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Policies & Procedures Manual

Amended Policies During COVID-19 Precautions

Amended Policies During COVID-19 Precautions 

Per President Keith Brown's directive of April 30, 2020, all libraries will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Circulation Services

  • The Learning Resource Centers have suspended circulation of all print materials due to safety concerns for both library staff and library users.
  • All stacks [shelving units holding print items] will remain off limits to library staff and library users until further notice.  These areas have been marked with yellow caution tape and all boundaries must be strictly observed.

Reference & Instruction

  • Librarians remain available for reference services via various interactive platforms available from the library website including interactive forms to make requests and live chat with extended and weekend hours.
  • Instructional services are available to all faculty via Blackboard Collaborate sessions, instructional videos on the use of library resources, and interactive, online tutorials on library resources.

Information Services

  • Professional librarians are available during all open hours to provide research and reference assistance.
  • Virtual reference services are available from the library’s website and these services are conducted by professional librarians.
  • Reference materials do not circulate and generally include multi-volume works of a specific nature [i.e. literature, technology, medicine, psychology, etc]. All reference materials can be located using the online catalog.
  • An instructor may check out a reference book for use with a class or to make copies for instructional purposes. Such material must be returned to the library as soon as possible.
  • Library users who are caught mutilating or removing reference books will be subject to the college’s discipline policies listed in the Jefferson State Community College Catalog & Student Handbook.
  • Instructional services to all members of the JSCC campus community are available upon request.
  • Library instruction for class groups is done in conjunction with class assignments and at the request of the faculty member making the assignment. Therefore, resources included or presented to the class vary not only to reflect the different curriculum content of the student’s course, but the specific assignment.
  • The typical instruction session takes place in a multi-media classroom equipped with a projector and a computer with a network connection. A demonstration of the various methods of accessing the library’s information management platform is provided for both on campus and off-campus access. An overview of the library's resources including the online catalog and electronic research databases is provided followed by detailed instruction on the course or program related resources. Following the demonstrations, an activity session is conducted whereby students actively utilize the library and related resources.
  • In addition to instruction with classes, some of the most successful instruction is done on an individual basis when the student has an immediate need for information. These are conducted both in person and virtually. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this service.
  • The library’s website also contains self-guided online tutorials and instructional material which may be accessed 24 hours a day. These tutorials are comprehensive and provide in-depth instruction on the use of the library website, library discovery tool, and all library resources.

If you would like to request a library orientation, instruction, or research workshop for your class, please complete the online form for your campus.

If you would like to request the development of a guide for a specific course, program, assignment, or poject, please use the link to complete the online form below:

Copying

  • Copiers are available for making copies to be used for “private study, scholarship, or research.” The library will not assist users in violating the copyright law.
  • Copiers are serviced and maintained by vendors contracted by JSCC. Refunds of money lost in the machines must be collected from the cashier. The library does not provide change for copying machines or other needs.

Printing

  • The networked computers available at each campus library use a system called PaperCut to provide printing services.  For printer access, students must provide their MyJSCC login credentials. 
  • Students are expected to adhere to the institutional Technology Use Policies from the Student Handbook.
  • Desktop computers are provided in the campus libraries for research and course related purposes.
  • Since the library computers are dedicated to serious research and course related purposes, users who are not currently enrolled students must be at least eighteen years of age; all non-students who are under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent. Any non-student using the computers will be asked to relinquish the computer in the event currently enrolled students require use of a computer.
  • Users who violate these policies may be barred from using the library for the semester in which the infraction occurs.