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Faculty FAQs

1) Where is the library?

2) How do I access the library's databases?

3) How do I know what materials the library owns?

4) How do I check out library materials? What is the loan period for materials?

5) What is OhioLINK?

6) How do I arrange to have materials placed on reserve ?

7) Is library instruction available for students in my courses?

8) Does my department have funds to purchase materials for the library?

9) What is the procedure for ordering books & audiovisual materials?

10) How do I request materials on interlibrary loan?

11) Does the library have Government Documents?

12) What is Special Collections?

13) What is the library liaison program?

1. Where is the library?

The Legacy Library is located in the center of campus on the 5th Street mall between Gilman Student Center and McDonough Leadership building. Within the library one can find Service desks on the main floor and the book collection on the Second and Third Floors. Special Collections is located on the lower level. The Center for Teaching Excellence can be found on the 2nd floor. The Chlapaty Cafe and the Prince Forum are located on the main floor on the 5th Street side of the building.

2. How do I access the library databases?

Alphabetical and subject-oriented lists of library databases are available from the Research Databases link on the library's home page. .All online products can be accessed from faculty offices or from home via remote patron authentication. Log-in to remote authentication requires patron name and patron barcode from the back of the Marietta College ID card.

3. How do I know what materials the library owns?

The Marietta College Library Catalog can be searched from the library home page. The catalog provides access to collections of about 250,000 books, continuations, periodicals (journals & magazines), government documents & media. Links to electronic videos and ebooks are also available. Print materials, videos, & DVDs are arranged by the Library of Congress classification system.

4. How do I check out library materials? How long can I keep them?

Your Marietta College ID is your library card and must be presented when you are checking out materials. Faculty loan periods are outlined in this table. Reference & Special Collections materials do not circulate. You may View your Library Record to renew materials, remind yourself of due dates of items, and check the status of your OhioLINK requests. Marietta College Library does not charge per diem fines on overdue materials. You may also use your Marietta College ID to check out materials at other OhioLINK institutions.

5. What is OhioLINK?

The Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is a consortium of 96 Ohio college & university libraries and the State Library of Ohio. OhioLINK membership includes access to a central catalog of institutional holdings, selected online indexes, full-text databases, reference tools, ebooks, & image collections. OhioLINK provides user-initiated online borrowing through its statewide catalog. Your Marietta College ID is required for patron authentication to borrow materials through OhioLINK. Books may be borrowed for 21 days plus six 21-day renewals (as long as another user has not requested the item) and media (AV & microforms), for 7 days plus three 7-day renewals. Materials are usually received in 3-5 days. Fines of $.50/day are charged on overdue OhioLINK materials. The OhioLINK Library catalog is available from OhioLINK's home page or directly through the Marietta College Library Catalog .

6. How do I arrange to have materials placed on reserve?

Complete a Course Reserve Request (PDF of form) at the Circulation Desk or online for each item to be placed on reserve. The request form solicits information such as your name, course name and number, length of time materials are to remain on reserve, and the loan period for which materials may be checked out. E-books, articles, and book chapters are linked to licensed databases or scanned into an electronic reserve system. Print books and media items are added to a conventional reserve checkout system. Students are charged fines for overdue reserve materials. Please click here to find out more information or contact the circulation desk at x4757 or . The library requires 24 hours to process materials for print reserve and 48 hours to process materials for electronic reserve.

7. Is library instruction available for students in my courses?

The reference librarians provide library instruction for any class in research methods using both print & electronic library and internet-based resources and in information literacy. Prior to a library session, a reference librarian meets with the course instructor to determine the needs of the students and the goals of the instruction. Each instruction session is specifically designed for the course. To schedule an instruction session, contact the Reference & Instruction Librarian, who coordinates the library's instruction program, at x4541.

8. Are there funds to purchase materials in my discipline for the library?

From the library's general budget and endowed funds, an allocation is made for faculty members to purchase monographs & audiovisual materials for the library collection. A faculty member may submit purchase requests for library materials at any time during the academic year. It is recommended that purchase requests be submitted by March 1st in order to receive the materials within the current fiscal year. Orders will be placed until the faculty allocation is expended. Purchase requests received after the expenditure of the faculty allocation will be held until the next fiscal year. Periodical subscriptions, continuations (e.g. annuals, yearbooks), & online databases are charged to the library's general budget. Requests for new materials requiring annual commitment of funds should be forwarded to the library director.

9. What is the procedure for ordering books & audiovisual materials?

You may pick up purchase request forms in the library's technical services or call x4758 for a PDF of the form to be sent to you via email. Fill in a form with all the information you know about a title and return the form to the library. If you would prefer, you can type your orders into an EXCEL spreadsheet. Please limit rush orders.

If you request a title that you want to review as soon as it arrives, write: Notify [your name] on the Remarks line of the order form. Circulation staff will contact you when the title is ready for you. If you want to know what new materials the library has acquired, go to the library home page and select New Acquisitions under Services and Forms.

10. How do I request materials on interlibrary loan (ILL)?

If you want to make use of an item that is unavailable locally or through OhioLINK, the library will try to borrow the item from another institution. Copies of articles in periodicals not owned by the library must be requested through interlibrary loan; articles cannot be requested through OhioLINK.

Inter-library loan (ILL) requests may be initiated using a web form located on the Services and Forms menu on the library's home page. Please allow 7-14 days to receive materials. Articles received as electronic documents will be forwarded to your email account; photocopies will be sent to your campus mailbox. You will be notified by email when a requested book has arrived, which you can pick up at the Circulation Desk. You will need your Marietta College ID. Renewal of ILL books can be granted only by the lending institution.

When searching the WorldCat database (see the Research Databases link on the library home page), a link is offered to "Request this item via Interlibrary loan" on the item display. Completing and submitting this web form forwards your request directly to the MC Library ILL department.

11. Does the library have government documents?

The Library is a selective repository of federal documents. Under the Government Publishing Office the Library receives documents from agencies that are of interest to our constituencies. This includes US Geological Survey maps housed in a satellite location in Brown Petroleum Building. For questions about government documents, see the Reference and Access Librarian or call x4361.

12. What is Special Collections?

Located on the lower level of Legacy Library, Special Collections contains the Slack Research Collections which comprise the individually named collections of rare and historical books, manuscripts & photographs. The collections number 35,000 books, 28,000 manuscripts and 15,000 photographs. The College Archives & Marietta College Library Art Collection are also housed in the special collections area. Focusing on developing its collections of American and regional history, the library continues to receive donations of historical materials. Faculty & students are encouraged to use the collections for research and when appropriate for assignments. Descriptions of the Slack Research Collections are printed in the Marietta College Undergraduate Catalog and on the Special Collections web site. Materials from the various collections do not circulate under any circumstances but may be consulted during the hours of Special Collections.

13. What is the library liaison program?