FAQS: For faculty

The LBCC Library building is closed, but you can still access our services and collections. Learn more on our COVID-19/ Remote Services page.

1. Can I check out a book?

The Library is working with the Campus Store to offer pickups of books and other circulating materials at the Campus Store's loading dock on the Albany Campus.

Place a hold on the resource from your library account, and you will receive an email with further instructions about the pickup times and location. If you would like assistance with this process, please contact the Reference Desk at (541) 917-4645 or libref@linnbenton.edu.

2. Can I stream a video for my students?

The Library is able to support you with both access and copyright information for streaming media.

You can:

  • Always copy and share resources that are in the public domain (anything from 1926 or before, federal government works) or openly licensed (i.e., have a Creative Commons license).
  • Link to a legitimate site where the film is streaming for free (a free documentary on PBS, for example).
  • Ask the librarians to check for institutional licensing for films that students can access through the library.
  • Rely on fair use to digitize sections of a film, as long as you weigh all four factors. In very rare cases, is may be appropriate to digitize an entire film under fair use. Read more in the Library Copyright Guide.
Be aware that:
  • You can't rely on section 110(1) of the Copyright Act while teaching remotely. This is what enables faculty to show entire films in the face-to-face classroom without permission.
  • Just because you or the Library owns a DVD does not provide legal permission to make a digital copy of the work.
  • Licenses from popular streaming services (with the exception of some Netflix documentaries) are generally intended for individuals and don't give permission to stream for your class.
Please contact Michaela Willi Hooper (willihm@linnbenton.edu) or another librarian to discuss your needs in more detail.

3. Can I use Library databases from home?

All of our articles, ebooks, streaming videos, and other databases are available on and off campus.  If you are on campus, you will need to log in using your LBCC ID and your year of birth.

Whether you are researching on or off campus, be sure to start your search from links on the Library's Web site to avoid paywalls.

If you have any questions about accessing databases from off campus, call the library at 541-917-4645 or email us at libref@linnbenton.edu.

4. How can I get the full-text of an article?

  • Go to All Magazines, Newspapers, and Journals and search for the title of the periodical (newspaper, magazine, or journal) in which the article appears. If we provide access to that periodical, the title should appear at or near the top of the results list. 
  • Click on the periodical title to see which issues/dates are included in our databases.
  • Click on one of the databases that includes the date your article was published.
  • Scroll down to find the correct date and article. You may need to select from a drop-down menu or expand a menu by clicking a plus sign (+).
  • Alternatively, type the article title in the Search within Publication box.
  • If you do not see the periodical or correct date/issue listed, follow the instructions to request the article through interlibrary loan.

5. How do I access course reserves?

Textbooks currently check out for the whole term. This means fewer people will have access to them.

For students

  • Contact the Reference Desk for help finding a print or digital copy of the book in the library.
  • If you can't afford your course materials, contact the Roadrunner Resource Center (resources@linnbenton.edu) for help.
For faculty
  • You can ask us to check on the availability of licensed, digital copies of books, videos, and articles.
  • If licensing isn't available, librarians can suggest similar free and open materials.
  • Librarians can also provide information about copyright and fair use to instructors who have questions about scanning and sharing materials in Moodle. Microsoft Lens and Adobe Scan are two free scanning apps that we recommend.
If you have any questions, email libcirc@linnbenton.edu or call 541-917-4638. 

6. How do I find a peer-reviewed journal article?

icon for Academic JournalThere are several ways to find and access a peer-reviewed journal article. One of the easiest ways is to search the Library's Academic Search Premier database. On the results list for your search, look for the Academic Journal icon. Most articles (reviews and letters to the editor are the exceptions) in Academic Journals have to be reviewed by the author/s' peers in the discipline before they are published.

7. How do I make an appointment with a librarian?

You can make an appointment with a librarian by calling (541) 917-4645 or emailing us at libref@linnbenton.edu.

However, the easiest way to meet with a librarian is to visit us during drop-in hours! Librarians staff the Reference/Information deskon the Albany campus (that's the desk furthest away from the front door) Monday--Friday 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday/Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. You will meet a libriarian and get the same service as you would in an appointment. If visiting during the summer or between terms, check our website for hours.

If closer to Lebanon, you can visit our library branch that is located in the Healthcare Occupations Center building (next door to the medical school) Monday--Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, with appointments unavailable between 12 pm and 1 pm. 

We look forward to working with you!

8. What are the selection criteria for LBCC Textbook Affordability Grants?

Grant applications will be evaluated by a sub-group of the Textbook Affordability Steering Committee using the following criteria:

  • Student savings and impact (new student savings aren't expected for grants in the update category. Instead, please address impact).
  • Number of students impacted
  • Quality considerations (such as use of peer-reviewed resources, attribution/copyright clearance, and ADA compliance)
  • Department support (for example, entire dept. agrees to redesign all sections of a course; or all courses in a sequence)

9. When are my books due?

All materials checked out fall term (except interlibrary loans) are due December 11, 2020.If you need some more time, you may be able to renew a book or DVD online.  And if you have questions or extenuating circumstances, you can get in touch with us at libcirc@linnbenton.edu.

For items that belong to other libraries (interlibrary loans), due dates (and fines) are set by the lending library. For questions about interlibrary loan, please email libill@linnbenton.edu.

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