Services for Faculty
|Main Collection||Main Collection - Reference||Main Collection - Juvenile||New York Times Bestsellers Collection||AV - DVD/VHS/Blu-ray||AV - Audiobooks|
|Loan Period||End of Semester||3 days||21 days||7 days||21 days|
|Max. # of items||-||10|
Borrowing from Other Libraries
As members of an LVAIC college, Muhlenberg students, faculty, and staff can borrow directly from the following college libraries:
- Cressman Library - Cedar Crest College
- Trexler Library - DeSales University
- Lafayette College Libraries - Lafayette College
- Library Services - Lehigh University
- Reeves Library - Moravian College
You will need to get a borrower's ID from each library you use. Note: Due dates for materials and conditions for use will vary.
Materials may also be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. IMPORTANT: Those materials must be returned to Trexler Library, not directly to the LVAIC library.
These nearby libraries are not part of LVAIC:
- Allentown Public Library
- Rohrbach Library - Kutztown University
- Lehigh Carbon Community College Library
- Lehigh County Historical Society (no on-line catalog and borrowing)
- The Library at Penn State Lehigh Valley
The use and borrowing policies of these institutions vary, and may require local or Pennsylvania residency.
Information Literacy and Instructional Support
What is information literacy?
Trexler Library supports the development of information literate students who can discover, organize, analyze, create, and share information in order to achieve their academic goals and to enhance their independent, lifelong learning habits. Information literate students will thereby develop an intellectual framework for critical analysis and reflection of diverse information resources.
Read our entire Statement on Information Literacy here.
How do I incorporate information literacy into my assignments and courses?
Library instruction sessions take many forms, but often are tailored to a specific research project. Librarians can recommend particular resources, demonstrate search techniques, discuss resource evaluation methods, consider how items can properly be incorporated into research, and more, all in our hands-on classroom. Working in partnership with the faculty, librarians help define assignments to enhance your information and literacy course goals. A session can be schedule for part of a class period, an entire class period, or even span multiple class periods.
Library instruction can be scheduled in a variety of ways:
- via the online instruction request form
- by contacting the Information Literacy Librarian, Rachel Hamelers, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 484-664-3601
- by contacting your subject specialist, listed below:
Note: Please allow at least one week for class preparation.
Subject librarians are available to work one-on-one with students on a referral or drop-in basis. Contact the subject specialists listed above.
The assignment ideas listed at Alternatives to the Research Paper may help you adapt your existing assignments or develop new assignments.
Contact the Library Instruction Coordinator, Rachel Hamelers (email@example.com / 484-664-3601) or your Subject Specialist Librarian to discuss these and other assignment ideas.
Other Instructional Support
Librarians are available to assist with:
- Integrating information literacy components throughout the course and syllabus.
- Developing course-specific online research guides.
- Teaching students about proper citation of web and print resources.
- Supporting faculty in incorporating instructional media in the library's Information Commons.
- Developing informational-related pedagogy for faculty Blackboard/Moodle sites.
- Understanding and applying copyright for both classroom work and individual scholarly communication.
Contact the Library Instruction Coordinator, Rachel Hamelers (firstname.lastname@example.org / 484-664-3601) or your Subject Specialist Librarian to discuss other opportunities.
You may place items from the library, or your personal collection, on reserve. Items on reserve include:
- books and book chapters
- links to online materials
Requests can be submitted in a variety of ways:
- by contacting Amanda Riegel, Public Services Assistant, at email@example.com / 484-664-3540
- via the online course reserves request form
- by visiting the Circulation Desk
Reserve periods are for 2 or 4 hours, and 1 day. Students may take out one AV item or 2 printed materials at one time. Requests to place items on reserve should be made 3-5 days in advance of class assignments to ensure access for your students. During the first two weeks of a semester there is usually a backlog of requests which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please submit your requests as early as possible.
If an item has already been placed on reserve for another course, we ask that you obtain permission from the faculty member who has placed the item on reserve before using it for your own class.
Materials placed on reserve must comply with copyright laws. In general:
- The library or the instructor should own a legally obtained (not pirated) copy of the item being placed on reserve.
- Duplications of small portions of a legally obtained copy can be placed on reserve. For duplications in larger amounts, especially duplication of an entire work, library staff may need to request permission of the copyright holder.
- ILL items can be placed on physical reserves so long as they adhere to fair use. ILL items may be posted to electronic reserves only with permission of the copyright holder.
- Items from the library’s reference collection can be placed on reserve with permission of the subject specialist.
- Reserve items should be considered supplementary readings, not replacements for textbooks.
The above copyright guidelines all operate within the concept of fair use, described in detail in the Copyright section below.
Electronic reserves is now available. For more information, contact Amanda Riegel, Public Services Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 484-664-3540.
Trexler Library is responsible for the collection and stewardship of scholarly and general interest materials which support the College's liberal arts education and lifelong learning mission. The collections are developed to serve the current students, faculty, and staff of the College Community. The Library selects resources for its collections primarily in support of the current and anticipated curriculum of the College, and secondarily in support of current and anticipated research needs as determined by available funding. Faculty members are encouraged to participate in the development of the library's collections by recommending new and out-of-print materials.
A portion of the library’s allocation for books & monographs is distributed on an annual basis to each academic department. These funds are managed by your departmental liaison, in conversation with the librarian liaison, to purchase materials in support of:
- all courses taught by members of that department, including interdisciplinary, FYS, and Capstone courses
- major and minor subject areas taught by a department, with the recognition of the increasing interdisciplinary areas that include these topics
- major and minor interdisciplinary programs (e.g., Women's Studies) overseen by a faculty member in that department
It is important to note that half of the distributed funds must be spent on books. The remainder may be spent on other formats such as audio-visual. Departmentally apportioned funds may not be spent on:
- databases or other serials requiring a subscription
- course lectures
Departments are encouraged to suggest items outside this policy when matching funds can be provided. Please read the Collection Development Policy and Textbook and Course Lecture Materials Collecting Guideline for more information about the library's collection development program.
For details on the roles of librarian liaisons, departmental liaisons, and interdisciplinary program liaisons, please see Liaison Program of Trexler Library: Role Description.
Additional funding is available from the Parents' Fund. This money is available to any full-time faculty member for purchasing materials in support of teaching a particular course, especially a new course. Application forms are distributed once a year, with allocation of funds determined by the Library Committee. Please see the Parents' Fund Request Form for more information.
Helpful Selection Tools
Trexler Library subscribes to a number of tools that can assist you in selecting items for purchase. Your Librarian Liaison is available to answer questions, provide suggested materials, or help you to use any of these tools:
- Choice Reviews Online
- Choice offers monthly reviews of current undergraduate-level publications with topical bibliographies. Allows setup of personal profile enabling email notification of new reviews in your areas of interest. Allows creation of lists that can be emailed to departmental liaison for purchase.
- Tips for Using Choice Reviews Online
- Resources for Colleges (RCL) is a highly selective, core list of 60,000 titles in all subjects. Includes books, CD-ROMs, databases, and web sites. Allows creation of lists that can be emailed to departmental liaison for purchase.
- Tips for Using RCLweb
- Bowker Book Analysis System (Login as User: general, Password: logmein)
- This analysis tool shows our current collection strength based on RCL and which RCL titles we do not have.
- Tips for Using Bowker Book Analysis
- Books in Print
- BIP is extensive database of published and forthcoming books, audio books, and videos including bibliographic information, pricing, and reviews from major sources. Allows creation of lists that can be emailed to departmental liaison for purchase.
- Tips for Using Books in Print
How to Place an Order for Books or AV Materials
Requests to purchase materials should be sent to your Departmental Liaison who reviews the requests and forwards those approved to the Librarian Liaison.
Requests can be sent in any of several forms:
- on green order cards (available from your Departmental Liaison)
- via email to your Departmental Liaison
- via the online purchase request form
Any requests of particularly urgent instructional need can be labeled as a “rush” order. Please note if items are for Course Reserves.
Questions about collection development and purchase requests can be directed to your Departmental Liaison, your Librarian Liaison, or the Acquisitions Manager, Karen Gruber (email@example.com / 484-664-3570).
Copyright at Muhlenberg College
Consult the College Copyright Policy.
For additional information about academic copyright, visit our Copyright Primer.
Concerns about copyright in the classroom or in publishing can be directed to the Outreach and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Kelly Cannon, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 484-664-3602.
Digital Learning at Muhlenberg
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