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Faculty Policies & Procedures

The Librarians and Library Staff work in partnership with the Faculty and Staff of Fontbonne University to create a campus atmosphere conducive to learning.

Circulation policies for faculty:

  • Fontbonne University main collection books: 4 months with 2 renewals
  • Interlibrary loan and MOBIUS books: 3 weeks with 2 renewals
  • Curriculum, Juvenile, Videos and Audio CDs: 3 weeks with 1 renewal

Books and videos may be renewed online by clicking here to log into your library account.

ILL (Interlibrary Loan)

MOBIUS, is a consortium of libraries with over sixty member libraries in the state of Missouri.

Fontbonne University has access to over 18 million items through the combined holdings of these libraries. If books are not available at Fontbonne University, but are available in the Bridges or MOBIUS system, faculty may request them through the catalog and pick them up within 3-5 business days at the Circulation Desk. Faculty may also visit MOBIUS member libraries and check out items on-site using their Fontbonne University ID.

** To request books, select your cluster (Bridges) and enter your username (your last name) and password (your Fontbonne University ID number followed by a capital F). MOBIUS books are checked out for 3 weeks with 2 renewals.

Borrowing outside of MOBIUS

When books, dissertations, or articles are not available in MOBIUS, they may be requested through interlibrary loan.  Audiovisual materials are not available through interlibrary loan.

Most interlibrary loan requests can be satisfied through the cooperative OCLC/LVIS network at no cost. If the requested material can only be found outside of that network (including most dissertations) the faculty member will be notified as to the probable cost of the transaction. If the material is still desired at that price, the faculty member may pay for it personally, charge his/her department for it at the department chair's discretion, or charge the cost to the department's allocation for library materials, depending on individual departmental policies.

Holds and Recalls

If someone else is using a book you need, the Library will hold it at the circulation desk when it is returned and notify you that it is available. If a book is checked out when it is needed within a few days for a class, the Library can contact the person who has the book and request its immediate return. Please see a faculty librarian for details about either of these services.

Laptops

The Library loans laptops to faculty members for use in the classrooms. The Library also supplies faculty members with VGA cables to connect the Library's laptop (or their own laptop) to the LCD projectors located in the classrooms. Audio cables to connect the laptop to the speakers in the classroom are also available upon request.

Library laptops will be checked out only to current Fontbonne University faculty. If the faculty member cannot appear at the library in person to check out the laptop, he or she can delegate a student to do so, but the student must submit a written and signed request from the faculty member to do so. In such a case, the laptop will be checked out in the faculty member's name and the request will be filled. If a laptop is lost while it is checked out, the faculty member is responsible for replacement costs.

Laptops must be returned to the library by the end of the day, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Reserves

Books and audio-visual material can be placed on Reserve for either in-library, overnight, or 7-day periods. Reserve materials will be removed at the end of each semester. Download and attach the Course Reserve Form (doc, 104.5KB) to your items and send to Jayme Abbott (719-3666) in the Library or contact the Circulation Desk for information: 314-889-1417.

Articles should be formatted electronically and uploaded into the course's Blackboard session (following appropriate copyright guidelines). Print copies will not be maintained at the Circulation Desk.

INSTRUCTION

INT199 - Information Navigation and Evaluation

The librarians are responsible for teaching a GER course on research skills to all students.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Accessing print and electronic library materials
  • Evaluating web and other resources
  • Searching electronic databases
  • Searching for and obtaining materials from the online catalog
  • Requesting materials from other libraries when needed
  • Understanding copyright issues in relation to students
  • Avoiding plagiarism

Library Instruction

The Reference Librarians are available to provide instruction to any class, introducing students to information resources and research techniques. Librarians are willing to lead these sessions or, if the faculty member prefers, provide the information to the faculty member for their syllabus. These sessions can be customized to the needs of the course both in length and in topic. Instructors are required to be present with their students for these sessions. At least one week's notice is requested when scheduling these sessions. Please contact a Reference Librarian to schedule these sessions.

Library Tours

Library Tours are provided to all classes upon request and can be combined with Library Instruction sessions if desired. Instructors need to attend with their students. At least one week's notice is requested when scheduling tours. Please contact your department's Library Liaison or any Reference Librarian to schedule.

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