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Your Friendly Librarians - Contact Us

From Left to Right:

Mike FitzGerald - Instruction and Reference - 818-778-5783

Xiao Liu-Behlendorf - Reference, Collection Development, and Acquisitions - 818-947-2762

Alex Chappell - Cataloging, Systems, Reference, and Instruction - 818-778-5785

Meghan Cason - Digital Resources, OER, Reference, and Instruction - 818-947-7261

Cynthia Cohen - Instruction and Reference - 818-947-2766

online services during coronavirus closure

Borrowing Books

Books circulate for 28 days, but will auto-renew through the end of the semester unless another patron requests your copy. Faculty are not subject to fines, but are held responsible for lost materials and must keep their records current.

Library Resources in Canvas

From streaming video to scholarly journal articles, the Library offers many resources to enhance your Canvas course and engage your students. Please explore our online guide to learn more.

OER

While we're happy to keep your textbooks on reserve, the Library encourages open access to course materials to foster more equitable outcomes for your students. We want to be your partner in textbook affordability. Learn about the support we can provide for Open Educational Resources (OER) and affordable textbooks.

Library Credit Course

In order for your students to take advantage of all the Library’s resources and to help them develop critical thinking skills, please encourage your students to enroll in Library Science 101.

Requesting and Discarding Books

Recommendations for specific titles may be made to our Collection Development Librarian, Xiao Liu-Behlendorf, via email. Or stop by the reference desk and make your request in person. We encourage faculty members to review the collection in their discipline for possible discarding (weeding) of dated or obsolete materials. Additionally, professional development credit is given for "review and assessment of library holdings in your discipline."

Databases and Off-Campus Access

To access our databases off-campus, you must login with your library login (sometimes called "academic login" or UIA). This is different from your network account, which correlates to your LAVC computer and email login. If you don't have a library login, contact ref@lavc.libanswers.com to request one.

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Reserve Books & Online Access

During the Library's physical closure, students won't have access to our collection of textbooks on reserve. Fortunately, many publishers are making online versions of their textbooks available, free of charge. Learn more.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Books from other libraries may be obtained through ILL. Be aware that this is a time consuming process, taking anywhere from 2-6 weeks and libraries limit ILL loans to two weeks. ILL requests may be made through a librarian. Stop by the reference desk, or call x2764 for assistance. Faculty are responsible for any fees charged by the lending library.

Library Assignments

A well-designed course-related library assignment is an effective way to introduce students to research. It relates to some aspect of course subject material or learning objectives leading to an increased understanding of a subject or the process of locating information related to a subject. A library assignment that meets these criteria is an excellent teaching tool and builds research skills. These guidelines are meant to ensure students of a positive library experience and reinforce library use as a means of learning.

We encourage faculty to collaborate with us on Library assignments, or share early assignment drafts for feedback. Please reach out to Cynthia Cohen if you're developing a Library assignment.