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ACPHS Library Services: For Faculty

Library Liaisons

Each faculty member has a library liaison, a librarian who works with you to provide the materials and peronsal services specific to your work at the College.

We can assist you with:

  • literature searches
  • developing information guides for students in your courses
  • delivering information literacy instruction to students in your courses
  • measuring the impact of your research for promotion & tenure

Please feel free to contact your library liaison at any time.

Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians are available to give individualized and group instruction on information resources and information literacy skill development to both faculty and students. If you would like to set up an appointment to receive resource instruction or to schedule instruction for your class, please contact your liaison.

We also work with you to develop information guides for students in your specific classes. For an example, please visit the BIO 210: Microbiology guide.

Feel free to contact your liaision anytime. We're happy to work with you.

Course Reserves

Faculty members may place materials on reserve in the Library and Information Commons for use by students in their classes. Materials must stay in-house and may be checked out for two hour loan periods. Reserves are ideal for books, readings, journal articles, study guides, old exams, motion pictures and/or other materials that may be needed by your students.

To place materials on reserve please submit the reserve items and a completed reserve form to the Library and allow two days for processing.

The following restrictions apply:

A maximum of three copies of a required reading will be placed on reserve.
Only one copy of suggested reading that is not owned by the library or available online will be placed on reserve.
Materials available to students online will not be placed on reserve in paper form.
Copyrighted materials may be placed on reserve for a maximum of one semester only.

Please note:

Required or recommended course textbooks are not knowingly purchased by the Library. If you would like your course textbooks placed on reserve you will need to provide a copy.
Personal items placed on reserve are subject to library markings, such as barcodes, security sensors, and colored tape.

Textbooks

As a general policy, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Libraries do not purchase textbooks or add donated textbooks to the library collections.  Faculty may choose to place a personal copy of a textbook on reserve in the library for a specific course and the textbook will be returned to you at the end of the course. 

This practice is related to issues of space, resources, and mission.  Textbooks are quickly outdated, and acquisition would hinder our efforts to develop a collection of lasting value. 

For the purposes of this policy, a textbook is a book specifically designed to be used as the basis of a course of study.  They are typically designed for a semester-long course and often have a companion teacher’s edition. Textbooks are commonly reissued in updated editions every year or two, and typically contain examples, problems, practice exams, etc.  Scholarly studies, works of literature, history, philosophy, and other types of texts may be required reading for a class but they are not considered to be textbooks as defined above. Sometimes texts required for a course may already be part of the library’s holdings because they meet the criteria of the library’s general collection development policy, not because they are required for specific classes.

Please note that, as academic libraries generally do not purchase textbooks, they are not available on interlibrary loan. Library Services does not fill Interlibrary Loan requests for textbooks in current use at the College.  

If you have suggestions for items to be added to the library’s collection, we would love to hear from you.

Your Library Liaisons

Sue Iwanowicz

‚ÄčDirector of Library Services


 

Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell

 Assistant Director of Library Services


 

Lisa Shaffer

Lisa Shaffer

Head of Reference and Education


 

Kate Wantuch

Kate Wantuch

Systems and Metadata Librarian


 

Gwen Weld

Electronic Resources Librarian and Archivist