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Faculty Guide to the Library

Circulation

Books circulate to employees for a period of 90 days. All audiovisual items not on Reserve circulate for 14 days, except for audiobooks in the Cooper Popular Collection, for which the borrowing period is 28 days. Reference materials circulate for 24 hours only to employees. Periodicals may also circulate to employees on a very limited basis. Any book or audiovisual item may be renewed if another patron has not placed a hold on it. If you have questions about library circulation policies, contact Jenni Link at (859) 246-6528.

Course Management System

The college has a course management system available for you to use for your courses: Blackboard (KCTCS eLearning).

Database Searches

Employees and students have access to many databases and electronic books from the library website: http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Library.aspx.  Articles databases can be accessed from the articles page at http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Library/Articles.aspx, which also includes information about accessing databases from off campus through the BCTC proxy server. Links to electronic books databases, as well as to book catalogs, can be found at the books page at http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Library/Books.aspx.  You must be an authorized BCTC employee or student to gain access to licensed databases. If you have questions about  off-campus access, contact Maureen Cropper at (859) 246-6394.

Faculty Resources of Interest

The library has many resources that may be of special interest to faculty. For example, the Chronicle of Higher Education is available to faculty, for the latest news in higher education.  We also have several libguides (library guides) geared to faculty needs, including Building Student Information Literacy Skills - We Can Help!Open Access Resources for Educators, Copyright for Educators, and Accessibility Resources for Faculty. We also have an Assignment Calculator tool that may be useful to direct students to, to help them with time management for their research paper writing assignments.

Interlibrary Loan

We can borrow materials for faculty, staff, and students from the University of Kentucky libraries and other BCTC library locations, as well as from other libraries throughout the world. Materials may take two weeks or longer to arrive. Materials moved between BCTC campuses should take about a week or less. You may complete an Interlibrary Loan form online at: http://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Library/Interlibrary_Loan.aspx.

Library Instruction

BCTC librarians provide instruction in various ways to help students learn about using library resources for research. A number of LibGuides, Subject Guides, and How Do I ? Guides are available for students to learn information literacy skills of how to formulate research strategies and use various library resources. We also have an Assignment Calculator tool to help students with time management when writing research papers. In addition, an online Library Research Guide is located on our website.  Opportunities for instruction via other methods, including Skype or video, may be available as well.  Please contact the library for more information.  

Learning Resource Center Materials Purchase

We encourage employees to make recommendations for purchases. You can recommend materials for purchase at any time during the year. Contact any of the librarians for assistance in preparing purchase requests. The online book purchase request form is at: http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Library/Resources_for_Ordering_Books.aspx 

The online audiovisual purchase request form is at: http://legacy.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/forms/lrc/avorder/

Media Services

Contact IT Media Services for the availability of audiovisual and computer equipment for check-out. Reserve A/V equipment as far in advance as possible, especially video equipment, laptop computers, and LCD projectors. For Cooper Campus reservations, contact Ray Mizell: (859) 246-6389.  To reserve equipment online, complete the form at: http://bluegrass.kctcs.edu/Library/Media.aspx

Plagiarism Resources for Faculty

KCTCS Policy on Plagiarism and resources related to plagiarism: Plagiarism Resources for Faculty

Reserves

For Cooper Campus reserve items, contact Jenni Link at (859) 246-6528. For Newtown Campus Reserves, contact Terry Buckner  at (859) 246-6397. Allow at least one week processing for items to be put on reserve. Please do not assign reserve readings to students before they are processed and made available at the circulation desk.  If you anticipate putting articles or other papers (lecture notes, exam copies) on reserve frequently, see Jenni Link or Terry Buckner about setting up a notebook to which items may be added throughout the semester.  Reference items are not placed on reserve.

Reserve items circulate for 2 hours within the Cooper Library  or Learning Commons or 24 hours (overnight checkout), as specified by the faculty member. Longer reserve borrowing periods are possible. Space restrictions allow only up to two copies of any item on reserve. We arrange reserve materials by course prefix and number, so make sure your students know the course and number as well as the title of the material they are requesting. If you have required readings on reserve, you might include this information in your syllabus. We require a valid ID card for library check-outs, including reserve materials. A BCTC student ID is preferred, but we will accept another type of picture identification.

Faculty are responsible for adhering to applicable laws regarding use of copyrighted materials placed on reserve. Contact Jenni Link (for Cooper Reserves) or Terry Buckner (for Newtown Reserves) for details on our policies on copyrighted print and audiovisual materials.

Directory

Cooper Library

Newtown Learning Commons

Media Services

  • Ray Mizell, Instructional Media, Cooper Campus (859) 246-6389
  • David Williams, Instructional Media, Newtown Campus (859) 246-4685