Faculty FAQ

Library Instruction Services

What types of Library Instruction does the Gordon Library offer?

Librarians are here to help with research projects and provide guidance on research best practices covering topics related to using the library most efficiently, locating quality sources, developing strong bibliographies and avoiding plagiarism.  Librarians gear instruction to meet faculty objectives for students and provide instruction opportunities both online and in person, in-class or outside of class time. 

How can I make sure make students understand how to find, evaluate, utilize and cite appropriate research for their topic?

Librarians can provide lectures, hands on research sessions, research consultations or workshops for your class, create customized guides for your class and integrate library resources in myWPI. This helps to ensure that your students are using resources properly and developing research skills.

I teach online or distance education, what can the library provide for my course?

Librarians partner with faculty to ensure that online students receive equivalent service to those students who are on campus. Utilizing Wimba, Skype and tutorial software, librarians can provide “in class” sessions or research consultations. Additionally, librarians can embed links and customized guides as well as correspond with students within your course in myWPI.

Library Reserves

How can I put materials on reserve?

You can make resources available to your students either electronically or physically. More information on reserves can be found on Course Reserves and myWPI eReadings. These reserves must adhere to copyright laws and cannot be course packets, consumable works, or materials belonging to another institution. Learn more about copyright.

How can I place electronic reserves for my class?

You can link electronic reserves through your course’s myWPI site. License agreements from many database vendors allow creation of links in your myWPI course sites directly to the full text of articles or electronic books. See the LibGuide on Creating Linked Readings for more information.

How can I put course texts on reserve? 

Learn about Course Reserves & myWPI eReadings. If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Julian, Access Services Coordinator.

How can I request materials such as books and DVDs or journals, databases, and streaming video subscriptions for the library's collection?

Each department has its own procedures for requesting resources for the library. Contact your department head to see how ordering is done in your department. You may also use the Suggest a Purchase form or contact Collections & Systems Management at colldev@wpi.edu to recommend one-time purchases or subscription resources.   Materials are purchased regularly but subscription requests are reviewed annually. Requests must include a justification of need and will be evaluated on the importance of the subject area for WPI and whether Gordon Library can support the subscription/license on a long term basis. See the Library’s Collection Development Policy for details.

Professional Research

What are my rights as an author?

Prior to publication, when you submit a publisher’s agreement for your own articles and books, consider adding an author’s addendum in order to retain rights to: use your own works for a course pack or use within myWPI store a copy on your professional page on the WPI web site or within an online repository distribute print and electronic copies to colleagues An author’s addendum will allow you transfer only some of your rights to the publisher. See the Scholarly Communication and Author rights page.

How can I find out about the most current research?

This LibGuide provides some best practices for Current Awareness & RSS feeds which explains current awareness, tables of contents alerts, book alerts, search alerts, citation alerts and RSS feeds.

How can I access Gordon Library subscriptions off campus?

The Library uses EZ Proxy, which will prompt you to enter your WPI credentials when you access library resources from off campus. WPI has a proxy server for those who prefer that method of access. Learn more about the proxy server.

Can I grant someone the privilege to borrow materials for me?

Yes, faculty may grant proxy borrowing privileges to any current member of the WPI community (graduate student, administrative assistant, etc.) to check out items on their behalf. Fill out the form and send it to Access Services.

Can I check out a journal for my research?

Faculty can check out bound journals only with a 1 week loan period. There are no renewals and faculty are responsible for full replacement costs for lost items.

How long can I check out Library materials?

Faculty can check out materials for six months with a single renewal for an additional six months. If you plan on putting items on hold for a course, please consult Course Reserves & myWPI eReadings.

How do I get access to materials that the Gordon Library does not have?

Faculty may borrow items through InterLibrary Loan or get quick access to articles through  by adding a “needed by” date with their ILLiad form and adding comments that the item is needed quickly. Calling the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery office during business hours is your best bet, if you need something right away. Faculty can also sign up for an ARC card to enable borrowing privileges at area libraries.

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