Faculty Services

The relationship of the library to the teaching faculty is guided by the philosophy of academic partnership and shared responsibilities. What follows is a description of some of the programs and services that the library offers to WSU Vancouver faculty. As the library grows and changes, library programs also grow and change and sincere efforts are made to advise the WSU Vancouver community of changes.

Course Reserves

The library will put on reserve any item that follows the WSU Guidelines for Placing Materials on Reserve. Faculty are encouraged to make articles and other course notes available via electronic reserves. The WSU Vancouver Library requires at least 48 hours for processing reserve materials. Since copyright on reserve items can be complicated, you are encouraged to contact the Library as soon as you know you will be using reserves so that we can go over the Guidelines and copyright with you. For more information regarding reserves, take a look at the Instructor Reserves Information or contact the faculty support person in your department.

Library Instruction

Library instruction comes in several forms; a lot of one-on-one instruction is done in the library, but when an entire class will be using the library for a research project, it is often much more useful to arrange for a formal instruction session by a librarian. The most common session is approximately 50 minutes, usually done as a guest lecture during the normal class period. Please contact your subject librarian early in the semester to make arrangements for a guest lecture.

Circulation Policies

Faculty members are given semester-long loan privileges for materials from the WSU library system; however, materials are subject to recall if another patron requests them. Materials borrowed from Summit libraries or items borrowed through InterLibrary Loan will have much shorter borrowing times. All WSU library system materials can be renewed online or from the WSU Vancouver library. Journal issues do not circulate; however, a copy card for each department is available at the checkout desk for in-library photocopying.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Materials not accessible through the WSU library system are usually obtainable from other libraries. This service is currently free of charge. If you need materials in order to prepare for a course that you will be teaching, please see your subject librarian about accessing these resources.

WSU Libraries

The WSU Vancouver Library is part of the WSU Libraries multi-campus system, which includes a large collection of research materials available at four campuses. You can use Search It, the WSU Libraries catalog, to locate items across the WSU Libraries system. Materials available at other campuses can be requested via Search It for delivery to our campus. The turnaround time for this delivery service varies, depending on the type of material being requested; however, the average turnaround time is 24-48 hours for articles and 5 days for books, media, and other materials.

Oregon & Washington Libraries

In addition, WSU is part of the Orbis/Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 36 academic libraries in Washington and Oregon. The Alliance has a union library catalog (Summit) which allows you to search all member libraries at once and it provides for fast borrowing of materials between libraries.

Cooperative Collection Building

While the acquisitions budget is not formulated by program sub-budget, every effort is made to build a collection that equitably supports the varying needs of the students, faculty, and staff. It is very useful and strongly encouraged that faculty articulate their collection needs to your subject librarian. While it is not always possible to purchase everything that is requested, any and all requests are given serious consideration.

Current Awareness Services

Some of the electronic databases available to you provide current awareness services. These services come in all varieties but basically they allow you to obtain regular updates on searches that you run in the databases. The current awareness service help guide lists which databases provide these services.

WSU Vancouver Faculty Bibliography

The faculty bibliography is a compilation of citations to publications written by WSU Vancouver faculty. It provides a picture of the breadth and variety of scholarship and research in which our community is engaged. The complete bibliography as well as discipline-specific bibliographies are available.