freeing the instructor to focus on teaching. For more information, contact Laura Skinner at 434.961.5309 or email email@example.com. To request an embedded librarian for your class, please complete this online form.
- Book a Librarian
The Book a Librarian program brings together small groups of students (3 to 8) who meet with a librarian for up to an hour to learn about research skills or about library resources in an in-depth, hands-on way. This service is available between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Please encourage your students to attend. For more information or to request a session, contact Laura Skinner at 434.961.5309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MERLOT - A peer-reviewed collection of teaching materials. See the MERLOT tutorial about using this online resource.
Project Muse - A database with more than 300 full-text journals covering a wide range of topics, including literature, social science and theatre. See the Project Muse tutorial below for more information about using this database.
All book or media purchases by faculty using division funds must be ordered by Technical Services and require the approval of the appropriate dean. Library requests may be submitted via email, publishers' flyers, publishers' catalogs or written request. Use a highlighter to mark items when submitting catalogs or flyers. If submitting a request via email, please include author, title, ISBN, format and price. Books and media materials are catalogued in the order they are received. If you need to borrow a title before it has been catalogued, please see the Technical Services Supervisor in room 701 in the library.
Faculty members may place books, folders and videos on reserve for their classes. Bring reserve materials to the circulation desk. You may select one of the following loan periods:
- In library use
- Two days
- One week
Shipping (UPS) Support
The library can ship work-related items via UPS on your behalf. Please follow the below guidelines.
- All materials that need to be shipped through UPS must be brought to the library by 2 p.m. to ensure that the package will be picked up for delivery.
- If packages are brought to the library after 2 p.m., library staff will prepare a pouch and shipping label. The sender is responsible for taking the package to the UPS store.
- There is no UPS pick-up on Friday while the College is on summer schedule. Any packages dropped off after 2 p.m. on Thursday or on Friday will be sent the following Monday.
- Alternatively, the library staff will prepare a pouch and shipping label. The sender is responsible for taking the package to the UPS store.
- The sender is responsible for filling out a shipping request form (provided by the library at the circulation desk) which provides details on how the package should be sent.
- The library only supplies 14.75" by 11" padded pouches for shipping. The library staff will ship items that require larger packaging, but will not locate larger pouches or boxes. This is the responsibility of the sender.
- The library can ship packages ground service, next day air, next day air early morning or second day air, depending on the request of the sender. If the senders do not specify how they would like their materials shipped, the library staff will ship the package ground service.
- The library will retain records of UPS deliveries for three years. Neither the library nor UPS can retrieve records older than three years. For questions about records, contact Avie Thacker (email@example.com).
- UPS only provides electronic delivery receipts. At the sender's request, the library can send an electronic delivery confirmation receipt.
- Senders must include their phone number and email address when they leave a package with the library.
- To ensure that packages arrive correctly and without service delays, the sender should provide as much shipping information as possible, including: company name, name of a company contact, street address (UPS will not deliver to a PO Box), city, state, and a zip code. Including an email address and phone number for a company contact is not required by UPS, but is helpful to the UPS driver in case any issues with delivery occur.
- If any service delays occur because a sender relays incorrect shipping information to library staff, it is the responsibility of that individual to contact UPS and ensure that the package is delivered to the correct address.
- If any service delays occur because the library staff gave incorrect shipping information to UPS, then the library staff will work to correct the error by contacting UPS and ensuring that the package is delivered correctly.
- Any service delays that occur due to circumstances beyond the library or UPS's control (inclement weather, etc.) should be handled by the sender contacting UPS.
- UPS does not provide insurance for its packages, and the company's liability is limited to $100.00. If a package is damaged during delivery, it is the responsibility of the sender to contact UPS with complaints or concerns.
- FedEx shipping is the responsibility of the sender; the library does not ship or provide packaging for FedEx shipping.
- USPS packages may be taken by the sender to PVCC's mail center in the Business Office area.
- Finding eJournals - Information about searching for eJournals.
- Linking to library resources - Learn how to link to library resources in Blackboard.
- ARTstor presentation - Information on how to use ARTstor and its images for teaching.
- MERLOT - Learn to use this online resource to locate teaching materials.
- OVID - Locate professional reading materials in this database of nursing and medical journals.
- Project Muse - Learn how to receive email alerts for new issues of academic journals.