Library research workshops are available for students upon request from faculty members. In consultation with the professor, the liaison librarian designs an actively engaging workshop to immerse students in research resources and prepare students to successfully complete course assignments.
Workshops are created for all course levels, and can feature:
effectively searching the catalog and scholarly databases
evaluating information sources
effective internet searching for scholarship
citing information sources
ethical use of intellectual property
Librarians also collaborate with faculty on digital assignments, such as:
To schedule a Library Research Workshop, contact the liaison librarian for your department.
All members of the F&M community are invited to suggest resources for the collection using the forms found at the end of this section. Please refer to the guidelines below before placing your request.
During this pandemic, we are working to support online teaching and learning by acquiring and providing, if possible, electronic versions of books, films and other content needed for courses and student or faculty research. If you have any questions prior to completing the forms, please contact a librarian listed below.
Use the Book Request form to request a print book or ebook. Use the Film Request form to request streaming access. We will order a DVD only if the film is not available for streaming access or a DVD is needed for a specific purpose. Follow the directions at the top of each form. Please note: Check AVON first as these films are all available immediately via a subscription. If your film is not in AVON, the fastest way to obtain streaming access to flims in Kanopy and Swank is to search for titles on the platforms. There are requests forms that can be filled out on those platforms that will go directly to both the vendor and us.
For an E-Resource Request, please keep in mind that journal and database subscriptions represent a substantial ongoing financial commitment on the part of the Library and requests will be reviewed once per semester. Consider whether interlibrary loan might meet your and your students' research needs.
Provide as much information (title, author, etc.) on the form as possible. If a field is required but you do not have any information to include simply indicate "n/a".
Plan to request 4 to 6 weeks before needed, if possible. Some items may also arrive very quickly, but not always.
Faculty who are traveling or doing research overseas or elsewhere and find resources of interest that they would like to purchase for the Library are welcome to do so providing that-
The Library does not currently own the title in question (we do not purchase duplicates).
The intent to purchase the item and the details (cost, etc.) is communicated to the Library prior to the purchase.
All receipts or other proof of purchase are retained to be submitted to the Library so that these documents can be submitted to the Business Office and the faculty member can be reimbursed.
Reserves remain in the Library and can be checked out from Circulation for 4 hours at a time.
Reserves can be
(1) a library copy of a book,
(2) a professor's personal copy of a book, article, or item
(3) a book ordered for the course (given at least 1 month to process), or
(4) a photocopy (allowing for copyright clearance).
Please bring in materials at least 24 hours before they are needed.
Textbooks are not ordered for the library, but faculty may place a personal copy on reserve.
One copy per 20 students can be placed on reserve.
Photocopies require copyright clearance or written permission from the publisher. If permission is not granted, we will remove the item from reserve due to copyright restrictions.
Public Performance for Screening Media
The policy for screening media at F&M is a College Policy and can be found here. This policy should be consulted prior to any decision about showing a film on campus in order to determine whether having public performance rights (PPR) is necessary. Once the determination has been made that PPR are required, the Library can assist you in two ways:
Identifying films that are part of the Library's collection and carry PPR
Providing assistance in acquiring PPR by making an initial contact.
Please see the FAQs linked below for additional information.