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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Learning Resource Center: Services and Policies

Reserves

  Reserves are a special collection of instructor-selected books that may be checked out from the circulation desk by students for three-hour, in-library use only. To borrow reserves you must:

  • Be a currently enrolled GPTC student
  • Not have any outstanding fines
  • Leave your currently validated student ID and driver's license/state-issued ID with the desk attendant while you are in possession of the book

Only one reserve may be in a student's possession at a time.Reserves may not be removed from the library.

Reference

 Students, faculty, and staff who would like one-on-one research help may visit one of our librarians at any time that the LRCs are open. We are available to answer quick reference questions or provide detailed research consultation.Students, staff, and faculty may drop by our Learning Commons for reference help or contact the library to make an appointment for a consultation with a  librarian.

Reference services are also available through our chat service located at http://libguides.gptc.edu/home/chat or through text messaging at 404-800-1811.

GALILEO

 GPTC is a member of GALILEO, Georgia’s state-of-the-art online library. Through GALILEO, faculty, staff, and students can access millions of books, articles, photographs, and other resources at the click of a mouse. A password is required to access GALILEO off campus. Please contact the LRC for the password. GALILEO help is always available at the LRCs.  To access GALILEO off-campus, go to http://galileo.usg.edu.

Other Databases

GPTC also subscribes to the Facts on File suite of databases as well as Salem Press ebooks and Credo Reference for the convenience of our students, staff, and faculty. Any of our librarians can help with access and use.

Physical (Book) Collections

The LRCs house a collection of over 12,000 books, periodicals and videos on many topics supporting the GPTC  curriculum. You may search or browse our catalog at http://gilfind.gptc.edu/. Faculty, staff, and students may check out up to five materials at a time. The checkout period for most materials is four weeks depending on type. Within four weeks of the end of the semester, checkout periods are shorter.  Overdue fines for most circulating books accrue at a rate of $0.36 per day; however, if materials are returned within 28 days of the due date, the fine will be waived. After a book is 28 days overdue, a fine of $10.00 will be charged and the book will be declared lost.The replacement cost of the book and a processing fee are also charged but will be forgiven if the book is returned in good condition. 

Facilities

           The LRC facilities are designed for the comfort and convenience of student and faculty researchers. Large study tables enable students and faculty to use their books, computer equipment and other study tools in a quiet, comfortable  environment. Upholstered chairs and sofas provide a comfortable place for recreational reading.  Two small rooms at the DeKalb campus are provided for students wishing to study or work on projects in groups of two or more. Both rooms are equipped with a small conference table, chairs, and a dry-erase board. One room also contains a lectern for students wising to practice speeches. The rooms may be reserved up to one business day in advance and are only for student study groups.

A small library collection is located in the Learning Commons area of the South DeKalb Campus, which also contains computers and study tables for student use. 

Computers

Our Learning Commons area at the DeKalb campus contains twenty-four computer workstations and two printers for student and faculty convenience. At the Newton campus, there are nineteen computers available.  All computers are loaded with Microsoft Office 2013 and  a web browser. Each LRC also provides a photocopier for student use. Copies cost 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents for color.

The Learning Commons area at the South DeKalb campus contains eight computers for student use. 

Law Library

  The Newton Campus LRC includes a law library with a collection of ABA-approved sources on Georgia law. While the law library was established to serve GPTC’s Paralegal Studies program, all students, staff, and faculty are welcome to use its resources. The DeKalb campus also contains ABA-approved law materials.

Children’s Collection

 The LRCs are committed to facilitating learning at all levels, and contain a collection of books targeted toward a pre-K through 1st grade reading level. While this collection was established to support our Early Childhood Care and Education curriculum, all students, faculty and staff are welcome to check them out to read to  or with the children in their lives.Please note: Per GPTC policy, children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the LRC facilities.

The Children's Collection is located at the DeKalb, Newton, and South DeKalb Campuses.

Laptop Lending Program

The LRCs provide a limited number of laptop computers at the DeKalb and Newton campuses for students to check out and take home for a period of time. Each laptop is loaded with the same software as our Learning Commons computers. Students must provide their own internet access.  The Laptop Lending Program is for students only.

Intercampus Loan

 Do you need a book that is located at another GPTC campus? We can get it for you through our intercampus loan service.  Just make a request at the circulation desk or through GilFind. Most materials arrive at your campus within three business days.

Book Return

For the convenience of students, faculty, and staff, the LRCs offer after-hours book returns located on the front of building A at the DeKalb campus and the upstairs lobby of building B at the Newton campus. The book return is emptied and books checked in every day that the LRC at the campus is open.

Quiet

 Our library users value the quiet, peaceful learning environment that we have designed for them. Please keep your voice to a whisper when visiting the LRCs.

Cell Phones

In order to maintain quiet and protect the privacy of library users, please silence your cell phones when entering the LRC and refrain from placing or answering calls while in the LRC.

Food and Drink

To maintain the condition of our furnishings and facilities, food and drink are not allowed in the LRCs. Please finish consuming them before you enter.

Children on Campus

Per GPTC policy, children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the  LRCs.

Copyright

 It is the policy of the Learning Resource Centers of Georgia Piedmont Technical College to maintain compliance with the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code; see “Applicable Legislation”), and encourage students, faculty, staff, and administrators to make lawful use of copyrighted works. The Learning Resource Centers of Georgia Piedmont Technical College recognize the exclusive rights of copyright holders, as well as exceptions to those rights and the doctrine of “fair use” as set forth in copyright legislation. In accordance with the above policy, we hold that students, faculty, staff, and administration are personally liable for willful infringement of copyright laws. Individuals may be held personally accountable for any misuse of copyrighted material.

For more information about how to remain in compliance with our copyright policy, contact Dr. Wendy S. Wilmoth, Director of Learning Resources, at extension 1197.


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