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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 personal services specific to your work at the College.

We can assist you with:

  • literature searches
  • instruction on using library resources and services
  • 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 assist you in ensuring that your students are successful in completing assignments and building their information literacy skills. Our goal is to partner with faculty to select the best instructional method that is tailored to your course objectives.  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library course support will be virtual and options include synchronous (live Zoom sessions) and asynchronous (tutorials, videos, online research/course guides). For an example of a customized course guide that includes tutorials, please visit the BIO 111 Course Guide

If you are curious to learn more about our offerings, please request a librarian consultation.

If you are ready to incorporate a library related activity or assignment into a course this semester, please complete a Library Instruction Request Form.

Course Reserves

For updated reserves policies during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see Library Services - Faculty Update #1: Course Reserves.

Please note:

  • Our updated Fall 2020 Course Reserves Form is available here.
  • Reserve requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.
  • The Library, its staff, and the College cannot give legal advice regarding copyright law.  It is up to each individual in each instance of use to determine whether the intended use of materials adheres to the Copyright Law of the United States.
  • For more information, visit our copyright page.   


To ensure the health and safety of the College community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Library Services is making evidence-based changes to how our physical collections are accessed. With that, the lending of print textbooks, typically available on Reserve, has been suspended.

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 departmental copy (i.e. purchased with ACPHS funds) 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

 Director of Library Services


Kim Mitchell

Kim Mitchell

 Assistant Director of Library Services


Lisa Shaffer

Lisa Shaffer

Student Success Librarian & Head of Reference


Kate Wantuch

Kate Wantuch

Systems and Metadata Librarian