Faculty Services

Library Services for Faculty  


See also: Resources by Discipline

Faculty Workshops

The library offers workshops for the purpose of orienting faculty members to the library's research resources, particularly online journals, e-books, and the databases that provide indexing, abstracts, and/or full-text of these online materials. Since electronic resources are dynamic in nature--with new databases and journals constantly being added or deleted, interfaces being updated, functionality being added--these workshops help to keep the faculty informed as to what resources are available and how they function. The library's faculty facilitator notifies faculty when workshops will be offered, and faculty members are invited to sign up for those that fit their needs.

In addition to workshops of general interest, the faculty facilitator offers workshops designed for individual schools and departments. Chairs and deans are encouraged to arrange a workshop for their own departments or colleges. Any member of the faculty who would like to suggest a workshop topic or ask about a workshop may call the library faculty facilitator Sally Jo Shelton at 918.495.6902 or e-mail sshelton@oru.edu.

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Research Consultations

In addition to workshops, the library offers faculty the opportunity to receive individual research assistance. When faced with a research project, many faculty ask for individualized coaching in the effective use of the library's databases. To set up an appointment either during or between semesters, please contact the faculty facilitator or any of the reference librarians, who will  gladly assist you with your research projects.

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Reference Services

A reference librarian is generally available at the Reference desk (LRC 4th floor) from 8:30 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, except during chapel. A student reference assistant is available evenings and weekends during the other library hours. The reference librarians offer information and research services to all library patrons, whether faculty, staff or student. Librarians who have Reference responsibilies include Myra Bloom, Jane Malcolm, Peggy Pixley, Mark Roberts, Sally Shelton and Annette Villines.

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Library Instruction for Students

The Library provides tours, general orientation, subject-specific sessions, senior paper sessions, in-class presentations, and more to assist and inform the students and to support their research and learning of lifelong information skills. Faculty members may fill out an online request form or contact Myra Bloom, the library instruction librarian, at 918.495.7174 to discuss and schedule classes. Additional information is available on the Library Instruction page.

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Interlibrary Loan

To request items through interlibrary loan, faculty may use either the online form provided by the library or the forms in the FirstSearch and EBSCOhost databases. When you find an item in either of these sets of databases for which the ORU Library does not provide the full text, click the ILL icon.

Before making an ILL request, it will save you time if you will first check the Journals List and/or the ORU Catalog, whichever is appropriate, to be sure the item is not already available in the Library. If it is not, just fill in the requested information on the online form and submit it. The request goes by e-mail to the ILL office. Our ILL faculty and staff members--Lynn Harger, Annette Villines, and Jane Malcolm--will be happy to answer any questions you might have about your ILL requests. You will be notified by e-mail when the material you have requested has been delivered and is ready for pick up. Electronic items will be emailed. Click here for more on ILL.

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Like students, faculty need to register with the library before checking out materials. For your convenience, an online registration form is available here. Simply fill in the requested information and click the submit button. You will also need to present your ORU ID when you check out items. The loan period for faculty is 28 days. If you would like to check books out for a longer period, please email Jilda Elk, the circulation supervisor, or call her at 918.495.6392.

You will receive an e-mailed reminder before your items come due. To re-check items, go to the library homepage, click the "Renew Books" link, and then insert your name and the barcode number from your ORU ID. Once you are logged into your account, mark the items you wish to renew, and click the Renew Selected button. To renew them all, click Renew All. You should be able immediately to read the new due date. For more information, please visit the Circulation page.

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Faculty may use an online form to request traditional and electronic reserves. The policies for reserves including the copyright guidelines are available here. If you have any questions about placing items on reserve, Cheryle Holeman will be happy to assist you.

Print and other non-electronic reserve materials are shelved at the circulation desk. You may find them in the library catalog by the instructor's name.

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Purchase Requests

As a faculty member and a subject expert in your discipline, you are encouraged to suggest titles of books and journals for the library to acquire. To do so, you may use this online form. However, if you plan to suggest more than just one or two titles, it is easier to create a list of desired items that you can then e-mail to the Library. In addition to including the author, title, publisher, date, and ISBN, please be sure to indicate your name, department/college, and the name of your chair when making these requests, so that the librarians will know whom to notify when the item has been processed and is ready for circulation. Since it is time consuming to make these requests, we recommend that you first check the ORU catalog to make sure the Library does not already own the item. Judith Rigsby, our acquisition librarian, will seriously consider your book requests, and Judy Stubbs, head of periodicals, will do the same for journal requests. Requests for theology titles should be sent to Sally Shelton, since she does the collection development in that subject area. Any of these librarians will gladly answer your questions about making purchase requests.

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Updated February 27, 2012.