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STUDY ROOM A
An enclosed study area with a large work table, designed as a collaborative group think tank and brainstorming conference room.
STUDY ROOM B
Features high chairs and a large screen TV that connects easily to a laptop for enlarged visuals and work sharing.
WiFi & Internet Access
Network Name: MCGUEST
Multiple PCs providing Internet access are located next to the Circulation Desk on
the first floor and in the General Purpose Computer Lab upstairs (see related section
COPYING & SCANNING
A coin, bill, debit card, and credit card-operated photocopier is located near the
southwest stairwell on the first floor for $0.10/page. Scanning is available from
hard copies or USB flash Drives for $0.05/page.
Library Information Desk
VIDEO INTRODUCTION to the Library
- Students (including dual credit) and employees need their school issued ID cards. In the absence of a school ID, you may provide your ID number and an alternative form of photo ID or a current class schedule.
- The General Public needs their TexShare cards. Residents of Midland County who are 18 years or older may apply for a TexShare card from their public library. The card may be presented at the Circulation Desk when checking out materials. We encourage all non-students who would like to check out items from the library to obtain a TexShare card.
Check Out Limits
- Students, Faculty and Staff – Up to 5 books and up to 2 DVD discs
- Dual-Credit Students – Up to 3 books
- General Public – Up to 2 items
- Books are checked out for 14 days with ability to renew at library
- DVDs are checked out for 7 days with ability to renew at library
- No over-the-phone renewals
Overdue and/or Lost Items
- Students, Faculty and Staff – No late fees, but holds will be placed on accounts, resulting in their inability to access transcripts and register for classes
- General Public – No late fees, but will contact hosting library to freeze account
- Lost or Damaged Items - $45 per item, no exceptions
Circulating books are loaned for two weeks and may be renewed.
A book drop is located at the Circulation Desk. When the LRC is closed, books may be returned through the outside book drop, located on the south pillar of the LRC front porch.
The LRC’s E-Resource holdings include over 200 databases, 370,000 eBooks, 67,000 serial titles, and 67,000 streaming videos. Its physical collection includes approximately 60,000 print volumes arranged by Library of Congress classification. The primary focus of the collection is to support the college's instructional program.
The online catalog provides a means of searching for materials by author, title, subject, keywords, etc.
Consists of books, photocopies, loose-leaf materials and audiovisual materials that are placed on reserve at the instructor's request. Unless otherwise specified, reserve materials do not circulate, and they may not be taken from the Library. A valid ID must be left at the Circulation Desk while using Reserve materials.
Audiovisual materials are available for students and employees to check out for one week. Resources include feature films and documentaries on many topics.
Interlibrary Loan service is available to Midland College employees and students. Once located, items will usually be available within two weeks. To request a loan, complete and submit the Interlibrary Loan Request form by clicking on the button below. If you have questions about this service, inquire at the Circulation Desk or send an email message to email@example.com.
When books, articles or audiovisual materials needed are already in use, holds may be placed on the items at the Circulation Desk. We will notify requestors when the materials are returned and available for use.
This collection of select resources in health related fields is located on the south end of the first floor.
The Reference Collection is housed in counter-height shelving in the northwest corner of the LRC first floor near Study Room A. It includes indexes, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias and atlases.
While most of the LRC’s periodicals are accessible online, several magazines, journals and newspapers are available. Current periodicals are available on the north side of the first floor while bound periodicals can be found on the south side. These materials are for in-library use only.
As a matter of policy, the Library does not provide copies of textbooks used in Midland College courses unless the instructor has placed copies on Reserve. Course-related textbooks should be purchased in the College Bookstore. In an effort to promote Open Educational Resources, the LRC provides a series of OER textbooks published by OpenStax.
LRC COMPUTING RESOURCES
The LRC provides a number of computing resources throughout the building available to users from all departments and programs of study. It provides access to computers and the Internet so that users can complete assignments, conduct online research, access college online resources and conduct general business requiring computer access.
- Students, employees and community members all have access
- Students that need help understanding or completing class assignments should use departmental labs instead
- The LRC provides access to two testing rooms for students that require testing services outside of official campus testing center hours
Computing Resource Hours
- Accessible during all hours of LRC operation
- Refer to LRC Hours for the current schedule
- Several Windows OS desktops and laptops with Microsoft Office Suite applications and Internet connections
- Three networked printers
- One flatbed scanner accessible through a single LRC desktop
- Access to basic office equipment such as staplers, staple removers and hole-punches
- Lab Monitors can assist with most technical issues involving computers and installed applications. They are not able to help students complete class assignments
- Respondus LockDown Browser is installed on computers
- Laptop borrowers must relinquish an official, current and government-issued ID, a smart phone or car keys while using a device
- In the event that demand exceeds capacity, MC students will be given priority over other users
- Printing is limited to 30 sheets of paper per day, per user
- Viewing pornographic or obscene materials is prohibited
- Food and drink should be kept away from computers
- All LRC users are subject to current local, state and federal laws as well as the College’s code of conduct as outlined in student and employee handbooks
The Fasken LRC/Library maintains a laptop lending program that provides laptops for use within the building. Upon checkout, users accept responsibility for safeguarding devices.
- MC students are eligible to borrow laptops and can only use them within the LRC building.
- Only patrons with no overdue books and LRC account balance of less than $25 may use laptops. Borrowers must relinquish an official, current and government-issued ID as collateral to borrow a device. Examples include a driver’s license, official state ID or passport. The LRC will record the name and MC ID of the borrower, date of checkout and condition of the device. Borrowers will sign the policy and relinquish their IDs which they will get back upon device return.
- Violations of this policy may result in the loss of lending privileges.
- Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis and should be returned 15 minutes before the LRC closes each day.
- Borrowers are expected to treat laptops with care.
- Users can only borrow one laptop at a time, should not lend the device to anyone else and should not leave the building with it.
- The library is not responsible for any lost, erased or damaged files. Deep Freeze has been installed on all devices, and therefore any files saved to laptops are unrecoverable when they restart. To prevent such data loss, users should save all files to cloud storage (such as One Drive) or external storage (such as USB flash drives).
- Laptop users must comply with library policies, college rules regarding computer use and all other applicable policies. The LRC is not responsible for any objectionable material that may be found on the Internet while using a college owned laptop. Campus Internet cannot block all possible questionable or illegal content. The LRC will follow Technology Use and Ethics policy No. 05:09:05 in these matters.
- Laptop users should take appropriate steps to protect devices from damage and theft. Those that wish to leave the area or building momentarily should return them to LRC employees for safe keeping.
- Please report any problems or malfunctions with the equipment so the LRC can request service.
- By using an LRC laptop, patrons agree to adhere to the terms of this policy and user agreement.
Borrowers should return laptops to the Circulation or Help Desks 15 minutes before the LRC closes each day. Devices should be in good repair and in a condition similar to the start of the checkout period.
Food & Drink Policy
It is the policy of the Murray Fasken Learning Resources Center (LRC)/Library at Midland College to maintain an environment appropriate for the overall protection of library materials and conducive to study and scholarly activities.
We ask that you adhere to the following:
- Covered drinks, light snacks and packaged/finger foods are allowed in the LRC at Midland College.
- Please do not consume food or drinks near computer or electrical equipment. If you need to eat or drink, please do so away from these areas.
- Drinks and other fluids should have spill-proof containers.
- Patrons are encouraged to be mindful of food brought into the LRC. Strong odors and noisy foods can be distracting to others. Sticky or greasy items can ruin library materials and furniture. Therefore, prepackaged snack and finger food items are preferred.
- Patrons are responsible for cleaning up after themselves. We ask that you dispose all of your trash when you leave a study area to help us maintain a clutter-free, clean environment. When food and food waste are not properly discarded, bugs and rodents are attracted to our space.
- Please report any spills or messes to the library staff.
The LRC staff reserves the right to ask any patron to remove food and/or beverages from the premises if it constitutes a violation of this policy.
We all share responsibility to keep the LRC building clean.
The mission of the LRC is to facilitate the achievement of the educational goals of Midland College students, faculty and staff as reflected in the institution's Mission Statement.
A primary objective is to provide and maintain an organized collection of the best materials and information sources in diverse formats that support the curriculum. Staff will assist students in locating information and in becoming competent and self-sufficient users of library resources in the LRC and other libraries.
A secondary objective is the support of faculty and staff of Midland College through provision of the best possible instruction and support services for our students, both on- and off-campus.
The LRC serves the entire community of Midland College and its service area, including both student and non-student populations, as an educational conduit and information clearinghouse. It participates in library networks and consortia for resource sharing and other collaborative activities in pursuit of its mission.
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