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The Reference Department is located on the second floor, with an information desk nearby. The Reference Department is supervised by a professional librarian and assisted by support staff members during operating hours.
Reference service comprises both Reference Collection and help answering reference questions.
The Reference Collection consists of a wealth of information including encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals, indexes, and other materials which are frequently used to look up information. Books found in this collection are only used within the library.
Reference service includes help answering reference questions or helping students find the information they are looking for. At any time during the library's operating hours, a professional librarian or qualified staff member is on hand to assist students with their information needs. The librarians and staff can aid students in finding specific research materials within the library or in finding electronic research materials through the library's subscriptions to the electronic databases: EBSCOhost, Gale, NewsBank, World News Digest, and the Tennessee Electronic Library.
The Reference Collection also houses computer terminals which connect to Bloomberg financial market online services. Bloomberg financial market online services feature powerful and timely business corporate and financial statistics downloadable to spreadsheets and thousands of up-to-the-minute charts.
Utilizing the LibraryWorld.com Automated System, library holdings information can easily be accessed by Basic Searching (author, title, subject) and advance searching.
Special collections include the Negro Heritage Collection, The Teacher Education Curriculum Laboratory, Graduate School Catalogs, the Lane College Archival Collection, The Dr. Anna Lee Cooke Collection, and the Donald L. Hollowell Collection. Also featured in the LLRC is the Haitian Art Collection. Materials from these collections circulate on a limited basis.
The Media Center provides equipment and non-print materials that are selected to supplement the curriculum of the College such as: laptop computers, computerized projectors, televisions, VCRs, DVDs, overhead projectors, video and audio cassettes, slides, compact discs, and transparencies.
DVDís and video cassettes can be searched through the online catalog, which includes all library holdings, or the dedicated videotape search on the libraryís website.
Faculty and Staff may check out media equipment for academic use, and students may utilize the equipment in the library. Media reservations should be made at the circulation desk, and faculty may also make reservations online through Online Media Reservation on the libraryís website. Reservations should be 24 hours ahead of time to ensure availability. All hardware is made available to faculty, staff and students on a first-come first-served basis.
A coin-operated copying machine is available for service during library operating hours. Copies are $0.10 per page. Computer copies are also available from the Network printer located at the circulation desk. Computer copies are $0.05 per page.Seminar/viewing rooms can be scheduled for small groups or class meetings. Audio-Visual equipment and rooms must be requested in advance of the date.
Study carrels are available on the second floor for individual use.
The library staff encourages library instruction and orientation. The purpose of this instruction is to demonstrate specific library resources and electronic resources available to support a class curriculum.
The orientations take about 45 minutes and are general walk-in tours with a focus on orienting new users to services and locations within the library.
Technical Services Department is responsible for processing all materials including both new materials which are purchased by the library and gift materials which are received through donations.
The Technical Services Department is responsible for processing books, periodicals and other materials, which includes classification, cataloging, authority control, and labeling.
LibraryWorld is the web based catalog system used by Lane College Library. All materials are cataloged using Dewey decimal classification system.
Technical Services Department is also responsible for minor book repair and facilitating the loan of reserve textbooks from Lane College Bookstore.
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