Services for Faculty


We can provide customized library and research instruction sessions for classes to introduce your students to the tools and strategies for finding appropriate resources for their assignments and/or to cover other information such as bibliographic citation, plagiarism avoidance, the nature of academic publications, etc. Two weeks notice are requested during the first month of the semester; after that one week is usually sufficient. Please provide a copy of your syllabus or assignment description. We find that instruction sessions are most productive when they are scheduled to coincide with a specific research assignment and when the classroom instructor attends and engages with the presentation.

If you cannot spare a full class session to devote to a research orientation, consider scheduling a 5 minute drop-in. A librarian will visit your class, introduce her/himself, and give a brief introduction to library resources with special focus on those most relevant for your class.

A librarian can also produce a customized resource guide for your class or subject area that can be posted to your course Blackboard page with links to recommended resources and databases and suggestions about search strategies.

Contact the instructional services librarian to request any of these services or discuss other ways that we can help your students succeed. 


Materials in the Reserve Collection are available for in-library use only for up to three hours at a time. The library automatically places on reserve the required textbooks for lower division core classes only. If you are going to assign all students in a class to research the same topic or advise many students to consult the same resource, we recommend placing relevant materials on reserve in order to ensure equitable access.

To place materials on reserve, deliver them to the circulation desk with the relevant course name and number. Please allow at least one full business day before materials need to be available to students (extra time may be required at the beginning of the semester or when a large number of items must be processed).

Faculty-owned items may be placed on reserve if the library does not own, or does not own sufficient copies, of the desired material. We regret that the library cannot assume responsibility for the condition of materials placed on reserve. Materials may be picked up at the end of the semester. If you wish to remove items from reserve earlier, please email us one day in advance so that we can remove them from our system before you retrieve them.

Library books on reserve are returned to their regular status and location at the end of each semester unless the faculty member notifies us that they wish to keep the same titles on reserve for the following semester. Please notify us at before finals week if you want to place the same materials on reserve for the next semester.

If you are placing copies of materials on reserve, you are responsible for determining that the copies comply with the fair use provisions of U.S. Copyright Law and for ensuring that the title and copyright holder are identified on the first page of the document. No more than five copies of a document may be placed on reserve.

Collection Development

We depend on faculty members, as experts in your fields of study, to let us know what resources you and your students need to support the teaching mission of the university. Please use the Library Order Card (requires login) in Eaglenet to inform us of key resources in your field or valuable titles in the areas you teach.

If you become aware that our holdings are deficient in a particular subject area, but you do not have specific titles in mind to remedy that deficit, please bring it to the attention of one of our librarians. We will identify appropriate acquisitions to strengthen our coverage in that area.

Please also let us know if you are developing a new class, or changing the focus of an existing class, so that we can audit relevant library resources and identify whether acquisitions are needed to support your class.

Journal Routing

Periodicals that the library receives in print can be routed to you by campus mail upon their arrival so that you can examine them before they are placed in the current periodical browsing area in the library. Contact the periodicals coordinator if you wish to request this service. 

Link Generator

Stable or document URLs or permalinks to articles found in databases like EBSCO, ProQuest, JSTOR, and Gale may not work for off-campus users without some modification. If you wish to share links to library electronic resources with students by email or on Blackboard, use this form to create proxy-enabled links to articles in library databases. 

Course Development Consultation

Librarians are happy to meet with you if you are developing or revamping a course to help identify supporting materials that may already be available in the library's collections or from open educational resource collections or that library can acquire to support your course. Using library resources (ebooks, videos, image collections, interactive study tools, etc.) to supplement or replace textbooks may reduce the cost for your students and help support a greater variety of learning styles. Contact a librarian if you would like to schedule a consultation.

Copyright Consultation

You can contact a librarian if you have questions about the use of copyrighted material for research, instruction, or related activities, or if you have questions about managing the copyright of materials that you or your students have created. We can provide you with information about the current state of copyright law, especially as relates to education. Please note: We are not lawyers and DO NOT offer legal advice.