Faculty Support

Below is an overview of library resources and services that support faculty members' teaching endeavors, many are even available 24/7. If you are new to the campus, please contact the library for a tour of the facility and a general orientation to library services.
 
 
Library Catalog
You can search for books and DVDs via the library catalog. All circulating books and reference materials are located upstairs. DVDs are located on the lower level and a librarian will assist you in retrieving the DVD(s).
 
 
Borrowing Privileges and Circulation Services
Your faculty ID card is your Library Card. If you wish to borrow materials and are not in our system, ask for assistance and we will add you to the system.
 
 
Loan Periods
  • Books - 4 weeks (no check-out limit)
  • Audiovisual Materials (videos, DVDs, etc) - 4 weeks (check-out limit: 5)
  • Reference Materials  (loan period and check-out limit determined by Library Director)
The library's online circulation system automatically generates overdue notices to remind patrons of material that has not been returned by the due date. Subsequent reminder notices are sent to faculty and staff urging them to return long overdue material. Most of these notices are sent via e-mail.
 
 
Returns + Fines
Please return all checked-out materials to the Circulation Desk. Faculty and staff do not acquire overdue fines. However, if you lose or damage a book, you must pay the replacement cost and $10 processing fee.
 
 
Interlibrary Loan
If the Robbins Library does not own what you need, we can usually get it for you through our Interlibrary Loan Service, which is also available on the web site. Please check the Library Catalog to make sure the library does not own the item before making a request. Most items will arrive within two weeks. Items must be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified by e-mail or phone when the item arrives.
 
If the library does not have the resources you need, you can also suggest a book for purchase by using the electronic order form. Faculty are encouraged to suggest materials to build the collection. Selection criteria include efficiently and economically selecting print and non-print materials, developing collections that are appropriate to support the curriculum, and being responsive to student and faculty needs.
 
 
Collection Development Policy Statement
Contact a librarian for assistance in finding resources for your course. We are glad to help!
 
 
Electronic Resources
Several databases are available through the Library's web page. Examples of databases available for research are Opposing Viewpoints, Films on Demand and NCLive.
 
NCLive is a collection of databases which offers access to thousands of eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, media, and other online materials which are available 24/7 through the Library's web page from any Internet connection. NCLive is a fantastic resource for faculty and students. When off-campus, all databases can be accessed remotely with a password. Passwords can be found on the college portal.
 
 
Course Guides
Several course guides may be accessed through the Library's web page. Upon request, librarians work with faculty to develop custom course pages for classes with research assignments. Librarians will build these guides as a permanent jumping-off point for research within your class. If you believe your students could benefit from a research guide, just contact a librarian. We will gladly assist with the creation of a guide tailored to your needs. The faculty member would need to collaborate with the librarian in relation to the content.
 
 
Other Instruction Services
  • Orientation and tours
  • Assistance to professors designing research assignments
  • Faculty and staff development workshops
 
Library Instruction
Library instruction at the Cecil W. Robbins Library is designed to teach information literacy and library skills that prepare students to be effective information users. Librarians provide in-depth bibliographic instruction for English classes that include research assignments. These instruction sessions include using the online catalog/electronic databases, advanced search strategies, Internet, evaluation and documentation.
 
Bibliographic instruction tailored to fit the specific research and curricular needs of the students, faculty and staff is available upon request. We encourage instructors to request library instruction sessions for their students, and to make use of library staff, facilities, and resources to support their classes and assignments.
 
 
In-Class Library Sessions
Librarians are happy to provide in-class library sessions that address specific information needs within your course, especially if you have a project that requires specific research. Library instruction sessions are taught in the computer lab. Please give the library at least two weeks notice, if possible. Instruction sessions for faculty are high-priority and require some preparation for your specific classroom needs.
 
Please can call Ilishe Mikos at (919) 497-3349 to set up an instruction session for your class. A librarian will then contact you to finalize arrangements and discuss particular class needs. If you come to the library to request an instruction session, please use the calendar located at the circulation desk.
 

Course Reserves
Course reserve services are available to assist faculty in providing additional reading material, practice exams, and extra-credit exercises. Reserves are housed behind the circulation desk and are available to students upon request. Librarians follow the instructions of the faculty member, who should indicate whether materials may be checked out of the library. When faculty designate that reserve materials may be checked out, items are checked out thirty minutes prior to closing time and are due at 9:00 AM the following day. Any reserve items that are checked out on Friday are due when the library opens at 5:00 PM on Sunday.
 
 
Reserve Materials Request
Items may be placed on reserve by emailing requests to Candace Jones at cjones@louisburg.edu. Please indicate your name, course number and title, title of article, page numbers, and length of time item is to remain on reserve.
 
 
Facilities and Resources
The Robbins Library and Learning Commons has more than 36,000 print volumes and provides numerous periodicals. DVDs are available for checkout. Electronic resources and databases can be accessed through links found on the Library's web pages. A collection of books about North Carolina is located on the upper level.
 
Study carrels, tables and comfortable seating are available on the first and second floors of the library. The Learning Commons area on the main floor offers computers and space for collaborative work. The Library Cafe, located on the main floor offers coffee, drinks, and snacks. The College Archives is located in the lower level of the library.
 
A computer lab, located on the main floor may be reserved for research instruction. When not reserved, students are given access to this space for individual use. Faculty may reserve this lab and request an instructional session from a librarian. You may simply want to bring your class in to have occasional access to 18 computers. Ask the Librarians for assistance in signing up for the lab. You may call the library at (919) 497-3237 or (919) 497-3269 to request the use of the lab. There is also a photocopy machine available for faculty use. You may use your departmental code to make copies or to scan materials.
 
 
Computers in the Library
The Robbins library has 30 desktop computers for use by our students and faculty in the library. The computers are loaded with Microsoft Office Suite: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint. The entire library is a wireless zone.
Never hesitate to ask for assistance while in the Library. We are here to help you. If you cannot get to the library, please call the front desk at (919) 497-3269 during regular library hours.
 
 
Assistive Technology
One computer is loaded with Kurzweil, text-to-speech software that assists students with reading by projecting text onto a computer screen and reading the text aloud. Students are able to manipulate the text size and speed at which it is read, to highlight specific portions of the text and save those changes, and to utilize dictionary and thesaurus capabilities while reading. Students with dyslexia and other difficulties related to language-based learning disabilities are especially encouraged to utilize this software.