Library Services for Faculty

Our primary mission is to support teaching and learning. Each department or division has a designated librarian liaison. Contact us at any time to discuss how we may support you. We offer the following instructional support and library services to you:

Library Instruction Sessions

You can request library instruction sessions for your classes. Contact your librarian liaison to get started. Depending on the needs of the class, class time may be a few minutes for a very brief visit or the whole class hour for active learning. We will work with you to schedule the best time for the library instruction session and determine what information literacy skills students need to successfully complete their assignment and the appropriate amount of time for each instruction session. Library instruction topics may include:

  • Research Process:
    Refining topics
  • Search Strategies:
    Choosing keywords and search methods
    Finding books using library catalog & eBook collections
    Finding articles using online research databases
  • Evaluating Information:
    What are scholarly (research-based) articles
    How to evaluate websites
  • Tour of library
  • Plagiarism
  • Other topics as requested
LibGuides

You can request a LibGuide for your class or subject discipline. LibGuides are basically a library webpage that contains helpful information and links to sources to assist your students in completing their research needs for your class. You let us know what you need for your class and we will build a LibGuide for you. Contact your librarian liaison to get started. Note: LibGuides can be integrated into your online Canvas classroom! The LibGuide platform allows you to:

  • Organize core and relevant resources that your students will need to successfully complete assignments for your class.
  • Show RSS and podcast feeds to get the most recent postings from your favorite professional blog and news sites (NPR, CNN, etc.).
  • Embed videos from Films on Demand, YouTube, or other educational videos from open sources (Khan Academy, TED Talks, Acedemic Earth, etc.).
  • Link to ebooks, articles, and videos from the library's online databases.
  • Direct students to SPSCC Library for research assistance.

For examples of current LibGuides, go to our Research LibGuides.

Materials Purchase Requests

Though we strive to keep the library collection up-to-date and relevant to your courses and programs, we recognize that you are the subject experts. We highly encourage you to request the purchase of items that are needed to support your courses and programs and be involved in our collection development.

Items you may make a purchase request for may include books, DVDs, and CDs. Other special items may also be considered for purchase. All items, once purchased, will be placed into the SPSCC library collection for all students, faculty, and staff to use.

Please note that textbooks will not be purchased, though other required and supplementary materials may be purchased following the SPSCC Library Collection Development Guidelines (below).

Send your purchase requests to your Librarian Liaison (below).

Library Collection Development Guidelines

The Library will purchase materials for the purpose of supporting the college curriculum and maintaining a balanced and timely collection. Selection of materials will be accomplished through the work of the professional Library staff in conjunction with requests from faculty and students. 

Participant Responsibilities:

While the Library Dean is ultimately responsible for all Library services and programs, faculty librarians share responsibility for the development and maintenance of the Library’s collection. Areas of responsibility are defined as print (including electronic formats) and media.

Librarians solicit faculty members’ recommendations in their areas of expertise. Requests are evaluated in relationship to overall curriculum needs, selection procedures, and financial constraints.

Student and staff recommendations for the purchase of materials are welcomed.

Guidelines for Selection:

  • Relevance to curriculum-based student needs
  • Recommendations from faculty
  • Recommendations from students, staff and administration
  • Relevance to the curriculum
  • Adequacy of current holdings
  • Availability of resources from other sources
  • Relevance to professional growth
  • Historical or cultural value
  • Level of interest for faculty and students
  • Cost

Resources not normally purchased:

  • Textbooks
  • Highly technical resources
  • Popular fiction

Audiovisual and Electronic Materials:
Selection of these materials is based on support for classroom instruction with an emphasis on quality, effectiveness and currency.

  • Content directly supports classroom instruction, or is potentially useful for more than one class or department.
  • Treatment and presentation should be on the appropriate academic level.
  • Color, picture quality, and sound should be good.
  • Format should be accessible and cost effective.
  • Appropriate viewing and listening equipment in available and cost effective.
  • Technical support is available and cost effective.
  • A reasonable amount of use is anticipated for the cost of the materials.
Course Reserves

You are welcome to place your textbooks, course readings, and other educational materials necessary for your courses in our Course Reserves collection to provide your students access to them. You are also welcome to place library-owned items in Course Reserves.

IMPORTANT: It's very important that you complete the Course Reserve request form (opens in word). Without this form and the information you provide on it, we are not able to process the materials you need for your students. Please include the completed form with your teacher-owned materials or email the completed form to Chris Rea for library-owned materials.

If possible, donating a copy of your textbooks to Course Reserves is especially helpful to your students who are waiting for their financial aid checks to arrive in order to purchase their own copy of the textbook. Your students will be able to keep up with their class work during the first weeks of the quarter until they get their own copy.

The following materials may be placed on Course Reserves:

  • SPSCC library books and media items (DVDs, videos, CDs, etc.)
  • Personal copies of books or media items (supplied by instructors)
  • Textbooks, solutions, handbooks, lecture notes, class readings, course syllabi, etc. (supplied by instructors)
  • Exams/quizzes from previous semesters (supplied by instructors)
  • Educational kits (e.g. rocks, manipulatives, etc.)
  • For other educational items, please contact your librarian liaison

To place your Teacher-owned items in Course Reserves:

  • Complete and print out the Course Reserve request form (opens in word)

  • Attach the completed form to your items and drop them off at the Circulation Desk in the library

To place SPSCC Library-owned items in Course Reserves:

  • Complete the Course Reserve request form (opens in word)

  • Email the completed form to Chris Rea or drop it off at the Circulation Desk in the library and we will be happy to pull and process the library owned item for you and add them to our Course Reserves collection that is located behind the Circulation Desk in the library.

If we receive materials without a completed Course Reserve request form, they will be put aside until we've been able to contact you for the required information, which can add several days to your requests being fulfilled.

If you have any questions about Course Reserves, please email Chris Rea.

Video Tutorials
  • How to Embed Films on Demand Videos into Canvas

How to Embed Films on Demand Videos into Canvas

  • How to Use Primo One Search

 How to Use Primo One Search

Librarian Liaisons 
Subject Librarian Extension

Advanced Manufacturing

Margaret Thomas

5259

Art

Sarah Kaip

5258

Automotive Technology

Margaret Thomas

5259

Business & Office Administration

Lily Kun

5436

CAD

Margaret Thomas

5259

Culinary & Pastry Arts

Lily Kun

5436

Dental Assisting

Sarah Kaip

5258

Developmental Reading

Margaret Thomas

5259

Education/Early Childhood Ed

Margaret Thomas

5259

English

Margaret Thomas

5259

 

Sarah Kaip

5258

Film Studies & Media Comm

Margaret Thomas

5259

Fire & Emergency Services Tech

Sarah Kaip

5258

History

Sarah Kaip

5258

Japanese

Margaret Thomas

5259

Math/Statistics

Margaret Thomas

5259

Medical Assisting

Lily Kun

5436

Natural Sciences

Margaret Thomas

5259

Nursing

Lily Kun

5436

Nutrition

Margaret Thomas

5259

Open Educational Resources

Margaret Thomas

5259

 

Lily Kun

5436

Paralegal Assistant/Law

Lily Kun

5436

Performing Arts (Music; Drama)

Lily Kun

5436

Philosophy/Religion

Sarah Kaip

5258

Precollege

Margaret Thomas

5259

Social Sciences

Sarah Kaip

5258

Spanish/French/German

Sarah Kaip

5258

Speech/Communication

Sarah Kaip

5258

Welding

Margaret Thomas

5259