Faculty Handbook 2015–16
draft in progress

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 FacultyAsk a Librarian

The Purchase College Library offers a blend of digital and print resources, including approximately 237,000 print volumes and full-text access to approximately 200,000 online journals, magazines, newspapers, books, and scores. The library has extensive physical collections of music scores, 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, online journals and databases, the Moodle learning management system, the 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. Materials in the 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
Assistive Technology
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 throughout the building. There are two PC labs, a Mac graphics lab, and the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), which includes two digital audio suites and three video/graphics/music classroom labs. These labs can be reserved via RoomBook, which can be accessed under “Quick Links” at my.purchase.edu. CTS manages all computer labs in the library, including the Digital Media Zone (DMZ). A list of software in these labs is available under CTS Computer Labs on the Campus Technology Services website.

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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 instructors in designing research assignments and to conduct individual research consultations with students, faculty, and staff members. Email ask@purchase.libanswers.com or contact your subject liaison 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’s website.

Faculty members who want to make suggestions for the library’s collections are encouraged to email ask@purchase.libanswers.com or consult directly with a subject liaison 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 about the VRC, please send an email to kimberly.detterbeck@purchase.edu.

Assistive Technology
The library also houses various assistive technologies, intended to offer greater access to software and equipment needed by students with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, or visual impairments. The equipment is housed in the library’s Technology Assistance Office, which serves as a customer service center for basic technology and computer help for all library users. Users who need assistive technology are expected to seek training from the Office of Access and Accommodations.

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 archives. 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 by emailing ask@purchase.libanswers.com 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: tltc.blogs.purchase.edu and purchase.libguides.com/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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