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Faculty Services: Faculty Services

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

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.


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.

Databases and Off-Campus Access

To access our databases off-campus, you must login with your library login (sometimes called "academic login" or UIA). Faculty and staff can now log in with the same LAVC Credentials you use for your office computer and wi-fi on campus (which are different from how you log into your work email, Canvas, etc.) If you have previously requested a library login from us, it should continue to work.

See what's available.


The Library offers an online workshop series called the Library Research Toolkit and a targeted online workshop for English 101 students. Both options are delivered via Canvas. Learn more.

Reserve Books

As the Library does not buy textbooks, instructors are encouraged to put their own extra copies of the texts they are using on reserve. To put a book on reserve, simply complete this form and bring it to the library (if you are requesting the Library buy a book, you must order it the semester before you wish to use it to allow for processing time). Books will be kept on reserve until you take them off. Other materials such as photocopies, past tests, and journal issues may also be placed on reserve.

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.

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."