A significant part of the University Libraries' mission is to build, select, and preserve -- in cooperation with University faculty -- a collection
of information resources supportive of current and anticipated needs of the University's
instructional programs and supportive of teaching and learning.
The University Libraries' collections are developed jointly by librarians and classroom faculty. To facilitate this process, each department is assigned a library faculty liaison for purposes of communication and collection development.
A Collection Development LibGuide provides a list of library faculty liaisons as well as more detailed information on resources and policies. (If a library liaison has not been assigned to the department, the Collections Librarian will provide assistance.) While academic departments vary in their procedures for working with the library, most academic departments designate a faculty member to function as a liaison. Library and department liaisons work together to ensure development of a strong collection.
Faculty should, if possible, channel requests for materials through the department's representative to the appropriate library liaison. To facilitate purchasing decisions when funding is limited, please designate requests by level of importance to the collection:
- Essential to support a specific course/program
- Provides general support for the discipline
- Marginal purchase, but appropriate for a balanced academic library collection
FACULTY STUDY ROOM
A shared faculty study room for use by current and retired faculty is available in Carlson Library on Level A in room A-17. This room contains two tables and a networked computer. Authorized individuals may have the room unlocked by Level 1 Reference Desk personnel.
The Libraries offer a program of course-integrated information literacy instruction. Clarion campus sessions are held in room 201 Carlson Library (instruction computer lab) unless alternate arrangements are made. Tutorials on various databases and services are also available through the Get Help link on the Libraries' Home page.
Faculty: If you would like a Librarian to facilitate an information literacy session for your class at the Carlson Library, Clarion Campus, through D2L online, and/or Clarion Online, please:
- Contact Karen Sheesman at +1 814 393 1841 to reserve a time slot.
- Schedule early, as slots fill up quickly.
- When you schedule, let us know the number of students in your class.
- The Librarian teaching the session will contact you to discuss the details of your class assignment and the coverage of the session.
If you would like a Librarian to facilitate an information literacy session for your class at Suhr Library, Venango College, please:
- Contact Nancy Clemente at +1 814 393 1245 or 814-676-6591 Extension: 1245
ON-SITE BORROWING AT COOPERATING LIBRARIES:
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) libraries lend books directly to visiting faculty and students. Your University ID is needed to borrow materials from these institutions. Here is a list of the PASSHE universities and a map showing their locations.
Clarion University participates in the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.
(PALCI) that permits faculty to borrow materials directly from other academic libraries.
The PALCI website has a complete list of participating libraries.
Before visiting one of these libraries, obtain an Authorization form from Carlson Library or Suhr Library. Present the form and your University ID to the PALCI member library when borrowing items. Forms may be obtained from a Librarian at the Reference Desk or from the Circulation Desk.
STATE LIBRARY OF PENNSYLVANIA
State employees may request a state library card from the State Library of Pennsylvania to access their databases.
The Libraries offer electronic, traditional print, and media reserves. Faculty are encouraged to use electronic reserves when possible to enhance student access to materials. Read the Clarion University Libraries' complete Reserve Policy (forms and instructions for placing reserves are included).
NOTE: Please allow at least two weeks for materials to be added to the reserve collection.