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Faculty /Staff Handbook


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 Table of Contents
Resources Borrowing Materials Loan Periods Fines Catalog LC Classification
Periodicals Computer Resources NCLIVE ILL Library Instruction Faculty Reserves
Copyright Handicapped Services Recommending New Materials Graham County Media Reproduction AV Equipment


PURPOSE  The purpose of the Library/Media Center is to support the College in achieving its goal of providing education. To accomplish this, book and audiovisual materials and equipment are acquired and circulated to faculty and students to enrich and supplement course work.  Supplemental materials of general interest are provided so that opportunities for education can extend beyond the horizons of a particular course of study.


HOURS               Monday through Thursday         8:00 AM  to 9:00 PM

                           Friday                                         8:00 AM   to 3:00 PM

                           Saturday, Sunday, Holidays, Semester Breaks CLOSED                                                            


Library Computer Resource Center closes 15 minutes before the Library.


The Library/Media Center will observe the same holidays as the College. During breaks services are limited to faculty and staff only.


 RESOURCES  Tri-County Library/Media Center is more than just a collection of books.  It contains items such as e-books, online periodicals, DVDs, videocassettes, audiocassettes, magazines, newspapers, audiovisual equipment and, of course, books. The entire collection includes about 18,000 book volumes, over 5,000 audiovisual items, 180 print magazine subscriptions, over 9,000 electronic full-text titles and 25,000 electronic books.  These materials will provide the library user with many items ,both interesting and helpful .



COMPUTER RESOURCES  The Library/Media Center computers provide access to various electronic information resources, including the Internet and NCLIVE.   Computers are restricted to use for educational purposes. 


The Library staff is prepared to instruct students in the use of electronic information sources and research.


Students at Computer 

The computer center is always busy and stations are not always available.  Please schedule ahead before sending groups of students for research.


Students are provided access to Microsoft Office programs and Blackboard, however only minimal assistance can offered in the use of these programs. Students needing extensive assistance are referred back to his/her instructor or to a staffed computer lab, when available. 

LIBRARY WEB SITE The website has been developed to provide easy 24-hour access to the library's electronic resources, tutorials and information for distance education and other students, as well as faculty and staff working from home or office computers.

ONLINE CATALOG The online public access catalog system, iLink, is accessible to any computer with Internet access, including your office of home computer, at the library web site.  A complete listing of books, AV materials and equipment owned by the library is searchable by keyword, author, title or subject.  You may access your library account by typing in your library card number and PIN number (last 4 digits of your Social Security number).


n       CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM  Materials in the collection are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system


NC LIVE is a state funded resource consisting of commercial databases and electronic full-text materials available via the Internet.  A password allows access from home and office computers.


PRINT PERIODICALS AND NEWSPAPERS Due to the wide range of electronic magazines available on NCLIVE, only a small selection of current issues of magazines and newspapers is maintained in the Library.  Current issues cannot be checked out, but may be borrowed by instructors for class presentations or to make photocopies. Check with the library staff if you need to borrow them for this reason.


INTERLIBRARY LOAN  Books or periodical articles that are not owned by the TCCC Library may be obtained from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service.  ILL materials may be borrowed for 3 weeks, with NO renewals.  There is no charge for this service, but sufficient time should be allowed for the materials to arrive.


Library Instruction Faculty members are encouraged to schedule instructional sessions to introduce classes to the library, its resources, and services and to familiarize students with research methods.  Instruction can be focused to cover specific topics of a particular course.  Some regular classes include:

Ø       ACA 111 Introduction to the Library, Internet and NCLIVE (2 hours)

Ø       ENG 110/111 Introduction to Research

Ø       Instruction in specific areas of NCLIVE as determined by the instructor

Please call extension 4217 or e-mail at least one week in advance to reserve space and staff time.

CHECKING OUT LIBRARY MATERIALS Faculty and staff are encouraged to borrow materials from the library to support teaching needs during the semester.  A number of book or media materials of personal interest are also available.  Faculty and staff may check out all materials with the exception of Reference titles.

FACULTY/STAFF LOAN PERIODS Materials are due on the last day of each semester and are renewable if no other faculty member has placed a HOLD on the material.

FINES  Although NO overdue fines are charged, faculty are requested to return or renew Library materials by their due date.  Faculty may be charged a replacement fee for damaged or lost books.


GRAHAM COUNTY CENTER  Library services are provided to the students and faculty of the Graham County Center through an agreement with the Graham County Public Library. Services include access to the library website and online catalog.   Graham Library staff will assist faculty and students to locate materials in the online catalog. 


Graham faculty and students may request items located in the TCCC catalog to be transported from the main campus library to Robbinsville within 1 to 3 days.  If you are unable to locate needed resources, please contact the main library or library staff at Graham County Public Library to assist you in borrowing books or periodical articles.


 FACULTY RESERVES Faculty may request that the Library place library-owned or personal materials on Reserve at the Circulation Desk at the main library or at the Graham Public Library.  These items may have special restrictions on their circulation as determined by the faculty and library staff.  Typical restrictions include "Library Use Only", "2-day checkout" and "Overnight". Materials will be available on reserve for one semester and will be removed at the end of the semester, unless otherwise specified.


Photocopies of excerpts from copyrighted works can be placed on reserve in accordance with the “Fair Use” Copyright guidelines.

§         Please provide complete citations on all photocopied items. Specify author/editor, title, publisher, edition, version, date, as appropriate

If you are placing a personal item on Reserve, please indicate whether it can be borrowed!!

RECOMMENDING NEW MATERIALS FOR THE LIBRARY  All faculty/staff members are invited to make recommendations for books and other materials to assist students in conducting research, completing assignments or to otherwise enhance their education.  These are items that students and or other faculty/staff members may check out.  Requests for items to be purchase for use in the classroom may be submitted to your department head.

When submitting a request to the library, please include as much information as you can, including whether or not you want to be notified when the book is ready to circulate or if an item is needed for Reserve. You may send brochures, catalogs, magazine or newspaper advertisements, prints from a database, etc.  Or, you may submit request forms via e-mail at


The library will order as many faculty-suggested titles as the budget will allow, within the parameters of the Library Collection Development Policy.  When requesting more than 5 items, please separate them into three categories: indispensable, useful or desirable.  It takes about 8 to 10 weeks for the library to receive ordered materials.


HANDICAPPED SERVICES Some areas of the Library/Media Center may not be accessible to individuals with certain handicaps. The library staff will make every effort to assist them in making sure all materials are fully available.




Overhead projector


CD player

Slide projector

VCR/DVD player/recorders

Audiocassette player

Portable projection screens

Video/data projectors

Lap top computers


Projectors and DVD/VCRs are available in each campus classroom. Other equipment such as audio cassette players can be checked out at the Library/Media Center.  Library staff will be glad to demonstrate the correct operation and set up of audiovisual equipment.  


Due to the limited number of library staff, faculty will be responsible for the operation of the equipment during their classes.  If any piece of equipment malfunctions, please report it to the Library staff!  

MEDIA REPRODUCTION SERVICES Duplication machines are available for the copying of non-copyrighted audiotapes, DVDs and videotapes as needed for educational use.  Faculty and students may use this equipment in the library.



Visit or call the library to meet with staff.  We will be pleased to provide orientation and demonstration of all library resources.



This web page was prepared for you by Tri-County Community College Library Staff.  Last updated on July 31, 2006