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Library Information for Faculty: Home

This guide is intended to provide basic information about services available to faculty.

Reserve Material

Reserves” are materials set aside by your teachers for the entire class.  These items are available for check out at the Circulation Desk during normal working hours.  

There are three (3) ways to access your instructor's reserve material: by instructor's name, department, and course number. After locating the appropriate materials visit the Circulation Desk to check out the material.

Material  includes books, audio and video cassette tapes, DVDs, compact discs, CD-ROMs, and photocopies of periodical articles or chapters of books. All items on reserve are kept at the Circulation Desk in Waterfield Library and may circulate for limited loan periods during normal working hours. 

Classroom Request & Reservation Form


The classroom contains approximately 21 laptop computers, 21 chair-desk modules, an instructor workstation with a dual monitor computer, and projection for presentations.  Single chairs are available to provide some additional seating. Please DO NOT REMOVE LAPTOPS FROM THE BACK OF THE STORAGE CABINET.

Missing Laptops must be replaced. You or your group are responsible for this cost, if it is determined that equipment went missing during your use of the room.

Course Instruction

Course Instruction

Instruction in the use of library materials and information literacy is within the core mission of the University Libraries. The Research & Instruction Librarians hope to make the incorporation of instruction in these areas seamless into your course plans.

Consider consulting your subject librarian for the following:

1. Development of assignments that will require use of library resources

2. Development of assignments with the purpose of exposing students to different types of information resources that may be available on a given topic. 

Consider including an instruction session from a subject librarian within your course on the following topics:


  • Introduction to collegiate research
    • Freshmen or introductory courses
    • General library and web-based resources
    • Basic research skills
    • Plagiarism concerns
    • Thinking critically about resources
  • Subject-Specific Instruction
    • Majors or graduate students in a particular discipline
    • Tailored to fit specific course needs
    • Both library and web-based resources
    • More sophisticated search strategies and resources
  • Assignment-Based Instruction
    • Any student, any course
    • Focuses on research tools appropriate for a specific assignment
    • Both library and web-based resources


  • In-person -- in your classroom or at the library
  • Via Collaborate or I-TV
  • In-person or electronically at your extended campus classroom


  • For instruction using Special Collections, call (270) 809-6152
  • For instruction in law resources, call the James O. Overby Law Library at (270) 809-6758.

Contact your Subject Librarian directly for ideas on how to incorporate a librarian’s virtual presence throughout the research process.

Keeping up with changes in information retrieval can be daunting, even in your own discipline.  Contact your Subject Librarian directly for personal help with library resources in your area, or for faculty group sessions in your department.


All sessions need to be scheduled at least two business days in advance.  No sessions will be scheduled with less than a two-day notice.  
Instructors must be present during requested sessions.  We cannot conduct your course in your absence. 

Librarians will provide instructors with an evaluation form at the session time.  If you prefer, an online evaluation form may be used.

Research & Instruction Librarians

Dana Thompson

Bauernfeind College of Business

Room 213A Waterfield Library


Megan Wilson

Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology

Hutson School of Agriculture

Room 212A Waterfield Library


Katherine Farmer

College of Education & Human Services

Room 219C Waterfield Library

Room 311 Alexander Hall


Jeff Henry

Departments of Art & Design, Music, and

Global Languages & Theatre Arts

College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Room 219A Waterfield Library



Departments of History, Political Science & Sociology,

and Psychology

College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Candace Vance

School of Nursing & Health Professions; 

Department of Community Leadership & Human Services;

Communication Disorders; and Department of English & Philosophy

Room 213A Waterfield Library