Faculty Handbook 2014–15

Library

Purchase College Library
Director: Patrick Callahan (Office: Library, Room 1010)
Director’s Office: (914) 251-6435
Circulation Desk: (914) 251-6401
Reference: (914) 251-6410
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center: (914) 251-6440
Library HoursLibrary Services for Faculty

The Purchase College Library offers a blend of digital and print resources, including approximately 237,000 print volumes and full-text access to more than 60,000 electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers. The library has extensive collections of music CDs, films, and documentaries, as well as listening and viewing facilities. The library also has a substantial depository of federal government publications.

The library’s website is the principal interface for accessing its resources and includes an online catalog of the library’s holdings, a list of online journals and databases, the Moodle learning management system, access to the online interlibrary loan service, the Ask a Librarian virtual reference service (email, text message, and 24/7 chat), and subject guides to help users get started with their research. The library’s digital resources, including journal articles, newspaper articles, and digital images, are available from any computer on or off campus with a Purchase College email account. Its physical collections can be checked out using a current More Card. For a complete list of services, please refer to Library Services for Faculty on the library website.

Computers, Wi-Fi, and Other Technology
Instruction and Subject Specialists
Interlibrary Loan
Visual Resources Collection
Meserve-Kunhardt Collection
Assistive Technology Room
Faculty Publications
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center

Computers, Wi-Fi, and Other Technology
As a technology center on campus, the library has more than 200 public computers, both PCs and Macs, and wireless Internet access. There are two PC labs and a Mac graphics lab that can be reserved via RoomBook, which can be accessed under “Quick Links” at my.purchase.edu. CTS manages all computer labs in the library, such as the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), which includes two digital audio suites and three video/graphics/music classroom labs. A list of software in the DMZ is available under CTS Computer Labs on the Campus Technology Services site.

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Instruction and Subject Specialists
Librarians are available to work with instructors in customizing course-specific instruction to assist users with research needs. Members of the library faculty provide introductory sessions for all sections of College Writing and typically provide instructional and guided research sessions for disciplinary courses at all levels, especially junior and senior seminars and senior capstone courses. Librarians are also available to assist faculty in designing research assignments and for individual research consultations with students and faculty members. Email lib.reference@purchase.edu or contact your subject specialist librarian to arrange instructional sessions or research consultations.

The library and the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center also offer workshops throughout the year for academic and professional employees on such topics as classroom technology tools, designing effective research assignments, online research tools, and social media. To register for and view descriptions of upcoming workshops, go to Faculty/Staff Workshops on the library website.

Faculty members who want to make suggestions for the library’s collections are encouraged to email lib.reference@purchase.edu or consult directly with a subject specialist librarian. If the library does not have immediate access to what you need, it usually can be obtained through interlibrary loan.

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Interlibrary Loan
Materials located at other libraries may be requested through the Interlibrary Loan link on the library’s home page. Turnaround time for interlibrary loan requests ranges from 24 hours to several weeks, although most items are delivered within two to four days, and all articles are sent electronically. There is no charge for the service. For more information, please call (914) 251-6428 or email lib.ill@purchase.edu.

Visual Resources Collection
The library houses the
Visual Resources Collection (VRC). The primary mission of the VRC is to provide and facilitate access to images, imaging, and related information resources for teaching and research in all departments at Purchase College. The VRC is a campuswide resource for faculty, staff, and students who need images for educational purposes, including classroom teaching, presentations, research papers, lectures, etc. For more information, please call the VRC at (914) 251-6407.

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Meserve-Kunhardt Collection
The library also houses the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection of more than 200,000 photographs, artifacts, and documents about 19th- and early 20th-century America, and the Gordon Parks Collection, which includes more than 4,000 photographic images and 22,000 negatives, plus slides and contact sheets by one of the major photojournalists, authors, and film directors of 20th-century America. Through a partnership with the
Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, Purchase faculty and students have research access to this collection.

Assistive Technology Room
The library houses the Assistive Technology Room, which is intended to offer greater access to equipment needed by students with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, or visual impairments. All users are expected to seek training from the Counseling Center.

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Faculty Publications
The library recognizes and preserves the scholarly achievements of the Purchase College faculty. A separate collection of faculty publications, including books, recordings, and films, is housed in the library’s special collections/archives area. The library also retains circulating copies of publications written by Purchase College faculty. Faculty members are encouraged to donate copies of their works when they can and to notify the library via the Ask a Librarian service when a new publication is forthcoming.

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Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center
Director: Keith Landa
Location: Library, Room 0008
Tel.: (914) 251-6440
Email: tltc@purchase.edu
Web: https://drupalsites.purchase.edu/tltc/

The mission of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) is to partner with faculty to enhance teaching and learning at Purchase College through the adoption of innovative and applicable pedagogies and technologies. The TLTC offers a wide variety of programming for faculty throughout the year, such as:

  • Teaching and Learning Days (full-day conferences with workshop sessions on pedagogy and technology)
  • Faculty communities of practice, such as the recent ePortfolio Institutes and designing courses for online teaching
  • Workshops throughout the year on such topics as the Moodle learning management system, Mahara ePortfolios, creating faculty OpenScholar sites for your online presence, designing effective learning outcomes, and other teaching and learning topics
  • Individual consultations on teaching and learning, and on instructional technology

  • Moodle (moodle.purchase.edu)
    The Moodle learning management system enables faculty members to provide additional content, host discussions, and keep in contact with students. You can link to readings, websites, videos, and course syllabi; test students on material; and incorporate other learning activities. The TLTC staff continually explores and adds new functionality to the campus Moodle system, such as VoiceThread conversations on media and Turnitin software for plagiarism protection and online grading. Moodle sites are set up for all regular courses. For help with using your Moodle course sites, please call or email the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center (TLTC) at (914) 251-6440, tltc@purchase.edu.

  • Mahara (portfolios.purchase.edu)
    The Mahara system provides individual spaces for all faculty, students, and staff, where they can develop ePortfolio views to support instruction and professional development. Mahara ePortfolios allow you to collect examples of your work, select items for display to different audiences, and reflect on the meaning on your work. Mahara is fully integrated with Moodle to allow faculty and students to easily transfer coursework into their individual portfolios, and to allow course-based portfolio assignments to be submitted back to Moodle for evaluation and assessment.

Please refer to faculty Web pages and blogs in the Getting Started section for related information.

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