Information for Faculty & Staff
Research Guides, Information Literacy Instruction, Interlibrary Loans, and Course Reserves
The NECC Libraries offer research guides designed to help students find quality, relevant sources for a particular class or subject area. Librarians review, gather, and organize relevant research resources in a single place, so students have library resources at their fingertips. Because these guides are created by NECC librarians and relate directly to the curriculum, they are uniquely useful for our students. Guides can also be created for specific courses and general topic areas (for instance, we publish guides on topics such as using the NoodleTools citation helper).
The NECC Research Guides are indexed in Google and easily accessed from the library web page. If you are interested in having a guide created to complement your course or subject area, please get in touch with us. New guides are added regularly.
Information Literacy Instruction
The NECC Librarians provide information literacy instruction for NECC courses, and sessions may be scheduled anytime the library is open, including evenings. A Research & Instruction Librarian teaches classes, but we require that the instructor be present.
Information literacy instruction is highly recommended for any course with a research component and required for any course designated as “Information Literacy Intensive” to fulfill a NECC Core Academic Skills requirement. The library has created a guide for Information Literacy Intensive designated courses to help faculty incorporate this CAS into their curriculum.
Sessions are designed to fill an entire class period but can be adjusted to fit various schedules. We ask for at least one week of advance notice to schedule instruction to allow adequate preparation time. It is also helpful for the librarian to have a copy of the assignment and/or syllabus, as this will help us tailor the session to your students’ needs.
In addition to familiarizing students with the basics of using library resources, some topics we can cover include:
- The Architecture of Information – Understanding where different types of information in the discipline “live,” where we search for it, how it is produced, and how we understand data about data (catalog and database records, using subject terms for search, etc.)
- Source Evaluation – Understanding the difference between types of sources and evaluating them for purpose, use, audience, and relevance. Exploring the ideas of authority and credibility and why those might change based on the intended use of the information.
- Advanced Web – Understanding domain names, the open nature of the web, how search engines rank information, the impact of social media, and how to evaluate a web source for reliability, accuracy, and bias.
- Citation – Not just how to cite, but why we cite and how citation creates connections and context around the information.
- Ethics of Information – Understanding plagiarism, responsibly using and sharing information, “fake news,” copyright, digital rights, and open access.
- NoodleTools – NoodleTools is a bibliography generator (supporting APA, MLA, and Chicago styles) that helps students to cite their sources properly. Students will set up their NoodleTools accounts and learn how to add different types of sources to their bibliography.
To schedule a class in Haverhill library, call 978-556-3401 or email Laura Mondt at email@example.com. To schedule a class in Lawrence, call 978-738-7400 or email Jenny Fielding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Research Assignments
Incorporating library research into your course assignments can help your students better understand how information is published, organized, and disseminated in the library and on the Web. With expert knowledge of the availability and organization of print and electronic information, NECC Librarians can help design practical research assignments that avoid confusion and frustration among your students and help prevent plagiarism. Call Laura Mondt at the Bentley Library at (978) 556-3421 or email email@example.com, or Jenny Fielding at the Lawrence Campus Library at (978) 738-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Courses and Learning
With your help, librarians can make library resources and services more accessible to your online learners. Contact a librarian at Bentley Library at (978) 556-3401 or email@example.com.
It’s also easy to incorporate library resources into your Blackboard course with simple steps. To take advantage of this course enhancement, please get in touch with one of the librarians.
If your students are in need of assistance with using academic technology, please see the Academic Technology section below.
Suggesting Items for Our Collections
As experts in your academic discipline, you have a unique understanding of the resources that will enhance the learning experience. We are dedicated to making these resources available to you and your students and would appreciate your insight concerning our collections. Please let us know if you have a particular item that would be a valuable addition to the libraries.
Faculty may need to use materials that are not accessible or available in our collections. If information cannot be obtained from any of NECC’s sources, consult with a librarian or use the online request form.
The library will process up to 15 interlibrary loan requests per person each semester for NECC-related coursework. Some restrictions apply. Students and faculty requesting an interlibrary loan related to coursework at another institution will be referred to that institution’s interlibrary loan services.
Faculty may place reading materials on reserve at the Circulation Desk at either library for the semester. The items can be restricted to “library use only” or may be checked out by students for a period of time chosen by the faculty member. Current “Course Reserves” are listed on a separate web page so students can locate them quickly. For more information, please get in touch with Ardith LaRochelle on the Haverhill campus or Jenny Fielding on the Lawrence Campus.
Academic Technology Instruction
Academic Technology Specialists are available to meet with your class to help them use Blackboard, Office 365, and more. Contact Jacob Quiring in Haverhill or Rowan Blackwood in Lawrence. See our Online Learning Success page for additional information.