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ACPHS Library Services: For Faculty

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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 for more information.

Life Sciences Kate Wantuch
Allied Health Sciences Lisa Shaffer
Pharmaceutical Sciences Sue Iwanowicz
Pharmacy Practice Sue Iwanowicz


Liaison Services

Course guides: Online research guides tailored to assignments and/or course objectives.

Teaching: Create/teach workshops, in-class sessions, online modules.

Information literacy advising: Consult on information literacy principles and how they can be taught/reinforced in a course.

Assignment consults: Provide assistance in creating assignments that introduce or reinforce information literacy principles.

Open educational resources (OERs): Provide assistance in identifying open access teaching tools and textbooks to support a course.

Course reserves: Place library or personal items on Reserve.

Plagiarism: Provide advice and instruction on anti-plagiarism principles and techniques for you or your students.

New course proposals: Provide assistance in identifying library resources and services needed for new courses.

For more information, visit the ACPHS Library Services Information Literacy & Library Instruction Guide or make an appointment with a librarian.

Make a recommendation for library acquisitions.

Obtaining references: Get an item the library does not own.

Literature searches: We can perform a comprehensive search of the literature to help with literature reviews and research.

Finding collaborators: We can help identify other researchers with similar interests.

Identifying funding sources: We will search databases for funding prospects. We can work with you one-on-one or in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Keeping current: Get advice on setting up saved searches, RSS feeds, etc. to keep current on your topics of interest.

Identifying gaps in the literature: We can assist in finding fruitful research topics that would fill in literature gaps.

Identifying journals for article submission: We can help identify the best choices according to faculty's research and publication goals.

Identifying open access venues: We can help find open access publication possibilities.

Retaining author rights: Assistance in creating or editing author agreements with publishers that are most advantageous to authors.

Self-archiving planning and advice: Assistance with self-archiving your publications in subject repositories and the ACPHS Institutional Repository. 

Creative Commons licensing: Advise on licensing work through Creative Commons.

Pre-publication strategies for impact: Strategies on the best way to structure an article pre-submission to increase findability and uptake post-publication.

Identifying funding opportunities for open access publication: Assistance in identifying funds that can be used for author's fees when publishing in open access journals.

For more information, visit the ACPHS Library Services Scholarly Communication Toolkit or make an appointment with a librarian.

Data management planning: Provide strategies for managing research data.

NIH and other funder mandates: Provide assistance in complying with funders' mandates to make research open available.

Copyright and fair use: Provide advice on copyright and fair use issues in education and research.

For more information, visit the ACPHS Library Services Scholarly Communication Toolkit or make an appointment with a librarian.

Impact Assessment: Provide expertise in measuring the impact of research using traditional and non-traditional tools.

Citation tracking/analysis: Provide assistance setting up citation tracking and alerts.

Setting up author IDs: Provide assistance claiming ORCID IDs, Researcher IDs, setting up Google Scholar profile, etc.

Open access platforms and strategies: Provide advice on publishing open access.

For more information, visit the ACPHS Library Services Scholarly Communication Toolkit or make an appointment with a librarian.

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.  

Library course support options include in-person library sessions, synchronous (live Zoom sessions) and asynchronous tools (tutorials, videos, online research/course guides). 

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

Faculty members may request placement of physical materials on reserve in the Library for use by students in their classes.

Reserves are ideal for books, old exams, movies, and/or other materials that are required or recommended for students enrolled in your courses.

To place materials on reserve, please complete a reserve form.

Please note:
  • Reserve requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.
  • Materials must stay in the Library.  They may be checked out for two-hour loan periods.
  • Departmental items placed on reserve are subject to Library markings, such as barcodes, security sensors, and colored tape.  They will be returned to their departments at the end of the semester.
  • 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.   

Allied Health

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Lisa Shaffer
(518) 694-7342

Life Sciences

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Kate Wantuch

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Pharmacy Practice

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Sue Iwanowicz
Library Building
2nd Floor - Lib201B
106 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208