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Guidelines and Procedures
For the convenience of library users, the text of the Operational Guidelines and Procedures (OGP) is made available in print and on the library website. Where discrepancies exist, the print edition of the OGP is definitive. Questions regarding the OGP should be directed to the Executive Director of the user’s home campus library. The OGP is subject to changes.
Collin College Library Mission Statement
The libraries at Collin College are an integral part of the learning environment. The mission of the library is to support teaching and learning by providing the excellent staff, resources, instruction and information services needed by our community of users.
Comprehensive Statements Regarding Library Use
Collection Development Policy
The library will select, maintain and make available collections of materials to support the instructional programs of the college. Materials are selected to meet the academic needs of Collin College faculty members, staff members, and students. Library resources are selected by professional librarians, with significant faculty input. Materials are selected to reflect a variety of points of view.
The libraries’ collections exist to make scholarly materials available on an equitable and cost effective basis to Collin’s entire faculty, staff, and student population. It is not the library’s role to house materials that cannot be used by all Collin faculty, staff, and students. Resources which may only be used by a portion of the College population are housed in departmental classrooms and laboratories.
The libraries’ collections fall into the following categories:
Materials that fall outside the categories listed above may be housed in and circulated from the library only by prior arrangement with the library director. The library director will determine whether the library can successfully manage materials that fall outside the categories listed above. If the library accepts these materials, the library director and the responsible faculty or staff member will create a document outlining ownership of the materials, length of retention at the library, provisions for servicing and repairing materials or equipment, library marking of the materials, and return or disposal of the materials at the end of the retention period.
Identical materials may be held by more than one Collin College library to meet instructional needs. Multiple copies may also be held by a single Collin College library for the same reason.
Donation of Materials and Monetary Gifts
Donation of Physical Items
Computer and Internet Use
Library computers are to be used primarily for college-related projects by Collin College students, faculty and staff. Priority is given to course-related use, and patrons may be asked to yield to others with academic needs. The use of these resources for commercial activity is prohibited.
Internet resources and software applications may be used for lawful purposes only. Violation of local, state or federal laws, such as those regarding pornography, copyright, theft, vandalism, violation of personal privacy, and unauthorized access to computing resources, may result in arrest and/or prosecution.
All users agree to refrain from conduct that produces an intimidating, hostile or offensive work or study environment. All users agree to comply with policies of the Collin College Board of Trustees regarding sexual, racial, and other forms of harassment, as well as standards of conduct for Collin College students, staff and faculty as specified in the Collin College Student Handbook and, for faculty and employees, by the Collin College Board of Trustees Policies. Violation of Collin Board policies may result in penalties under College regulations.
Individuals who do not follow these standards of behavior may be denied the use of Library computers and network resources. Violators of these standards may also be subject to penalties under College regulations and under local, state, or federal laws. Collin College reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.
Patron Privacy and Confidentiality
Theft and Destruction of Materials
Library staff monitor patron actions regarding theft, vandalism, and the misuse of or damage to library collections, equipment, materials, or other property belonging to the College including software and data. The Library Director or the Reference Librarian on duty is to summon Campus Police when needed. Under some circumstances the library may notify law enforcement authorities or otherwise initiate disciplinary proceedings against patrons.
Food and Drink
Consumption of food and drinks is not allowed in the library except in designated areas.
Inappropriate or Disruptive Behavior
Behavior incompatible with the mission of the Collin College libraries is not permitted. Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to, excessive noise, intimidation, abuse, or other disruptive actions. The Library Director or the Reference Librarian on duty will resolve perceived disruptive situations in the library and summon Campus Police when needed. Animals, other than service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will not be allowed in the library.
Copyright & Fair Use
Copyright Law (title 17, U.S. Code) prohibits the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted materials, except as permitted by the principles of “fair use.” Except as allowed by those principles, Individuals should not copy or distribute either print or electronic materials without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.
Library Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom
The libraries of Collin College adhere to the Library Bill of Rights and the Intellectual Freedom Statement published by the American Library Association. Copies of these documents are available at the Reference Desk.
Reconsideration of Library Materials
As a department within an institution that values intellectual inquiry, Collin College libraries do not remove materials from the collection for reasons related to content. However, patrons with concerns about library materials are invited to discuss their concerns informally with the library director and/or to request an official review. To request an official review, patrons may use a “Request for Reconsideration of Materials” form, which is available at the reference desk.
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