UNM Los Alamos

For Faculty

For Faculty

Below is information about course reserves, class library visits, information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan, recommending resources, and copyright.

Faculty Guides


Course Reserves

  • Faculty may place up to 10 items per course on reserve.
  • Please fill out and submit a Reserve Request Form.
  • Specify desired loan status for reserve materials as Library Use Only, Two-Day Checkout, or One-Week Checkout.
  • Allow 24 hours for library staff to prepare materials for circulation before sending students to the library to use them.
  • Please do not tell students that items are on reserve until you have actually placed them on reserve.
  • For more information contact Joe Matthews at 662-0343.

Class Library Visits

Faculty are welcome and encouraged to bring classes to the library for tours as well as to work on research related assignments and projects.

Tours - please contact library staff at least two days in advance to set up a tour.

Open Labs - may be scheduled by faculty who are assigning research projects to their students. Library staff will work cooperatively with the faculty member in assisting students in using library materials.

Contact library staff at least one week in advance to set up a session.

Prior to the session, faculty must have given the written assignment to library staff, and they must prepare their students for the library visit.

Faculty members are asked to accompany their classes to the library.

Assignments with a library component - library staff will assist faculty in designing resource and search guides customized to course assignments.

  • Contact library staff at least two weeks before the assignment/project is to begin to discuss the assignment's scope, goals, and objectives.
  • Please prepare the class for the library visit prior to the scheduled date of the visit.
  • Faculty members are asked to accompany their classes to the library.

Information Literacy Instruction

As part of its mission, the library plays an active role in the educational process through its information literacy program. The goals of the program are to assist students in becoming life-long learners by teaching them how to find, evaluate, assimilate, and properly cite information using all information formats, both traditional and online.

Students in English 099, 100, 111, 112, 113, and 120 automatically receive information literacy instruction as a component of those courses each semester. Faculty teaching other courses may request sessions for your courses as well. Please contact Dennis Davies-Wilson at 661-4685 to make arrangements.

Faculty may also request one-on-one online database training sessions for themselves. Please contact Dennis Davies-Wilson at 661-4685 to make arrangements.


Interlibrary Loan

Faculty are welcome to utilize interlibrary loan services any time during the year. For more information please access the ILL page.


Recommending Resources

Faculty are invited and encouraged to recommend resources (including periodicals and online resources) to be added to the library's collection at anytime. Depending upon the availability of the materials and funding, we will make every attempt to accommodate faculty requests for resources that fall within the library's Collection Development Policy. Please submit recommendations using the online form.


Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright Law is complicated and vague in terms of what is considered "fair use." The links below contain very helpful information.