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Faculty Resources


  • Embed a Course Librarian (opens in a new window) in your Moodle course page to answer students' research questions on discussion boards.
  • Ask a librarian to collaborate with you to create a research guide for your course.
  • Librarians provide help for you & your students in person, by phone, email, text, live Chat, and Moodle embedding.

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Why should faculty recommend library materials?

  • The RCC library seeks to provide a collection which supports the instructional needs of the total College.
  • The professional librarians have the responsibility for the overall development of the library collection, and, in many instances, are able to identify student needs through their public service and reference contacts. 
  • Faculty members best know the supplementary library materials their students will need in order to successfully complete a course. 
  • Faculty recommendations in their areas of expertise are essential for the RCC library to maintain a collection relevant to student research needs. 

How should faculty recommendations be made?  

  • The library staff continuously channels catalogs, brochures, book reviews, and selection aids dealing with specific subjects to faculty directly involved in those areas. 
  • Department chairs and lead instructors are the primary recipients of these materials, and they should share the materials received with others in the department. 
  • The “General Criteria for Selection” in the Collection Development Policy above should be used as a basis for recommendations.

Why should faculty participate in "weeding?"

  • De-selection, more popularly known as weeding, is the regular and continuous process of selecting materials to be withdrawn from the library collection when the materials are no longer appropriate. 
  • Just as it is important that faculty participate in adding materials to the library collection, the weeding of materials is also essential for the relevancy and integrity of the collection. 
  • While recommendations for weeding can be made at any time by faculty, there is also a formal process that is done at regular intervals.

Are audiovisual materials ordered through the library?

  • Limited library funds are available for audiovisual purchases; therefore, audiovisual materials to be used for instruction in the classroom should be purchased by the faculty member’s department

What is the procedure for requesting new periodicals and journals?

  • The acquisition of serials, such as periodicals and journals, requires selectivity due to the on-going cost. 
  • The library works with a subscription agency which handles the placing of orders with publishers. 
  • Evaluation and renewal of serial subscriptions occurs annually, usually late December to early January. In order to maintain common expiration dates for serials, this is also the time when we place new orders. 
  • Faculty recommendations will be accepted by the professional library staff at any time during the year. Unless justification is submitted for an immediate purchase request, the recommendation will be held until the annual order. 
  • The process for the annual evaluation of titles may vary by department. 
  • The Information Technology Librarian sends each department chair a list of titles subscribed to by the library for that particular department. 
  • The department chair is asked to coordinate evaluation of the titles and return recommendations to the library.

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RCC Library honors requests from faculty to place course-related items on reserve that are in compliance with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, chapter 1, section 107) and the fair use guidelines.

Faculty can notify the library about items to place on reserve via the Reserve Request Form below and items may be submitted at the library front desk. For more information or if you have questions, e-mail

Review the Common Copyright Scenarios page for more guidelines on fair use and course reserves.

Materials can be placed on closed reserve (meaning they can only be checked out for use in the library) or on reserve checkout (time specified by instructor). 

Please make sure the reserve checkout period is reasonable for the number of students in your class.  For example, please do not put one copy of a book on a 3-day checkout IF all 26 students in the class need to read it in a week.

If you are unable to find material in the RCC library, and wish to search other community college libraries in North Carolina, change the library drop- box from Randolph to ALL. This will search all North Carolina community college libraries that are members of the CCLINC consortium.

If you find a title in RCC library that is checked out, or if you need a title from another library and wish to request it in RCC Library Catalog (opens in a new window):

  1. Click on the Details button to the left of the title.
  2. Click on Place Hold (first link in the box on the left).
  3. Enter your library account barcode number in the user ID text box (this number should start with 29875). You do NOT need to enter an alternate ID or PIN. If you do not know your card number, e-mail
  4. Click Place Hold. 
  5. Your name should appear with a confirmation that the hold has been placed.
  • You will be notified via email as soon as the material is received.
  • There is no charge for interlibrary loans from other CCLINC libraries.
  • It may take 7-10 business days to receive an interlibrary loan item.
  • Overdue charges apply to interlibrary loans.