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Request Information Literacy Instruction

Librarians instill information literacy skills in SUNY Sullivan students through a program of course-integrated instruction, tailored to the specific information needs of a particular class. This instruction will take place in lower Hermann Memorial Library with a field trip to the One Stop at Hermann Memorial Library.

1. To schedule a dates(s) and time(s) to bring your class to the library, please send an email to Aaron Smith stating the date(s) and times(s) you would like to visit, any specific assignment information you want the information literacy to focus on, and any other topics you want to be covered. Aaron will determine feasibility for the date(s) and time(s) requested and respond accordingly. 

2. If you have questions or concerns about scheduling a library field trip, contact Aaron Smith, Technical Assistant - Library Support Staff, by email at or phone 845.434.5750; ext.4226

Information Literacy Resources

Here are some downloadable resources for use in your class. Feel free to use them as you see fit or you can request instruction below to have a librarian present these topics to your class.

Course Reserve Policy

The purpose of the library’s Course Reserve process is to allow our students access to course materials they may not otherwise have access to. The Course Reserves are currently being relocated to a new space and will be available starting in Fall semester.

Instructors can add course materials to the Course Reserves. Reserve material is loaned to students for up to three hours, library use only. Despite the library’s best efforts, not every text, for every course, can be found on Reserve.

Libraries follow two key copyright guidelines to determine what can be placed on reserve:

  • The First Sale Doctrine which states that once a library has purchased any print item the library may lend that legally obtained copy without the permission of the copyright holder.
  • Fair Use which allows for educational copying under limited circumstances, of materials that are under copyright protection. Both of these supportive guidelines do have limitations.

Course Reserve Procedures

A successful Course Reserve collection at SUNY Sullivan is largely dependent on instructor submissions.

Instructors can submit material for Reserve by completing the Reserve Submission form (for each course) and bringing it (along with the materials) to the library.  All Course Reserve material must be associated with a class being taught during the current semester.  Items are placed on Reserve in the order they are received and will be accepted for submission beginning four weeks before the start of classes and ending four weeks after the start of classes.

Generally three types of material are placed on reserve:

1. Textbooks

2. Personal copies of books, articles, etc. owned by the faculty

3. Library owned materials

Library Procedure for Textbooks:

We cannot place complimentary or not-for-sale textbooks on Course Reserve unless they are accompanied by a permission letter from the copyright holder. Why? The first sale doctrine. This is not a legally purchased item and therefore cannot be loaned by the library. A textbook that is not complimentary may be placed on Course Reserve, however faculty must assume all liability for loss or damage. Please be aware that textbooks will have anti-theft security added, and may be marked with minimal stickers/tape.

Library Procedure for Personal Copies: June 28, 2016

Personal items may be placed on Course Reserve, however faculty must assume all liability for loss or damage. Please be aware that personal items will have anti-theft security added, and may be marked with minimal stickers/tape.

Library Owned Materials:

Library owned materials from the Circulating collection may be added to the Course Reserves following the same procedure. All Course Reserve material is added for one semester and will be removed and returned to the appropriate department/division following the end of the semester.

Taking Items Off of Reserve:

If you would like to personally retrieve your item(s), please do so before the end of the semester. Materials can be taken off Reserve at any point by completing/emailing a Library Reserve Removal Form. All forms can be found on the library webpage, or on the “S” Drive in the Library folder. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the Reserve process and/or policy.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are an invaluable asset to students. Please consider adopting OER for your class next semester. If you need any assistance finding high-quality OER textbooks and course materials, we can help!