All WCC faculty and staff members, whether part-time or full-time, must have a WCC picture ID made by the Student Affairs Office to which the Erwin Library barcode may be affixed.
All WCC faculty and students are encouraged to apply for either a new or an updated Erwin Library card using the online Library Card Application.
If you require your students to provide verification that they have already registered with the Erwin Library and received a library barcode number, please direct them to fill out the short Library Card Confirmation Request form, available from the Library Card Application page. Upon verifying a student’s already existing library account, an Erwin Librarian will create and email a PDF to the student, which he or she can then forward directly to you. The student’s library barcode number and any personal information will not be visible on the document.
A third party may present another Erwin Library patron’s card to check out materials for the absent patron, including audiovisual items for faculty, but the patron whose card is used will have full responsibility for the good condition and return or replacement cost of the items.
Since campus-wide restrictions in place for access to certain social networking or gaming websites restrict some uses of the Erwin Library student computer workstations, faculty who wish students to access such sites for a homework assignment may contact the Open Computer Lab in Magnolia Building (919.739.7032, or ext. 7032 on-campus), clear the assignment in advance with the head of the Lab, and afterwards send their students to that lab to complete such an assignment under supervision of the Open Computer Lab staff.
Wireless internet access is freely available to all Erwin Library users and college visitors with no special login required.
Information Literacy Sessions
The Video Tour of Erwin Library on the library website is an excellent short introduction to the library facility, staff, services and resources, as is the video Erwin Library Homepage Tour which gives a quick overview for using the library’s website, especially useful for remote users.
A Student Guide to Erwin Library is available on the Erwin Library webpage, on the Distance Education Department’s “Moodle Student Help and Student Support Information” page, and also by a link in the “Student Resources” box in the top left area of each Moodle course page.
By setting up an assignment or discussion forum in Moodle for it, any WCC faculty member may use the Student Guide to Erwin Library to provide an online information literacy component for his or her students. Just direct students to review the Student Guide to Erwin Library, already in the Moodle course page, then locate the information literacy quiz now available to all students in the WCC Moodle Demo Course 2015-2016.
Since all students are enrolled by the Distance Education Department in this Moodle Demo Course, they will all see it in their course list. After taking the information literacy quiz, a student will receive a certificate of completion by email, which can then be uploaded to the Moodle assignment or discussion forum which has been set up by his or her instructor.
Additionally, the Faculty Guide to Erwin Library targets some specific faculty concerns such as Information Literacy, Copyright and Moodle related library services and resources.
Erwin Reference Librarians conduct face-to-face information literacy training sessions in either the Erwin Library Literacy Lab or in any off-site location on campus by appointment. The Reference Librarians also conduct library tours in the Erwin Library.
In information literacy sessions, students receive hands-on instruction for searching the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC), all research databases to which the Erwin Library subscribes, as well as relevant authoritative internet and paper resources.
Faculty are requested to please use the online Information Literacy Session Reservation form to request a session, though the instructor may certainly call the Reference Desk (919.739.6890; ext. 6890 on-campus) later to clarify details or special requests. Instructor-led group study sessions may also be arranged for the Library Literacy Lab, using the same online reservation form. A faculty member may request that a Reference Librarian be available to answer questions from students in any instructor-led group study session.
Appointments for information literacy sessions or instructor-led group study sessions in the Library Literacy Lab should be confirmed at least a week in advance to ensure availability of the Library Literacy Lab at the requested time slot.
Requests for sessions to be taught in the instructor’s own classroom may be made by entering the off-site building name and classroom number into the reservation form. An off-site session is desirable if the class would include over twenty-five students.
An information literacy session may easily be tailored by the Erwin Reference Librarian to suit the specific research needs of a particular class’s current assignment or project if the faculty member enters his or her specific needs in the Areas of Special Interest to Class field of the online form. The instructor may also use the Browse button on the form to attach a copy the class’s relevant assignment.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Full Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is available free to any faculty member with a current Erwin Library card, and material may be picked up at the Erwin Library Circulation desk by a third party presenting the requestor’s library card.
No ILL item may be placed on Academic Reserve.
Most articles can also be scanned and emailed as PDF attachments, so please provide an email address in the ILL request form.
The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) may be searched remotely from any computer that has Internet access, though holds may be placed only with an Erwin Library card barcode.
This Erwin Library card barcode also provides login access to all research databases and the patron’s account in the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) to renew checked out items before they are overdue, or to place an interlibrary hold on an item held by another CCLINC library.
Erwin Library users will now find a group of tabs on the homepage providing a portal to all options now available through WCC Single Search for making the most of the library’s ever-expanding collection of electronic, as well as print, resources.
Accessible through the WCC Single Search discovery service are nearly thirty thousand video-recordings, as well as hundreds of thousands of electronic books, articles and images from forty-four research databases in addition to those subscribed to through NC LIVE.
For faculty who wish to add a video link from the digital video resources to which the Erwin Library subscribes, to a Moodle course page so students taking a course may view the video through the course page, the tutorial WCC Single Search Basics: Add Video Permalinks to Moodle (PDF) will be very helpful.
By contacting an Erwin Reference Librarian, in person or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), WCC Faculty may place either Erwin Library-owned materials or their own research materials on Academic Reserve in the Erwin Library. The library requires at least three business days in advance to process a request to set up a reserve for a class, or to add on or remove items from a reserve list.
Books may be set up with a 2-hour in-house, one-day, or 1-week checkout period. Audiovisual items placed on reserve may only be viewed in the Erwin Library.
Faculty may request that sign-out sheets be mailed to them showing that their students have accessed certain materials placed on reserve. All Academic Reserve master lists and sign-out sheets are maintained in a single Reserve Notebook at the Library Circulation Desk.
Purchase of Materials
Faculty may suggest materials be purchased for the Library Collections by contacting the Reference Librarians in person, by phone (919.739.6890, or ext. 67890 on-campus) or by email at email@example.com, who will verify bibliographic information for the title(s) and direct the suggestion to the Director of Library Services.
Please include personal contact information if you wish to be updated about the status of the request, and you will be notified promptly.
Criteria for selection or deselection of library materials in all formats and subject areas may be found in the Collection Development Plan.
Checkout of Materials
All General Collection books are checked out for a 21-day period and may be renewed online by the patron in the OPAC, or by phone request to the Erwin Library Circulation Desk, if the books are not yet overdue, for an additional 21 days. Though overdue items may not be renewed, they may be checked out again, once they are returned to the Library Circulation Desk and the account cleared.
Audiovisual materials circulate to WCC faculty for a seven-day period only, with a limit of three titles (a multi-volume set may be considered a single title) on a single library account at any one time.
Faculty may then take an audiovisual they have checked out of the library to the Office of Communications in WLC 306 to have an educational copy made, paying only fifty cents for each DVD disc required for the copy.
One cautionary note: many audiovisual publishers now imbed restrictions into the media itself, preventing a copy of it being made, even if it does not circumvent U.S. Copyright laws to create an educational copy, as long as the master copy is held by the institution. An alternate video streaming resource many be found in the Erwin Library’s electronic holdings, or the faculty member’s department may consider purchase of that audiovisual for their own classroom access in case the library’s copy is not readily available.
When a faculty member returns the original copy of the audiovisual back to the library to shelve as a master copy, the new educational copy is thereafter the property of the faculty member on behalf of the WCC Department for which he or she works, and does not need to be inventoried by the library.
If a student wishes to check out an audiovisual item for a class presentation, a faculty member must check the item out for the student on the faculty member’s library account and be responsible for the return of the item to the library, or replacement cost should the item be lost or too damaged for further use.
Reference items and print periodicals may be used or photocopied only in the library.
Though faculty are not charged overdue fees, they are responsible for the cost of replacement of lost items either owned by the Erwin Library or items borrowed for the faculty member on ILL.