For Faculty

The Libraries endeavor to work in concert with teaching faculty campus-wide to provide the best service and materials to Clarion University Students. Students, faculty, and the in higher education.


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


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:



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) which permits students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials directly from other academic libraries. The complete list of participating libraries in the consortium is available here (

Before visiting one of these libraries, obtain an authorization form from the Carlson Library or Suhr Library circulation desk. Present the completed form and your University ID to the PALCI member library when borrowing items.  You are responsible for returning all materials to the lending library by the assigned due date.


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).

    • For Assistance, please contact:

NOTE: Please allow at least two weeks for materials to be added to the reserve collection.


Last Updated 2/6/19