• Library Services for Faculty

  • The Barber Library offers resources, research help, and information literacy instruction support to all faculty, staff, and students at all of COCC's campuses - Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. If you have questions about Library services and resources, please contact us and ask!

    Borrowing Library Materials

    Besides access to local collections (print and online!) and the OSU Libraries collections, the Barber Library connects you to over 20 million academic resources around the Pacific Northwest via our Summit borrowing system. If you need something that isn't in that 20 million, you can request it via InterLibrary Loan (ILL), a nationwide borrowing network. You can pick up requested items at the Barber Library in Bend, Redmond Building 3, the Prineville front office, or the Madras front office. Requesting and delivery is free of charge. You can check out and request many types of materials, from books, films, and music to journal articles. We're here to get you what you need.

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    Collection Development

    The Library works in close collaboration with faculty to purchase materials that support COCC's curriculum. Faculty are encouraged to make suggestions at any time for book, audiovisual, journals, or online resources to be added to the Library's collection. Each department also receives an allocation specifically to support building collections for that department. Check with your department chair to learn about your department's allocation.

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    Course Reserves

    The Library offers print and online course reserves services so that you can make textbooks, films, and supplemental reading materials available to your students. You provide copies of the items, and we process them and make them available to students for limited check out times. It's a great way to give a large number of students access to your course materials. It especially helps students at the beginning of the term, when they might be waitlisted or waiting for financial aid to buy their books.

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    We occasionally get asked about free, online textbooks. There is a movement in higher ed working to build Open Educational Resources (OER), including textbooks. You can learn more about OER textbooks and learning objects on the Open Educational Resources topic page at COCC's Teaching Commons.

    Information Literacy Instruction

    The Barber Library has an active instructional program and works with faculty to support information literacy instruction in their classrooms. The Library offers three credit classes for students: Lib 100, Lib 127, and Lib 227. Encourage your students to take these classes!

    In addition, librarians are available to faculty for one-on-one training, as well as information literacy assignment collaboration and consultation. Faculty can also request a librarian visit to their class for focused instruction on using Library resources for a specific assignment. We offer this at all COCC campuses - Bend, Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. Simply click on the "Scheduling an In-class Instruction Session" link below to initiate this process.

    If you are planning to bring your class to the Library or send them to the Library to complete a scavenger hunt or other Library-specific assignment, please let us know by filling out the form at the "Schedule a Library Tour" link below.

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    Research Help

    The Barber Library includes a reference desk staffed by experts to help you and your students with all of your research and information needs. In-person help is available whenever the library is open, including until 10 pm on weeknights and on the weekends. Our reference librarians also answer questions on the phone, by email, or by chat. Chat help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week due to a cooperative arrangement with other libraries. No appointment is needed, and there's no question too large or too small for us to tackle.

    We also offer some video tutorials, step-by-step instructions, and class-specific research guides to help you and your students learn how to research more efficiently and effectively.

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    Using Library Resources in the Classroom

    The Library provides a wide array of online resources that you can incorporate into your classroom - whether it's "live" or on Blackboard. We also provide "Resources by Subject" pages that can help you introduce select Library resources to your students. You may also consider providing a prominent link to the Library in your Blackboard courses to encourage students to use our high-quality resources in their assignments. We also offer a blurb that you can include on your syllabus to direct students to the Library.

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