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.

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.