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Core Requirement 2.9

The institution, through ownership or formal arrangements or agreements, provides and supports student and faculty access and user privileges to adequate library collections as well as to other learning/information resources consistent with the degrees offered. These collections and resources are sufficient to support all its educational, research, and public service programs. (Learning Resources and Services)

compliance

Summary

Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with this comprehensive standard by providing two libraries with extensive print and electronic collections that adequately support all of its programs. In addition to owning and providing electronic access to library collections, the library has established reciprocal borrowing agreements and interlibrary loan procedures to support extracurricular or advanced research needs.

Narrative

Cape Fear Community College provides and supports, through ownership and access, adequate library collections and other learning/information resources to sufficiently support all of its programs. The mission of the CFCC Learning Resource Center is to support the mission of the college and to enhance the teaching/learning process through provision of adequate, up-to-date resource collections in formats consistent with prevailing technologies. The library strives to fulfill this goal through the provision of library services and well-organized, accessible collections in various formats that are consistent with the needs of the instructional programs.

Access and User Privileges
Cape Fear Community College has two libraries: one is located on the Wilmington Campus and the other is at the North Campus. Library resources and services are available to all CFCC students, faculty, and staff. As a public service, the library also provides services and borrowing privileges to New Hanover and Pender County residents who are 18 years of age or older. Distance learners have access to resources and services of the library.

Wilmington Campus Library North Campus Library

Opened March 8th, 2000
Addition opened August 16th, 2001
19,176 square feet
Seating for 200
Open 67.5 hours per week
30 student network computers
1 conference room with video conference capabilities
1 modern library instruction classroom
with 25 computers
1 multi-purpose technology training
classroom with 16 computers
2 public photocopiers
1 microform reader/printer
5 video viewing rooms

Opened February 3rd, 2003
7,014 square feet
Seating for 142
Open 57.5 hours per week
23 student network computers
1 conference room with video conference capabilities
2 public photocopiers
1 microform reader/printer
2 group study rooms
1 video-on-demand system


The Learning Resource Center (LRC) webpage (Learning Resource Center) provides 24/7 access to a number of resources including the online catalog (Online Catalog), the Serials Holdings List (Serials Holdings List), and a Research Assistance page (Research Assistance). Library users may also make reference inquiries via the LRC webpage (E-mail Reference).

Library materials may be checked out for periods ranging from two hours to three weeks. Lending Policies (Lending Policies pg 14) are published in the LRC Policy Manual and on the website. Items may be renewed one time, as long as they are not overdue and have not been placed on hold for another library patron.

Access for library users with disabilities is enhanced by the availability of elevators in the building, automatic entrance and exit doors, three computers with large screens, a VideoEye to enlarge print materials, and teletypewriter (TTY) for hearing impaired patrons. Special assistance may be requested at the Reference and Circulation Desks.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services, via SOLINET/OCLC, are available to provide access to materials, including books and periodical articles, not owned by the CFCC libraries (Interlibrary Book Loan Request). Additional access to collections and learning resources is granted to CFCC students and staff through agreements with other local libraries. Local libraries to which CFCC students, faculty, and staff have access include Randall Library at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), the New Hanover County Public Library, and the Coastal Allied Health Education Consortium (AHEC) Health Sciences library. CFCC students may obtain a borrower’s card at UNCW’s Randall Library (Student Articulation Agreement) and at New Hanover County Public Library (Registration Policy). CFCC faculty members are granted “Visiting Scholar” status at UNC-W with borrowing privileges (Visiting Scholar Lending Policy). Students and faculty in the health professions have additional privileges at the Coastal AHEC Library (Coastal AHEC Eligibility).

Collections
The library provides information resources in a variety of formats to support the college’s educational programs. At the end of FY 2004, the library collection included 47,761 print volumes, 28,400 microform pieces, 6,317 audiovisual materials, and 936 current serial subscriptions. Data regarding the library’s holdings are reported biennially to the Academic Library Survey and compiled in the Statistical Abstract of Higher Education in North Carolina (Table 45).

The library utilizes survey results to assess customer satisfaction regarding adequacy of the quantity, variety, currency and quality of its holdings. One such assessment tool is the LRC Survey, which is administered every year. The 2005 LRC Survey results (LRC Survey Results) indicated that 88% of those responding to the survey rated the quantity of books in the collection as adequate or better. Ninety-four percent rated the quality of books as at least adequate, with almost 80% (79.5%) rating the quality of the books as good or excellent. In the same survey, 89% of respondents rated the variety of books as adequate or better, with 92% rating the currency of the books as at least adequate. When evaluating the periodicals collection, 97% of those responding to the survey rated the quantity and also the quality of periodicals in the collection as at least adequate. These results are very comparable to the LRC Survey results in 2003 and 2004.

In selecting materials to add to the Library’s collections, CFCC librarians use the American Library Association guidelines levels 3b, 4, and 5, as outlined in the Library’s Materials Selection Policy (Materials Selection Policy). As CFCC is not a research institution, we do not select materials supporting advanced study, research, or comprehensive levels. Students and faculty conducting advanced research may make use of CFCC Interlibrary Loan services or use Randall Library at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington courtesy of articulation agreements. The selection and weeding policies of CFCC (Weeding Policy) are published in the LRC Policy Manual (LRC Policy Manual). Library users are encouraged to recommend materials for purchase for the library’s collections (Library Material Recommendation Form). Each librarian serves as liaison to assigned departments on campus and selects library materials in these areas. The current list of librarians’ collection development assignments (Collection Development Assignments) is published on the LRC website.

Books and audiovisual materials (audiocassettes, CDs, CD-ROMs, DVDs and videos) are shelved using the Library of Congress (LC) classification system. These materials are cataloged using MARC records obtained from OCLC, which are entered into the Horizon automated library system. This system is shared with three other North Carolina Community Colleges (Carteret, Davidson, and Guilford) in a consortium entitled the North Carolina Library Information Technology Network (NC-LITN). The online public access catalog (Online Catalog) provides web-based access to the NC-LITN database. Books owned by libraries in the NC-LITN consortium may be requested directly by CFCC patrons through the Horizon online catalog.

The Serials Holdings List (Serials Holdings List), available in the Library and on the LRC website, provides detailed information about the current subscriptions and retrospective holdings for the library’s periodicals collection. All periodicals, in any format, are shelved alphabetically by title.

Additional Learning/Information Resources:
NC Live (NC LIVE), an extensive collection of databases (Databases) which provides indexing for over 20,000 periodical titles and full-text articles from more than 10,000 titles (NC LIVE Titles), supplements the library’s serials holdings. The library also subscribes to selected additional electronic databases, which supplement the NC Live collections. Current faculty, staff, and students may obtain passwords for off campus access to most of these resources either in person or via the LRC website (Password Request Form). NetLibrary, available through NC Live, supplements the library’s book collections with more than 24,000 full-text titles (NetLibrary Titles).

Documentation

Source Location

Learning Resource Center,
Cape Fear Community College Website

lrc_website.pdf

Online Catalog,
NC Live Website

NCLivehomepage.pdf

Serials Holdings List,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website

serialslist.pdf
Research Assistance,
Cape Fear Community College Website
researchassistance.pdf
E-mail Reference,
Cape Fear Community College Website
lrc_email.pdf
Lending Policies,
LRC Policy Manual (pg 14)
lrc_policy_manual2005.pdf

Interlibrary Book Loan Request,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website

interlibraryloanrequest.pdf
Student Articulation Agreement,
UNCW Website
uncw_articulation_agreement.pdf
Registration Policy,
New Hanover County Public Library
registrationpolicy.pdf
Visiting Scholar Lending Policy,
UNCW Website
uncw_visiting_scholars.pdf
Coastal AHEC Eligibility,
Coastal AHEC Library Website
coastal_ahec.pdf
Table 45,
Statistical Abstract of Higher Education
in North Carolina, 2004-2005, Table 45
table45.pdf
LRC Survey Results lrc2005surveyresults.pdf
Materials Selection Policy,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website
materialsselectionpolicy.pdf
Weeding Policy,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website
weedingpolicy.pdf
LRC Policy Manual,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website
lrc_policy_manual2005.pdf
Library Material Recommendation Form,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website
materialsrecommendationform.pdf
Collection Development Assignments liaisons_wilm_000.pdf
Online Catalog,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website
onlinecatalog.pdf
Serials Holdings List,
Learning Resource Center
Cape Fear Community College Website
serialslist.pdf
NC LIVE,
NC LIVE Website
NCLivehomepage.pdf
Databases,
NC LIVE
ncliveresourcelist.pdf
NC LIVE Titles,
NC LIVE Website
nclivetitles.pdf
Password Request Form passwordrequestform.pdf
NetLibrary Titles,
Sample from Database
netlibrarysample.pdf

 

 

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