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Faculty Guide to Library Resources: Introduction to the Faculty Guide

This guide is for CSM faculty who want learn more about using library resources in their online and in-person classes and instruction.

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This guide is for CSM faculty who want learn more about using library resources in their online and in-person classes and instruction.  If you need help with something not featured here, please email us with suggestions or questions!

Librarian / Faculty Collaboration

Library faculty are always interested in working with classroom faculty to support curriculum and student success.  Librarians can work with faculty to create assignments that will help CSM students produce better papers and projects.  The Library also solicits faculty input in reviewing current collections and making recommendations for additional resources. 


Librarians welcome opportunities to collaborate with faculty in academic, workforce development, and basic skills programs to design learning activites that foster development of core information research competencies.


For example, librarians and faculty have recently worked together on several successful collaborations:

Librarians are also available to present Library Orientations specifically tailored to support a course's overall objective or a particular research or class project.  Orientations generally take place in the Library classroom, which is equipped with computer workstations and a projection unit.


Librarians also can create online library research guides (LibGuides, just like this one) expressly for your classes or programs.  More examples of Librarian created LibGuides can be found here.

Faculty Borrowing Privileges

Extended loan period:

The Library extends a special loan privilege to classroom faculty.  Faculty members may borrow books in the circulating collection for an extended loan period of up to one semester.  Extended loan requests must be made in person.  Faculty must present a PLS Library Card to borrow all Library materials.  The Library also waives CSM fines and fees for faculty.

Intra-library loan:

Intra-Library Loan: The PLS integrated Online Public Access Catalog and delivery system enables easy access to materials available in all public and community college libraries in San Mateo County. Faculty and students with a valid PLS library card can place a “hold” on almost all circulating items at any PLS library and ask that it be sent to CSM for pickup. The Library waives the hold fee for items that are picked up at CSM. Visit this page for more information on placing holds.

Inter-library loan:

The Library can also borrow materials from public and academic libraries that are not in the PLS system. The CSM WorldCat catalog provides an easy interface to search for items in PLS libraries and to extend the search to libraries throughout the world.  Visit this page for more information on inter-library loan for faculty.

This guide was originally created by..

Katherine Becvar