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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. Instruction sessions can be requested in several ways:

1. We will be posting available class instruction dates shortly.

2. Contact Aaron Smith, Technical Assistant - Library Support Staff, by email at or phone 845.434.5750; ext.4226

3. Call the Library's Information Desk at 845.434.5750; ext.4226

We can offer a librarian to come to your class in person for a presentation based on staff availability. However, the day and time of instruction are not official until a librarian contacts the classroom teacher with confirmation. Instructors are expected to be present for the library session. If your class falls outside this window, contact us, and we will supply web-based resources to meet your need for research instruction.

Information literacy instruction sessions are individually tailored to meet the needs of specific classes. The librarian will contact the instructor in advance to review the research project or assignment and discuss what should be covered.

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.