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Monday - Friday 8:00A - 4:00P

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LaptopInformation Literacy

Information Literacy across the Curriculum:
Owensboro Community & Technical College Information Literacy Plan

For students to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners, they must first become active, motivated learners, able to pursue information on their own and able to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize that information to make intelligent decisions and to solve problems.The information literacy initiative at OCTC seeks to make this vital link between information and lifelong learning.

Background

The information literacy program at OCTC has been a traditional one with the librarians never quite able to pull together their dream program of information literacy across the curriculum. With the coming together of the school's Title III Grant with its "student success" goals and the 2005 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' re-accreditation process with its Quality Improvement Plan, the librarians had their chance. By volunteering to serve on the planning teams of the Quality Enhancement Plan, research/information literacy became one of the foundation "expectations" students were to master by graduation.

Information literacy has become a recognized initiative at OCTC. It is supported by administration, faculty, and librarians, and is becoming an important part of the learning experience for students. Information literacy is one of the five Expectations for the Expression of Ideas in the Quality Enhancement Plan of the College, and also a necessary part of all five expressions. Information Literacy is infused into learning across the curriculum.

An Information Literacy Ad Hoc Committee made up of faculty, staff, and librarians was created in the fall of 2005. The committee discussed and decided on and adopted a definition and competencies. The competencies are those skills and abilities students should master by the time they receive their diploma or degree or transfer to a four year college. Many of the committee members were the same as those on the QEP Team and they made sure the two bodies worked in harmony. The Information Literacy Committee has already provided some faculty development and plans to provide more. It will now be a standard committee at the college to assist in guiding the information literacy program.

An information literacy center has been set up in the library for faculty with books, articles, and sample assignments. Faculty members are encouraged to submit successful assignments for other faculty to share. Librarians are available to collaborate with faculty to create assignments, locate resources, present or co-present workshops, teach classes, or help faculty in any other way to further the goals of the committee and the Quality Enhancement Plan. There have been some librarian-faculty collaborative efforts made. One such effort was presented at a brown bag session. Presentations have been made at various division meetings across campus, even though we are still in the pilot phase of the program. Plans are being made for more faculty development.

Mission Statement

The Owensboro Community and Technical College Library provides the highest quality information resources and services for students, faculty, staff, and community.

Our mission is achievedby the following actions:

  • Provide a diverse collection of materials that support the instructional, informational, and research needs of our patrons.

  • Collaborate with other libraries and institutions to provide resources not available locally.

  • Provide a team-oriented, professional, and knowledgeable staff to maintain consistent and exemplary customer service.

  • Instruct patrons to effectively access and evaluate resources to meet their educational goals.

  • Sustain a supportive and service-oriented environment that reflects our commitment to enrich life-long learning.

  • Maintain partnerships with local libraries and learning institutions.

Goals & Objectives

  • Strive for a curriculum integrated approach to information literacy at OCTC.

  • Provide students the resources and services that are needed to be information literate.

  • Make faculty aware that information literacy is essential to student learning and ensures lifelong learning skills.

  • Promote collaboration between librarians, faculty and other campus personnel.

  • Provide faculty with the necessary resources and assistance to implement this initiate.

  • Empower faculty with the skills and knowledge they need for this initiative by having ongoing faculty development activities.

Competencies

Information Literacy encompasses a students ability to recognize information needs, to identify appropriate sources, and to obtain, evaluate, and effectively apply that information in a responsible manner.

 

Information Competency

Skill

  • Identifies information needs
  • Knows ones own limitations and abilities

  • Knows when additional information is needed to make a good decision or solve a problem

  • Recognizes that accurate and complete information is the basis for intelligent decision making
  • Understands importance of quality information

  • Recognizes that all information is not created equal

  • Defines the topic, question, or problem
  • Identifies key concepts and/or terms that describe the information needed

  • Lists terms that may be used in searching for information on the topic

  • Selects credible sources
  • Understands how knowledge is organized, stored, and transmitted

  • Differentiates between primary and secondary sources

  • Is aware of formats and sources of information available

  • Identifies appropriate database or source

  • Determines the extent of information needed
  • Choose appropriate sources for needs

  • Narrows the search effectively and efficiently
  • Uses Boolean logic to focus search (AND / OR / NOT)

  • Refines search by choosing additional or new terms to limit the search to a more specific one

  • Extracts appropriate information
  • Completes search

  • Determines best method for recording or saving information

  • Determines the relevance, accuracy, and significance of information
  • Decides if information meets the need of the problem to be solved or decision to be made

  • Evaluates resource for accuracy

  • Integrates information into ones own knowledge base
  • Takes what one has learned from the information and incorporates it into what one already knows about the topic

  • Synthesizes, integrates, and applies information to accomplish a specific task
  • Uses the information to answer questions, to apply to a problem to solve it or to help in making a wise decision

  • Uses information ethically and legally, demonstrating an understanding of plagiarism and fair use
  • Applies fair use to information

  • Avoids plagiarism

  • Cites sources and communicates results when appropriate
  • Is able to cite sources correctly

  • Uses appropriate style guides

Business People IconLibrary Staff

Donna Abell
Director of Library Services - Collection Development
donna.abell@kctcs.edu
270-686-4575

John Lutzel
Public Services Librarian - Library Instruction/Web page content
john.lutzel@kctcs.edu
270-686-4574

Ann Bennett
Library Specialist - Cataloging & Processing/Web page maintenance/Periodicals/Interlibrary Loan/Reserves/Displays
ann.bennett@kctcs.edu
270-686-4577

Lora Waters
Library Specialist - Audio Visual Technician/Print shop/Acquisitions
lora.waters@kctcs.edu
270-686-4580

Jared Norris
Library Assistant - Circulation/Displays
jnorris0021@kctcs.edu
270-686-4590

Angela Smith
Library Specialist (Downtown Campus) - Circulation/Print Shop
angelar.smith@kctcs.edu
270-686-4466

ReportLibrary Policies

ReportCirculation Policies

In order to make materials accessible to patrons as needed, the Owensboro Community & Technical College Library has adopted the following circulation policies:

Eligible Borrowers 
A valid drivers license or other picture identification as approved by the librarian must be presented at the circulation desk to obtain a student ID/library card (students also need to provide a current semester class schedule). Materials may be borrowed by the following persons:

*  Currently enrolled students of OCTC.
*  Faculty and staff of OCTC.
*  Area high school students who have a valid drivers license and adult residents of Owensboro and the OCTC service area including Daviess County, Ohio County, Hancock County, and McLean County.
*  Students of colleges with which OCTC has reciprocal borrowing agreements currently Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College.
*  WKU Owensboro regional campus personnel and currently enrolled students.
Materials for In-library Use Only 
Reference books, periodicals, some course reserves, and some videorecordings are restricted to in-library use only. A copy machine is available with a small per page fee; compliance with current copyright law is the responsibility of the user. A TV and DVD player is available for viewing non-circulating videorecordings.

Borrowing Privileges 
All borrowers must agree to abide by the Librarys policies, including acceptance of responsibility for overdue and replacement charges.

*  Patrons must have their library cards and must not have their privileges restricted (see "Restriction of Privileges" below) in order to check out materials.
*  OCTC students are subject to a limit of 12 checked-out items at any given time. All community patrons are subject to a limit of 6 checked-out items at any given time. At this time there is no limit for OCTC faculty and staff.
*  There is a limit of 3 checked-out videorecording items at any given time for all student and community patrons.
*  Holds may be placed on most items. Exceptions are reserve items.
*  Items may be renewed one time, but only if there are no holds placed on the item, the item does not have a "Lost" status, and the patron's privileges have not been restricted (see "Restriction of Privileges" below). Exceptions are reserve items which cannot be renewed.
*  Reserve items circulate according to the time requested by the instructor who put them on reserve. Times may be 2 hours, 1 day, 3 days, etc.
*  Books, music CDs, and audio books circulate for 3 weeks.
*  DVDs circulate for 1 week.
Borrowing Privileges with Other Libraries 
In addition to the above privileges, OCTC students and faculty may check out materials from libraries with which OCTC has reciprocal borrowing agreements: Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College. Students who borrow from these schools must abide by their circulation policies. If the local libraries have been searched and needed information has not been found, materials may be borrowed from other Kentucky or United States libraries (see Interlibrary Loan Policies at the end of this document).

Service and Replacement Charges 
Patrons will receive a date due slip for all materials when items are checked out. Failure to receive overdue notices does not exempt borrowers from responsibility for returning items on time or for charges levied if they are not. The following charges are incurred when items are not returned to the library by the date due.

*  Books, audio books, and music CDs will be assessed $.10 per day per item for each day overdue.
*  DVDs, and regular reserve items will be assessed $1.00 per day per item for each day overdue.
*  Hourly reserves will be assessed $.25 per hour per item overdue.
*  Items that are lost and not returned will be billed to the patron at the cost of replacement, plus $10.00 processing fee, plus overdue charges. If the item is returned, the replacement cost and processing fee will be credited to patrons account. Overdue charges will still be due.
*  Lost or stolen student ID/library cards will be replaced for $10.00.
*  Lost or stolen community library cards will be replaced for $3.00.
Appealing Fines 
If a patron feels he/she has been billed in error, he/she may ask at the Circulation Desk for a Fine Appeal form. The appeal will be referred to the Director of Library Services for resolution. Telephone or email address should be included for future communication.

Damaged Books 
Notify the Circulation Desk staff when you bring in a damaged book. Some minor damage is reparable by library staff. You will not be charged in that case. If the book cannot be repaired by staff but can be repaired by a binding service, you will only be charged for the actual cost of repair plus postage.

Restriction of Privileges 
Any patron with overdue items and/or unpaid late fees or replacement charges (either at the OCTC libraries, at one of the reciprocal local libraries, or at another lending institution because of an interlibrary loan) will have his or her circulation privileges suspended and will not be able to register or obtain transcripts until the debt is cleared.

Interlibrary Loan Policies 
All patrons must have a library card to request interlibrary loans.

*  A patron may request 3 books, 1 audiovisual, and/or 5 articles at one time.
Requests are made by filling out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form, either in the library or from the online form found on the library homepage.
*  A patron wanting to renew an item must bring the book to the interlibrary loan librarian by due date and leave it until confirmation of renewal is received by lending institution.
*  Overdue charges are assessed at the time the item is overdue. An overdue notice will be sent to the patron informing him/her of the charge.
*  A charge of $1.00 per day per item, as of the date of the letter, will be assessed.
*  If a book is lost or not returned, the patron will owe the cost of the book plus the processing fee assessed by the lending institution.
*  Any patron with overdue items and/or unpaid replacement charges will have his or her circulation privileges suspended and will not be able to register or obtain transcripts until the debt is cleared.

ReportCollection Development Policies

Purpose of the Collection Development Policy

The collection and maintenance of learning resources to support the instructional programs of the college is a primary function of the library. The purpose of the Collection Development Statement is to give guidance and provide a basis for building and maintaining a strong, balanced collection. It will enable faculty to understand the criteria and procedures used for developing the collection and provide the administration with a definitive plan of current acquisition polices so that library needs can be clearly determined in budget and master planning for the campus.

As current curricular and research needs, formats, and users change, the policy must change. Therefore, a periodic review of the policy must be done.

Objectives of the Library

1. To acquire and make accessible a collection of materials in varying formats to support the instructional programs of the college. This objective will be achieved by providing both course-related and research materials for students and classroom instructional materials for faculty.

2. To create an open and caring environment that encourages self-motivated and life-long learning. This objective will be achieved through continuous improvement processes (including assessment, planning, and implementation of needed changes) and through professional development activities.

3. To collaborate with faculty to teach students to use information resources effectively to supplement their course instruction and their other information needs, paying close attention to developing critical thinking skills. This will include an information literacy program for all users to teach assessing, searching, evaluating, and organizing skills for the practical use of information.

4. To keep users informed of new materials and services and to generally promote library use among all patrons.

5. To encourage and cooperate in the development and use of networks, consortia, or systems among area and state libraries for improved access and services to all patrons. This will include the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries (FoKAL), and any other library or institution that can supply needed information.

Responsibility for Selection of Library Materials

The ultimate responsibility for determining whether requested materials conform to the goals, qualitative guidelines, and policies presented in this document rests with the Director of Library Services. First priority in the selection process will be given to materials for student and faculty use in support of the colleges programs and curriculum. Second priority will be given to materials for the professional development of faculty and staff and third priority to materials for the general education and personal enrichment of all citizens in the colleges service area.

1. Librarians Role

a) The Public Services Librarian will have primary responsibility for the overall growth and development of the reference collection.

b) The Director of Library Services will have primary responsibility for the overall growth and development of the general collection.

c) The Librarians will consider each item in light of the needs of the Library as a whole. Reviewing tools, professional journals, reading lists, etc., will be used in the selection process, and previewing of materials will be done whenever possible.

d) The Librarians will attempt to ensure that funds are spent equitably between programs and disciplines.

e) The Librarians will seek input from faculty for the following:

1) Requested titles of materials in their discipline

2) Course reading lists

3) Course syllabi

f) The Librarians will seek input from students for materials needed to complete assignments

2. Facultys Role

a) The Faculty should search the literature in their own discipline and request materials, in appropriate formats, which they think would support students learning and classroom teaching.

b. The Faculty should give input for purchase of materials whenever they are teaching a new course to ensure adequate resources for the class.

c) The Faculty should provide the Library with any reading lists given to students to make sure sufficient numbers are available to meet student needs.

d) The Faculty should provide the Library with syllabi for each class to guide Librarians in selecting materials to support specific areas in the curriculum.

Criteria for Selection of Material

1. Accuracy: Are latest research and findings depicted accurately? Is material up-to-date and timely?

2. Authority: Are authors qualified in the subject? Are they widely known? Will books by them be in demand? Is the publisher known for high quality materials both in content and format?

3. Level: Is the material written on a level that is understandable to students? Is it too technical or too elementary?

4. Relevancy: Does the material support the curriculum?

5. Demand: Is it an item that meets students interests as identified by reference staff?

6. Breadth and Depth: Is there a scarcity of materials on the topic? Does it add to the collection by representing one of various views on a controversial topic?

7. Cost: Does the potential use of the material justify its price? Are other equally valuable materials available at a lower cost?

8. Format: Is it in a format that is most appropriate for the material?

9. Textbooks: Assigned textbooks will not be purchased by the Library, although some could be in the collection by coincidence, or added to the reserves area per some facultys' request.

10. Multiple Copies: Multiple copies will be purchased only when special need can be justified.

11. Reviews and Evaluations: Has the material received favorable reviews from professional reviewers? Or been evaluated by faculty/staff using the procedures (See Appendix A) established by the Library?

Faculty and Staff Research Materials

The Library will purchase materials for faculty and staff development, but will carefully review materials that are highly specialized, excessively expensive, or inappropriate for research or teaching of a community college curriculum or in administering community college programs or services. The materials purchased should be more than temporary value, i.e. will be of value for longer than the life of the present project. The same criteria used for selection of other materials will be used to evaluate professional development materials. In cases where the material is not purchased, every effort will be made to borrow the needed material through interlibrary loan services.

Gifts

The Library is happy to receive donations of books and other materials that will enhance the collection. However, the Librarian reserves the right to accept or reject gifts. Gift materials will be reviewed using the same criteria outlined under "Criteria for the Selection of Materials." In addition, because past issues of periodicals are kept in microfiche or digital format, seldom will issues in paper format be accepted. Materials must be of such a nature that they can be integrated into the existing collection, not requiring special facilities, controls, or staffing.

When contacted by a potential donor who has a large collection to donate, the donor may be asked to provide a listing of the items in advance of the materials being brought to the Library. The Library can then assess the titles and notify the donor which titles would possibly be appropriate for the collection. Only items offered unconditionally may be accepted.

Regional and Local Materials

Some materials on local and regional topics will be accepted to support curriculum and research needs. Emphasis will be on current topics and will include such items as reports and documents from government agencies, statistical materials, college and community college information, and other items deemed helpful for research. They shall be located in a specific shelf of the collection and indexed in the public access catalog.

Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection consists of either Library owned or Instructor owned items which have been placed behind the circulation desk for limited use. Only students who are enrolled in specific classes may check out reserve materials for the specified periods requested by the Instructor. Procedures for placing items on reserve are as follows:

1. Only books, articles, audiovisuals, etc. that are required or optional for use in a course currently being taught should be placed on reserve.

2. A reserve form (available at the circulation desk or online on the Information for Faculty web page) must be filled out completely for each item placed on reserve. Copyright laws will be observed as noted on the reserve form.

3. Reference materials may not be placed on reserve.

4. Instructors materials will be processed with pockets and stickers unless requested otherwise.

5. Library materials and photocopies will be withdrawn at the end of each semester. Instructors materials will be withdrawn and returned to them at the end of each semester unless otherwise instructed.

6. Textbooks may be placed on reserve only if they are not available in the bookstore in sufficient quantities.

7. The Library will not be responsible for replacement of damaged or lost personal copies placed on reserve.

8. Faculty must allow reasonable time for processing materials for reserve. Generally, reserve materials should be received at least one week before the beginning of the semester.

Reconsideration of Library Materials

In keeping with the concept of academic freedom, the collection development staff will attempt to select materials presenting all sides of controversial issues. Procedures for handling complaints include a form to be completed by the complaining party requesting that the material be reconsidered. Forms are available at the circulation desk. No action will be taken unless a signed form is submitted.

The form, along with the offending material, will be presented to the Instructional Resources Committee who will consider the complaint. The committee will make a recommendation to the President of the college who will make the final decision to retain or withdraw the material. The complaining party will then be informed in writing of the decision.

Evaluation of the Collection - Guidelines for Weeding the Collection

The criteria below serves as a guide in the weeding process. Deciding whether to remove an item from the collection is often the result of number of complex factors, both objective and subjective. Subjective criteria are inherently more difficult to establish. As a result, the final decision about whether to keep or remove a particular item from the collection relies in large part on the knowledge of the library staff and their ability to use sound judgment when considering a number of complex and sometimes conflicting variables. 

Books and audiovisual materials will not be automatically removed as a result of loss, damage, or wear. The decision to repair or replace an item will be done on a case by case basis and will depend upon a number of factors. These include whether the library owns duplicate copies of the item, whether the subject is adequately represented, demand for the particular title or subject, and the availability of updated material in the particular subject area.

The following criteria will be used when considering an item for removal from the collection:

CONTENT
1. Outdated and obsolete information

When was the item originally published?
Particularly important with subjects that change quickly or require the most current information (nursing, health, computers, technology, etc.).
2. Unneeded titles in subject areas with declining popularity

Subject matter involving significant curricular changes.
Subject has become less popular over time.
3. Superseded editions

Keep only newest edition unless it is housed in reference collection, then keep subsequent edition in circulating collection (if still relevant).
4. Items of historical significance, containing largely theory, containing relevant information not included in newer edition, or those of local or campus interest are exempt from these policies.

5. Consider the question, if this book is discarded, what else is available on the shelf?

CONDITION
1. Poorly bound or poorly printed volumes.
2. Items worn by age or overuse

Items that are dirty, shabby, warped, faded by sunlight, or have yellowed or brittle pages.
Media showing signs of excessive wear.
3. Items damaged by patrons

Items that have torn, taped, stained, or missing pages, have been written on, or exhibit bug damage or other obvious signs of mutilation.
CDs or DVDs with scratches large enough to affect audio or video quality.
Books missing accompanying media (CD, CD-ROM, etc.).
UNUSED MATERIALS
1. Circulating items that have not been browsed or charged within a significant time period

Consider the question, how long has the item sat on the shelf without being browsed or circulated, keeping in mind when it was added to the collection?
2. Duplicate copies that are no longer needed, regardless of condition.

3. Formats that are no longer popular or present technological challenges

VHS tapes
Computer software
 
APPENDIX A

Preview and Purchase Procedures for Non-Print Materials

1. Preview of material costing over $100 may be required before purchase.

2. Requests for preview must be given to the Director of Library Services with sufficient information to place the request for preview.

3. When the material arrives, the originator of the request will be notified. A minimum of two people will be required to evaluate the material using the form supplied by the Library as a guide for possible purchase. When the material and evaluation forms are returned, a final decision will be made by the Director. In making the final decision, consideration will be based on cost in relation to the following:

A. Will the material be utilized only once or twice a year by the instructor or by many?

B. Will the material become dated quickly?

C. If the material is expensive and will not receive heavy use, is it available for rental?

4. The originator of the request will be notified of the decision to purchase or not to purchase. If the material is purchased, he/she will be notified when it is available for use.
 
APPENDIX B

As an agency of the Owensboro Community & Technical College, the library supports the right of free inquiry. To that end, the library endorses the American Library Associations "Library Bill of Rights."

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted June 18, 1948. Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980, inclusion of "age" reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.

ReportCollection Development Policies: Electronic Resources

Purpose

The purpose of this electronic resources policy is to provide guidelines for building and maintaining a strong and balanced collection of electronic resources for Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) Library users. Electronic resources specific to OCTC are those electronic resources through the library's web pages such as databases containing various periodicals and journals, electronic books, and resources retrieved through the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL). This policy reflects the mission of the library, which states: The Owensboro Community& Technical College library will strive for excellence by providing the highest quality information resources and services for faculty, staff, students, and community users. We will endeavor to achieve this excellence by:

*  Selecting and making accessible a variety of materials that support the instructional and research needs of our patrons.
*  Creating a supportive and open environment that reflects our commitment to life-long learning.
*  Instructing users in effectively accessing and evaluating materials to meet their informational needs.
*  Maintaining a knowledgeable and professional staff that respects the worth of each individual, while combining our diverse interests and strengths to best serve our patrons.
*  Working collaboratively with other libraries and institutions to provide resources not available locally.
The policy provides guidance for building and maintaining an effective collection of electronic resources, as well as supplement and adhere to the same elements of the Collection Development Policy of the OCTC Library main collection.

Scope of the policy

Electronic resources refer to those materials that require computer access, whether through microcomputer, mainframe, or other types of computers, and that may either be accessed locally or from a remote location. The policy addresses both electronic resources purchased or licensed by the library and free Internet resources. The curriculum needs of the college in the various disciplines and programs, especially classes offered for distant learning students, and information needs of various OCTC faculty, staff, students, and community users are covered. This policy serves all three college campus locations: the main campus, the downtown campus, and the southeast campus.

Types of electronic resources included, but not limited to:

*  Online public access catalogs
*  Indexing and abstracting databases
*  Aggregated databases that include full-text journals and periodicals
*  Electronic books
*  Reference databases that include directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias
*  Web sites
*  CD-ROM and/or multimedia products
*  Other technologies that may evolve
Objectives of the library

1.  To acquire and make accessible a collection of electronic resources to support the instructional programs of the college, as well as supplement the existing main library collections.
2.  To create an open and caring environment that encourages self-motivated and life-long learning. Continuous improvement processes, such as assessment, planning, and professional development activities with regard to technological issues will be offered to all library staff members.
3.  To collaborate with faculty to teach students to use electronic resources effectively to supplement their course instruction and other information needs. An information literacy program for all users will be implemented to help assess, evaluate, and organize skills for the practical use of electronic resources.
4.  To keep distant learning users informed of new resources and services and to generally promote library use among all patrons.
5.  To provide electronic materials, when funding permits, to support the professional development and research needs of faculty, staff, and general education needs of all citizens in the colleges service area.
6.  To encourage and cooperate with the use of networks, consortia, or systems among area and state libraries for improved access and services to all patrons. This will include the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), and any other library or institution that can supply needed information.
Selection

The comprehensive periodical databases provide indexing of abstracts and full-text articles from hundreds of academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and some bibliographic citations. The subject matter ranges from general reference collections to subject-specific databases, such as medical, business and educational information. Also included is a wide selection of electronic books that adhere to the curriculum of the college. The various subjects covered include general reference, social sciences, humanities, education, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, along with computer sciences, engineering, language, and more.

Selection criteria include:

*  Timeliness and accuracy
*  Content or subject
*  Reputation and authoritativeness
*  Reliability of access
*  Full-text availability in PDF, HTML, and Excel
*  Full-page images as well as color embedded images
*  Technical accessibility and compatibility with existing and future hardware capabilities
*  Cost-effectiveness, number of users included in license terms
*  Copyright and fair use issues
*  Archival issues, (availability, affordability, storage).
Access

The library makes access and use of electronic resources efficient and productive for the user. Special attention is given to accommodate the distance learners. Access to electronic resources is available through the library web page and the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) web site. The KYVL is a collection of over 30 databases that include full-text of articles from thousands of publications; it includes current, authoritative, accurate web resources, and is also an access point for over 20 Kentucky library catalogs. A library card from a Kentucky Library is required in order to use the KYVL. Access to the databases is restricted to Kentucky library users of the KYVL; passwords are required and can be obtained at the users local library. Electronic books are cataloged and can be accessed through the librarys catalog. Most resources can be used by OCTC students, both on and off campus.

Licensing

With respect to licensing, OCTC adheres to the publishing license agreements of all electronic resources subscribed to by the library. Library authorized users include the students, faculty, and staff of the Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC), and all community on-site visitors. On-site is defined here to include any area of OCTCs facilities and or campuses. All OCTC students, faculty, and staff should be able to access electronic resources from any locations. For network-licensed programs distributed on CD-ROM, the Library assumes the right to copy that information to and serve from a hard drive. The library adheres to licensing arrangements that include consortium and other multi-institution options.

Access to research databases through the KYVL is available only to institutions and individuals who pay a subscription fee to the database vendor. There is a legal obligation through the contracts with vendors to allow access only to citizens of Kentucky.

Copyright issues

It is the intent of OCTC Library to adhere to the provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law. (Title 17, US Code). The policy shall apply to all library users, whether faculty, staff, or students. Copyrighted material shall be treated as the property of the copyright holder, with all rights and limitations specified in the law. The fair use provision of the U.S. Copyright Act applies to all formats. Outside requests for information from electronic resources may be provided if those requests comply with copyright law. Section 107 of the law allows educators fair use of copyrighted material, meaning that limited numbers of copies of portions of copyrighted works for classroom, scholarship, or research purposes may be made without infringing on copyright. However, fair use shall not be abused. The Library does not condone copying instead of purchasing copyrighted works where such copying would constitute copyright infringement.

Responsibility for Selection of Library Materials

The OCTC library director is ultimately responsible for selecting all materials for the OCTC library, including electronic resources. The OCTC library is one of many community and technical colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Many electronic databases available at OCTC are those that are subscribed to by the KYVL libraries as a group. Specifically, the EBSCO databases are made available through the KVYL consortia. The KYVL was first conceived by SAALCK, the State Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky. The Gale Infotrac databases are made available through the KCTCS consortia. The KCTCS libraries, along with the state supported regional university libraries, are members of SAALCK and the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium (GCLC). All other electronic resources, including Proquest, FirstSearch, Newsbank, and other various databases are made available through the OCTC library. The various consortia promote library services through cooperative member institutions and provide a wide range of information resources at the lowest cost.

Intellectual Freedom

As an agency of Owensboro Community& Technical College, the library supports the right of free inquiry. As in the main collection development policy, the library also endorses the American Library Associations "Library Bill of Rights" in its electronic resources policy. The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services.

1.  Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
2.  Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
3.  Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
4.  Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
5.  A persons right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Adopted June 18, 1948. Amended February 2, 1961, and January 23, 1980, inclusion of age reaffirmed January 23, 1996, by the ALA Council.

For information on copyright policies please review the KCTCS Copyright Guidelines.