NECC Library Mission & Vision Statements
Mission & Vision
The NECC Libraries seek to provide an environment that meets the educational, cultural and life long learning needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the college. The Libraries support the college’s academic programs, provide for the research needs of the students as well as the professional development of the faculty, and promote information literacy among the college community.
Serve as an integral and essential component of the education process at the college by promoting and developing information competency to empower students to become critical and effective information users.
Develop and review collections of electronic and print sources in order to provide the college community with comprehensive, excellent, and current information resources.
Expand, adapt, and redesign the physical environments at both campuses to provide the college community with ambience and areas conducive to study and
research for both individuals and groups.
Commit to training staff with emerging technology so that they will possess the necessary skills to serve the college community.
Serve as a focal point for information on both campuses by providing users with access to a wide variety of resources and services both locally and remotely.
Please Review Library’s Policies Below
Copyright and Intellectual Property
Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy
The Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy provides guidance regarding the use and creation of intellectual property at Northern Essex Community College. It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students and anyone using the facilities or resources of Northern Essex Community College to read, understand and follow this policy. Any person with questions regarding the application or meaning of this policy should seek clarification from the Chief Academic Officer. Read the full policy.
If You Are an NECC Student Currently Enrolled in for‐Credit Classes, or NECC Faculty/Staff, You Have:
- Full borrowing privileges at NECC and all NOBLE partner libraries;
- Borrowing privileges at the University of Massachusetts, and all Massachusetts public universities and community colleges with your NECC photo ID;
- Interlibrary loan privileges for NOBLE and ComCat, the Massachusetts statewide catalog;
- Off‐campus access to NECC library databases (with your NECC library barcode);
- The ability to request and renew library items online.
If You Are an NECC Student Currently Enrolled in Non‐Credit Courses You Have:
- Borrowing privileges at NECC
- Interlibrary loan privileges for NOBLE
If you are not currently enrolled in any classes at NECC you may apply for a public patron card with limited borrowing privileges. We strongly recommend that public patrons visit their hometown public library card as this will in most cases provide more privileges than a public card through NECC.
- 3 weeks
- May be renewed twice, as long as there are no active requests for the item
- No limit on the number that can be taken out at a time
- 1 week
- No renewals
- Only 3 DVDs may be out on an account at any time
Audiobooks and Other Resources
- 3 weeks
Fees and Fines:
NECC does not charge daily fines for overdue books owned by NECC. However, items borrowed through the NOBLE network from other libraries may accrue daily fines based on the policies of the lending library.
Books that are long overdue will trigger a hold on the student’s Banner account, which will prevent the student from registering for classes, obtaining their grades, or requesting a transcript. Any items on a student’s account must be returned and all outstanding fines paid, or marked lost and paid for before any Banner hold can be removed.
Laptop Lending Program
The Following Policies Will Govern the Laptop Lending Program at NECC Libraries
- Laptops may be borrowed only by currently enrolled NECC students. Laptops are not available for students covered by any of the NECC partnership agreements.
- Laptops are available on a first come – first served basis. A student must present a valid NECC student ID in order to check out a laptop. No reservations for equipment will be accepted.
- At the time students check out a laptop, they will need to read and sign an Equipment Liability Agreement. The form will include the checkout parameters and overdue fee structure.
- A copy of the Equipment Liability Agreement will travel with the equipment each time it is checked out, showing the date and time it is due back, an itemization of the pieces of equipment loaned, liability for overdue fees and replacement costs. A sheet showing basic operation instructions and contact information if problems are encountered during the loan period will also be included.
- Laptops will only be checked out and checked in during operating hours of the library. At the time of check out, the Evergreen receipt showing the specific due date/time should be attached to a copy of the Equipment Liability Form, and given to the student.
- Laptops may be borrowed for up to 48 hours at a time. Equipment that is borrowed on a Thursday will be due back by 3:00pm on the subsequent Friday. Equipment borrowed on a Friday will be due back in 72 hours on the following Monday (or Tuesday if a holiday weekend).
- Borrowed equipment is not eligible for renewal, and cannot be checked out again by the same individual student for a minimum of 7 days from the date of return.
- Equipment that is not returned by the date and time due will accrue a fee of $1.00 per hour for the student to whom it has been loaned.
- As staffing levels permit, the library will attempt to contact the borrowing student in the event that a laptop is overdue to remind them of their obligation. Even if contact with the student is made, the $1.00 per hour overdue charge will still continue to accrue until such time as the laptop is physically returned to and checked in by the library.
- If a laptop is overdue by 24 hours, a Banner HOLD will be placed on the student account until
such time as the equipment has been returned and deemed to be in working order. When a laptop has been returned that is 24 hours or more overdue, the student to whom the equipment was checked out will forfeit equipment checkout privileges for the remainder of the current semester. An alert shall be placed on the student’s Evergreen record to that effect.
- Laptops must be returned to the same library (Haverhill or Lawrence) from which they were checked out. Laptops cannot be left with Public Safety or any other college staff besides appropriate library staff. Laptops and equipment may NOT be placed in library book drops. Any equipment that is left with Public Safety, in a book drop, or elsewhere will continue to accrue overdue charges until such time as actually checked in by library staff, and will result in the student to whom the equipment was checked out forfeiting his or her equipment checkout privileges. An alert shall be placed on the student’s Evergreen record to that effect.
- When equipment is returned to the library, the receiving staff member will visually inspect all
pieces to assure that everything is present, and also turn on the laptop to insure a proper boot
The purpose of this Collection Development Policy is to guide the Northern Essex Community College Libraries in collecting and maintaining materials for the Haverhill and Lawrence Campus Libraries. The first obligation of the libraries is provide for the needs of our students and faculty and to support the curriculum of the college. In addition to supporting the College’s formal academic programs, the libraries secondarily collect materials that support general interests of the college community.
The library collects materials in a variety of formats that are relevant to the educational programs of the college, balance the collection and represent a wide range of social, educational and intellectual viewpoints.
Responsibility for Selection
The selection of library materials is a joint responsibility of the faculty and library staff. The library encourages faculty, students and staff to make recommendation for materials to be added to the collection. Ultimate responsibility for the selection of library materials resides with the Director of Library Services.
The Library’s first priority is to provide materials to students in support of the curriculum. The aim of collection development is to support both undergraduate course work and the sustained knowledge of a subject. The Library serves faculty research by purchasing more advanced materials if funds are available, or by obtaining them through interlibrary loan. The library also serves as a repository of major college documents such as All-College Council Minutes, Board of Trustees minutes and accreditation reports.
Book and Media Selection
Faculty, staff and student involvement in collection development is encouraged. Selection is made on the basis of recommendations, reviews, current and retrospective bibliographies and lists of notable materials.
- Hardbound versus Paperbound Books: Hardcover editions of a book are generally purchased.
- Paperbound Editions: May be purchased if multiple copies are needed, if a hardcover is unavailable or if the paperbound appears to be a better value.
- Textbooks: Textbooks are purchased when they provide a good, general introduction to a topic.
The library does not purchase the specific edition of a textbook used in a College course: however, instructors or others may place copies on reserve.
- Out of Print Books: The Library seeks to replace out of print books that are relevant to the library collection if they can be obtained at a reasonable price and are in very good to excellent condition.
- Electronic Books: The Library maintains a growing collection of electronic volumes available for circulation through the library catalog.
- DVD Collection: Libraries at both campuses purchase documentary, educational and popular films in DVD format.
- Orders for new periodicals and continuations are generally placed on an annual basis to conform to the college budget cycle. The librarians perform an annual reassessment of all serials on standing order. The basis of this reassessment is the continuing value of these materials and their relevance to the collection.
- Periodicals: The periodical collection at both the Haverhill and Lawrence Campus Libraries contains a wide variety of titles representing the curriculum of the college. In addition, a group of more popular titles are acquired to provide for the general interest of the N.E.C.C. community. When selecting titles for purchase the library also considers availability in electronic format, availability elsewhere in the geographic area and the financial resources of the library.
- Microforms: The library maintains a back file collection of journals and newspapers on microfilm that is not currently being updated.
- Electronic Resources: Electronic resources are selected using the same criteria applied to acquisition of other formats. Content should be accessible from all on campus PC’s. Off campus access should also be a priority as budget permits.
The Library accepts donations of books and other library materials for addition to the collection with the understanding that they are subject to the same selection criteria as are purchased materials. The library Director, or his or her appointee, is free to dispose of unwanted materials if they are not suitable or needed by the library. Acknowledgement of the receipt of materials will be provided to the donor however, the library does not furnish appraisals.
Withdrawal of Materials
Materials are withdrawn from the library in order to maintain a current and useful collection that reflects the needs of the college community. Consultation with the teaching faculty and/or checking of subject bibliographies is undertaken prior to withdrawal.
Book and media titles are withdrawn according the following criteria:
- Works where information has been superceded or presented in newer, more comprehensive or more accurate formats.
- Titles of little curricular or general interest.
- Titles containing outdated or inaccurate information.
- Worn, mutilated or badly damaged materials.
- Number of copies in the collection
- Little or no record of circulation use.
- Availability of other formats (i.e. electronic)
Serial titles are withdrawn according the following criteria:
- Appropriateness of the materials to the collection
- Use of the material
- Availability of indexing
- Cost of the subscription
- Availability of other formats (i.e. electronic)
Acceptable Use Policy
The Bentley Library (Haverhill campus) and the Lawrence Campus Library maintain an “open door” policy and are accessible to the entire community. Students, faculty and staff engaged in research or other course related activity will be given first priority for computer access. All patrons are expected to use the resources of the libraries in a responsible manner.
- Cell Phones: Cell phone use in the libraries is not permitted. Please turn cell phone ringer
off or set to silent or vibrate upon entering the Library.
- Disruptive Behavior: Disruptive or inappropriate behavior, such as loud talking, swearing
or overt displays of affection, are inappropriate in a library setting.
- Animals: Pets are not allowed in the Library, with the exception of guide dogs
- Personal Possessions: The Library Staff are not responsible for your personal property. Please do not leave personal possessions, i.e., laptops, phones, unattended.
Library policies are in accordance with the NECC Computer and Network Usage Policy.
Limitation of Use
- If students are waiting to do research, non-students may be asked to vacate the station to allow the
students to conduct research.
- Computer use may be restricted to students, staff and faculty only during periods of high demand.
Students who do not comply with the Acceptable Use Policy may be referred to the Associate Dean of Student Life or campus and/or local police for potential disciplinary action. Other Library patrons may be referred to campus or local police.
Policy on Confidentiality of Records
In accordance with the recommendation of the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, registration and circulation records at the NECC Libraries are confidential.
Library registration includes information required of the patrons in order for them to borrow materials. Circulation records include any information that identifies the patron as borrowing particular materials.
Authorized library staff may use the above-mentioned records in order to perform routine duties. The library staff will not release any of the information contained in the registration or circulation records except by formal state or federal judicial order.
Last updated 3/10/2009
Library & Information Literacy Instruction
Library & Information Literacy Instruction
The NECC Librarians provide information literacy instruction for NECC courses, and sessions may be scheduled at any time the library is open, including evenings. Classes are taught by a Reference Librarian, but we require that the class instructor must also be present. Information literacy instruction is highly recommended for Comp 101 classes, but is also useful for courses which include any type of research component. Sessions are designed to fill one fifty-minute class period, but can be adjusted to fit various schedules. Learn more.
Interlibrary Loan Policy
Interlibrary loan is designed to complement the resources of this library and the resources of the member libraries of the NOBLE consortium. Its purpose is to aid in our primary clientele’s research and provide material not available through this library or the NOBLE consortium. Interlibrary loan is to be used only after a search of the resources of this library system and the catalogues of the NOBLE consortium members.
Who May Borrow
We will provide interlibrary loan services to our primary clientele only. Our primary clientele is defined as the students, faculty, and staff of NECC. We will refer other patrons to their primary (college, school, or public) library for interlibrary loan services. We do not provide interlibrary loan services to support coursework for courses taken at other institutions. Similarly, faculty, staff, or students working on advanced degrees are encouraged to utilize the resources of the degree granting institution. In addition, if an individual needs to use a large number of items located at another institution, arrangements to use them at that library should be made.
Patrons who abuse ILL by failing to return material or by keeping material long past the due date may be denied further requests. Patrons may be denied ILL services if they do not pick up
material previously borrowed for them. All library fines accessed by the lending library must be paid by the patron.
We do not honor hand- carried ILL forms from other institutions, nor will we provide a NECC patron with hand-carried forms.
What May be Borrowed
- Students, faculty, and staff will be limited to fifteen requests per semester.
- We will not submit requests for textbooks that are required for courses offered at NECC.
- We will not submit requests for material owned by NECC but checked out. Instead we will recall the item.
On occasion we may not be able to borrow material for free. All charges incurred for borrowing material are the responsibility of the patron. No charges for borrowing will be accessed without the patron’s authorization.
- To use interlibrary loan services, the patron must have a valid NECC library card.
- The patron must have thoroughly checked the holdings of the NECC library and the NOBLE consortium before submitting a request.
- All ILL requests must include full bibliographic information. The patron may fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form in person or submit the request to the librarian in charge of interlibrary
loan services via e-mail.
- The borrower must agree to pick up the material at the NECC library in a timely manner.
The borrower must agree to return the material by the due date.
The borrower must agree to pay any charges levied by the lending library.
The borrower must agree to any restrictions stipulated by the lending library.
Last updated: 3/14/2008
Telephone Use Policy
Phones at the Reference Desks and Circulation Desk are for the use of the library personnel only. At the Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus, a phone with local access is located on the wall across from the second floor elevator. Library staff members will not take messages for patrons except in the case of an emergency.
Cell phone use in the libraries should be kept to a minimum. If you must be on call, please choose a ringer tone and volume that is minimal and, therefore, less disturbing to library patrons. Conversations should be kept at a low level and/or continued outside the library area. The library staff reserves the right at any time to ask you to finish your call outside the library if your conversation is deemed to be disruptive to others.
Course reserves is an academic library’s special collection of materials placed on reserve by instructors, in order to make required course reading available to a large number of students and to ensure that students have equal access to required readings. All materials placed on course reserve are solely for the non-commercial, educational use of students at NECC.
Circulation of Course Reserves
Reserve materials, available at the library circulation desk, circulate for short periods: two hours, six hours, 24 hours, , or seven days. The loan period is determined by the instructor. To check out a reserve item, students need a current, valid NECC library card.
Course Reserves Items
Course reserves may include books, journal articles, U. S. government documents, syllabi, lecture notes, exam samples, paper samples, videotapes, audiotapes, CDs or other items not previously considered as part of the Libraries’ collection. Items may be from the NECC collection or from an instructor’s personal collection. Instructors may place on reserve up to five copies of an item.
Submitting and Removing Course Reserves
Instructors may submit course reserve material for the semester in which a course is offered. Reserve request lists must be submitted on the standard course reserve form, available at the circulation desk, or online, accessed from the Course Reserves page. Unless instructors request otherwise, materials will be removed from reserves at the end of the semester. An online form to remove items from reserves is available on the Course Reserves webpage.
The NECC Libraries acknowledges and encourages the appropriate use (i.e., reproduction, distribution, performance and display) of copyrighted works and materials for teaching, scholarship and research purposes consistent with federal copyright law and the standards for fair use.
Course Reserves Catalog Access
The online Course Reserves catalog can be accessed from the NECC library home page at http://reserves.noblenet.org/northernessex/browse/. Materials can be located by Instructor, Course or Department.
Last Updated: 3/3/2014
Group Study Room
Bentley Library Group Study Room Policy
The Group Study room (A210) is exclusively for collaborative academic work conducted by NECC study and tutoring groups of two or more people. These may be student-initiated groups or those scheduled by Tutoring (Supplemental Instruction). The Supplemental Instruction schedule is posted on the door at the beginning of each semester. While use is subject to the discretion of the Library Staff, these general guidelines apply:
- The room is normally available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- A maximum of two hours is allowed per group per day. Additional time may be permitted at the discretion of the Library Staff.
- If the room is occupied, your group may use other locations in the Library as long as noise is minimized and the rights of others are respected. Ask the staff for suggestions.
- Users of the room must behave appropriately, help keep the room neat, and follow other library policies.
- Guard your valuables. Don’t leave personal belongings unattended in the Library or elsewhere on campus.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please inquire at the Reference desk if you have any questions.
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