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:
Only one reserve may be in a student's possession at a time.Reserves may not be removed from the library.
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.
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.
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.
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. To appeal a fine, please complete the Fine Appeal Form.
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 wishing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gil Find. Most materials arrive at your campus within three business days.
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.
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.
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.
The GPTC Learning Resource Centers allow beverages only (no food), with the following stipulations:
Please notify a staff member about any accidental spills to ensure prompt clean up. Realize that you may be liable for the damage/replacement fee for any furnishings or materials damaged by your spills.
Users who do not comply with the Learning Resource Center's policy on food and drink may be asked to leave the Learning Resource Center.
Per GPTC policy, children under the age of 16 are not allowed in the LRCs.
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.
1. Materials to support the current teaching programs of the college;
2. General reference works and circulating titles in major fields of knowledge that support the academic mission of the college;
3. Materials to support the professional and academic development of the faculty, and to assist administrative and school personnel in the effective performance of their duties;
4. Appropriate varieties of recreational library materials.
All materials purchased with funds allocated to the LRC become LRC property, and are available for use at all college campuses.
It is the responsibility of the librarians and LRC staff to ensure that the collection as a whole is developed objectively, consistently, and thoroughly. Faculty members are encouraged to recommend the acquisition of materials in their subject fields. Students, staff, and administration may also submit recommendations for purchase.
The ten following guidelines should be used to evaluate the intrinsic merits of both print and non-print selections:
1. Curriculum Support
2. Subject matter
3. Purpose, scope, and audience
5. Authority, honesty, and credibility of author and publisher
Special Types of Materials
Periodicals - Periodicals are selected and purchased in an effort to keep the collection up-to-date with current thinking in various fields; to provide material not available in books; to supplement electronic research and book collections; and to serve as selection aids and professional reading. Selection is made on the basis of demonstrated needs of students, faculty, and staff, balanced with available online databases.
Newspapers - The LRC will subscribe to representative paper copies of major local newspapers and selected national newspapers, in addition to access to additional titles through the Internet.
Gifts – Direct gfts to the LRC will not be accepted per GPTC policy, except in rare circumstances. Anyone wishing to make a monetary gift to the LRC may do so through the GPTC Foundation.
Textbooks - Because of the repetition of information frequently included and because they are often quickly outdated, books designated as course textbooks are not usually added to the collection unless their usefulness goes beyond that of the typical textbook.
Duplicates - The LRC purchases duplicate copies in cases of demonstrated need, such as when the number of students in a class or concentrated use of material demands multiple copies, or when required as part of a satellite campus collection. However, under ordinary circumstances, the LRC does not buy duplicate copies of the same title.
Content - No materials shall be excluded from the collection because of the race or nationality of the authors, or the political, moral, or religious views expressed therein. Selections will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval but solely on the merits of the work in relation to the building of the collection.
Withdrawal of Materials
The removal of materials of limited usefulness is essential to maintaining the quality of the collection. The same care, thought, and judgment is used in this process as in the original selection. Weeding (withdrawal) of materials is essential to collection development.
Material may be discarded from the collection when:
Periodicals shall be discarded for the following reasons:
When lack of space and database or GALILEO accessibility preclude the necessity to house back issues of most titles, preference will be given a few selected periodicals of proven use.
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As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, ADA504Coordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, TitleIXCoordinator@gptc.edu or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at https://www.gptc.edu/gainfulemployment