Assigned Course Readings. Reserves makes assigned course
readings available to students
for short loan periods (1 hour, 2 hours, 1 day,
2 days, or 7 days). Materials
accepted for placement on Reserve include:
Regular circulating books
- Personal copies of books and other course-related material
- Most government publications
- Copies of articles (photocopied in adherence to the United States Copyright
Electronic Reserves. Most articles and book chapters can be placed on
Electronic Reserve; this permits students online access to
course reserve material 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Place heavily
used material on Reserve to ensure access for all students.
For the quickest service faculty members may bring their material
for placement on reserve to the Circulation Desk, First Floor, Library
North. The Library will also retreive books, copy articles and
process requests submitted via Web Form. For complete information
see the Faculty
Guide to Placing Materials on Reserve.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
Materials not owned by our Library are usually available
from other libraries via ILL. Current
faculty are eligible for this service. For detailed
information concerning how to request ILL material,
please see this page .
Document Delivery. Faculty
and graduate students are eligible for
Document Delivery Service. Through Document Delivery, you can get
articles we do not have faxed directly to your home, or to the Library,
if you do not have a home fax. In either case, the turn-around time is
typically less than 48 hours, and at no cost to you!
Delivery or Pick Up.
If your ILL materials arrive in printed form (i.e., books, photocopied articles,
or electronic faxes from our Document Delivery Service), you need to pick
up these items at the Circulation Desk in the Library (1st Floor, Library North).
If your ILL material arrives in electronic (PDF) format, these
will be forwarded to you via email
attachments, and they can be retrieved from your Network/E-mail account.
Faculty are subject to all ILL
including late charges or demand fees incurred for items not
returned on time.
Literacy and Library Instruction
What is information literacy?
Information literacy (also referred to as information competence) is
a core academic literacy and a CSULA
graduation requirement. Accrediting
bodies such as WASC and discipline associations are increasingly
recognizing the concept and practice of information literacy. An information
literate student is able to:
- Define the research topic and the information need;
- Access the needed information effectively and efficiently;
- Evaluate information critically;
- Organize, synthesize and communicate information for a specific
- Ethically and legally access and use information.
Information Literacy at CSULA.
In 2005 the CSULA Information
Literacy Advisory Committee was established in response to the need
for a campus-wide dialog on integrating information literacy into the
curricula. Several collaborative projects between the
Library and classroom faculty are in progress.
For more information on information literacy at Cal State L. A.,
provide information literacy instruction to a variety
of classes at both undergraduate and graduate levels. These librarians
work with the teaching faculty to develop
integrated presentations and demonstrations geared
to teach students how to find and evaluate
information using online and print resources available through the Library's
website. See this page for more
information concerning scheduling instruction, workshops,
tutorials, and orientation tours.
Book and Periodical
Requests for purchase of new monographs and periodical
titles should be processed through the Library Liaisons. These Liaisons work
closely with librarian subject specialists and the Library's collection
The Reference Center is the Library's main service center. Here research assistance is provided for all Library collections, including circulating books, reference books, periodicals, online databases and reference resources, the Government Publications Collections, and Special Collections.
Special Assistance. The Reference Center provides
research assistance to all (students, staff, faculty, outside users, etc.)
on a first-come-first-serve basis. No priority is given to faculty at the
desk; however, faculty members having in-depth research questions are
encouraged to make appointments with their
Department Library Liaison for special