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Library Resources for Faculty

The following links have been selected to provide faculty with information about the many and varied resources available from the Smith Library. A library liaison is available to all faculty for collaboration and assistance in using these resources and planning effective library research projects.

Below are links for our new faculty orientation in PDF format and a list of library liaisons arranged by department. Faculty are welcome and encouraged to contact their liaisons with any questions or suggestions about the library. Please browse the library Web pages for additional information.

New Faculty Orientation (PDF document)

Library Liaison and Collection Builder List by Department

To request materials or purchase library resources, contact your collection builder.

To plan library class instruction or library research assignments, contact your library liaison.

To request library instruction, see the entry below under “Library Instruction Classes”

Library Information for Faculty

  • Borrowing: Faculty may borrow up to 50 library items at any one time for up to 120 days and may renew an item twice. (Videos can be borrowed for 3 weeks with no renewals and books in the "Leisure Reading" collection can be borrowed for a total of 28 days with 2 renewals) Faculty members may also designate another person to check out materials on their behalf (see "proxy borrower policy" below). Borrowing privileges only apply to ECSU and not the CSU system. Each library has its own borrowing policies.
  • To access databases when off-campus, to request items in our library catalog and to access course reserves online you will need to authenticate by typing in your ECSU Username and Password. The same one you use to log on to ECSU computers. (LastName,First Initial and your password). If you are having trouble with your ECSU Username and Password, please contact the IT Help Desk at 860-465-4346.
  • Course Reserves: Link to Placing Course Materials on Reserve
  • Interlibrary Loan: Link to Interlibrary Loan, About Interlibrary Loan
  • Photocopying in the Library Policy
  • Proxy Borrower Policy          
  • Your Library Record
  • Library Staff List
  • Library Grant Program Request: Building a library collection is a complex, collaborative process. The Library Grant Program is one way that the library solicits new ideas and special requests from teaching faculty. Small “grants” from the Smith Library’s materials budget are awarded in response to proposals from faculty wishing to add books and non-print media resources to the library in support of new courses, new programs or interdisciplinary areas being added to the curriculum, or to build or rejuvenate collections that support our core curriculum. These grants supplement the regular allocations that the library makes available to departments via the Library Liaison/Collection Builder program. New faculty are especially encouraged to participate. To apply for a library grant, please fill out the “J. Eugene Smith Library Grant Request Form” and attach a list of requested materials. Please consult with your department’s Library Liaison if you have any questions.

Faculty Resources

Library Instruction

Plagiarism, Citation, Evaluation of Sources

Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors (CCALD)

CCALD is a statewide consortium working to improve services and access to resources through cooperation. Connecticut academic libraries participating in the CCALD/CLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program agree to extend borrowing privileges to faculty and staff of other participating institutions. This program is especially useful for faculty and staff who wish to travel to participating libraries, rather than use interlibrary loan to obtain materials.


ECSU faculty and staff members can complete the CCALD borrowing agreement form at the Smith Library Circulation Desk. Smith Library (or Greg Robinson, Head of Public Services) will issue a CCALD Reciprocal Library Borrowing Card, valid for one semester, and provide a chart that includes lending policies, fine rates, and billing information for participating Connecticut academic libraries. Faculty and staff members may take this card to participating CCALD libraries to borrow materials directly.


CCALD cards can be re-issued each semester by Smith Library to ECSU faculty and staff who do not have outstanding debts at Smith Library or other CCALD participating libraries. ECSU faculty and staff using the CCALD card must follow all the policies of the lending library, including loan periods and fine/billing procedures. Participating CCALD libraries may refuse borrowing privileges to any faculty or staff member who does not follow their policies.

CCALD does not include UConn Libraries - For Access to Library Resources at the University of Connecticut



Online Classes

Please make use of this special page of library information directed to students taking classes online. It answers many questions the students will have about library resources, services, and research at Smith Library. For ease of access, this page would be helpful to place within your Blackboard Learn 9 courseware. Due to distance, many students taking classes online often do not visit the library and rely on knowing how to access their library needs online.

You can also add a link to the library research guides in your courseware. These subject-specific guides will help students locate books, articles and reliable websites within a specific field of study.




CIT has developed a training and support site for Blackboard Learn 9.

Whether you are looking for specific answers or just prefer to train independently, the site includes training videos, documentation, and FAQs, as well as student training videos you can point your students to when the time comes. The link below goes to our Blackboard Learn Portal where you can see the latest announcements we have regarding the service. Support and Training can be accessed from the left menu. Scroll down to see a list of Faculty Training Categories or search the articles and FAQs. http://www.easternct.edu/its/onlinecourses/




Comments/Ideas for this page: Please Contact Carol Reichardt

Spring 2013, CR