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A. Academic Resources and Services

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Support Services and Miscellany

V. A. 1. Library

Seymour Library and its science/math and music branch libraries contain collections of some 310,000 books and periodical volumes, online and print periodical subscriptions, and extensive holdings in microform, rare books, maps, and prints. The College Archives contain material relating to the history of the College and other manuscript and archival material of interest to students and researchers. Most book and periodical holdings in science, math, and psychology are housed in the Science-Math Center library.

The library's home page is an essential connection to the library's collections and services: http://library.knox.edu/. The home page includes links to:

  • the library's online catalog of its print and non-print collections;
  • digital full-text periodical and newspaper collections and indexes licensed by the library and accessible via the Internet;
  • standard reference resources accessible via the Internet (such as the OED and the Encyclopedia Britannica) arranged by subject;
  • academic web sites;
  • a search interface for online journals accessible at Knox;
  • brief descriptions of the library's many special collections of rare books and other materials;
  • online forms for submitting interlibrary loan requests;
  • instructions and forms for putting course materials on reserve in the libraries.

To facilitate the development of the key competencies to be achieved and demonstrated by Knox students, Knox's librarians and faculty collaborate on instruction designed to further students' abilities to locate, evaluate, and apply the content of print, non-print, and digital resources both to academic study and to their professional, public, and personal lives. Each department or program has a designated librarian who will work with its members individually or collectively to achieve unique departmental information literacy goals.

Other course-oriented and research services include:

  • orientation and instruction sessions on use of the library as related to particular courses;
  • interlibrary loan of books, periodical articles, microforms, and non-print materials through the ILLIAD software on the library's home page;
  • circulation of course-specific reserve books, articles, and non-print materials;
  • assistance with reference, research, and other bibliographic needs, including use of fee-based online indexes and other Internet-based services.

Faculty may borrow books for six months but are expected to return books promptly if recalled for use by another member of the community. All books must be returned or renewed at the end of each calendar year and each academic year. Faculty are not exempt from fines for interlibrary loans or charges for items borrowed from the library that have been lost.

Requests from the faculty for book purchases appropriate for undergraduate use are strongly encouraged by the Director of the Library, who is ultimately responsible for the overall collection. Each academic department is allocated a portion of the library's annual acquisitions budget; orders are sent to the Library through the department's library representative. To assist in the selection of books, the librarians distribute reviews appearing in Choice. Faculty with special needs for new courses should consult with the Director as part of the process for proposing new courses.

V. A. 2. Information Technology Services

Computing facilities are available for use at no charge to faculty and students. The Director of Information Technology Services and staff will assist faculty with use of the computers for classroom needs and with research use. An extensive library of programs is maintained. Information Technology Sevices will conduct training sessions on software for a class upon request, either during or outside of class hours, and will assist faculty in developing computer-based tools for their classes. The staff will also assist faculty by ordering and installing software required for courses; software required during the school year should be specified by early summer to insure it is installed in time.

V. A. 3. Audio Visual Services

Audio Visual Services is a department of the Library. Overhead projectors, projection screens, and some additional equipment are available in all academic buildings. Classrooms with data projectors, VCR/DVD equipment, and PCs or Macintoshes are identified in an online classroom inventory at http://departments.knox.edu/av/. Use of AV equipment other than that permanently housed in a classroom should be scheduled through the AV Services office (x7541).

A-V Services also arranges film rentals for academic courses. The library's non-print collections of compact discs, DVDs, and other formats can be identified through the library's online catalog. The AV staff can assist faculty in the preparation of some audio-visual materials for instructional use. For further information call the A-V services manager.

V. A. 4. Center for Teaching and Learning

The primary purpose of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide short-term individual help with specific study problems when such help is needed and desired by the student. Assistance, especially with problems in writing college-level work, but also with reading ability, mathematical thinking, study skills and note taking, is not confined to a remedial level. Faculty who believe a student would benefit from help should refer the student to the Center. Students may also come in without referral. The Center also provides remedial services including two half-credit courses in basic English and one half-credit course in mathematics and some individual tutoring. Before arranging for a tutor or working with a student on an assignment for a current course, the staff member obtains the approval of the instructor of the course. The Center also works with students with sufficiently documented learning disabilities. Faculty who believe a student might have a learning disability should contact the Director.

V. A. 5. Faculty Development Program

The mission of the Knox Faculty Development Program is to assist and support faculty in their professional development--to help faculty shape and realize goals in the areas of teaching, research/creative work, and other professional activities. A variety of programs and workshops are scheduled throughout the year, and individual teaching consultations are also available.