A. Library Services
Faculty are encouraged to recommend appropriate print and non-print additions to the library collection. First priority will be given to those materials that support the instructional program. Orders for previewing of high-cost video and multi-media items should be arranged through the library office. Faculty should not send in requests for previews directly to the publisher. Specialized materials not available in the library and not appropriate for purchase for the college’s collection may be requested by faculty through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan requests will be handled through the library office.
The library provides access to books, periodicals, and media. Access to the library's holdings is available through an online public access catalog. Numerous electronic resources are available on-campus for student and community use via the library's local area network. From off-campus, the electronic resources and online reserves are available for current Howard Community College (HCC) students and college staff via password access. Formal information literacy presentations and individual research consultations are available by appointment.
Library resources may be used or borrowed by current HCC students, faculty, staff, and Howard County residents with appropriate HCC ID card or valid community resident card, which is issued by the HCC library. Priority is given to HCC students, faculty, and staff. Off-campus, digital access to reserve materials and electronic resources are available to current HCC students, faculty, and staff only. It is the responsibility of the borrower to report a lost card to a member of the library staff.
All library materials available for circulation may be checked out at the checkout desk. Users are required to have a valid HCC ID or community resident card with library barcode at the time of checkout.
All financial obligations to the library for fines or cost of lost and damaged materials must be met before release of grades, transcripts, or resumption of library borrowing privileges.
B. Audio-Visual Services
Audio visual (AV) services provides support for instruction and presentation through the use of AV technologies. Services include AV system installation, repairs, maintenance, and distribution of AV equipment to classrooms, labs, and meeting rooms throughout the campus. Instruction on the use of such equipment and its application to education and training is also provided. AV services provides digital audio and video recording and editing, as well as transfer of audio and video to other media (within copyright guidelines).
AV services are available to HCC faculty and staff. AV equipment may be reserved using the web-based reservation on the college website or by telephone call. Limited access can also be provided for students per authorization by a faculty member for specific assignments.
The HCC Archive is maintained and housed in the library. Minutes from committees and boards as applicable are kept in addition to numerous other items including photographs detailing the history of the college. Access to the archive is available either online or by appointment.
Additionally, the Senator James Clark, Jr. Archive is maintained by and housed in the library. This archive contains the official papers of former Maryland State Senator James Clark, Jr. Access to this archive is available by appointment.
D. Instructional Technology
The instructional technology office provides faculty consultation and training with technology resources that enhance the teaching and learning experience at HCC. The staff collaborates with faculty to create technology based course materials including graphic design and special printing for academic related events. Instructional technology designs and provides training in the use of college supported software and hardware platforms. The office also researches trends in education related technologies, and provides information across the college regarding innovative technology solutions.
Policy Manual Review/Revision: 10/09/09