Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is my Library Liaison/Subject Specialist?
  2. How can I arrange library instruction for my class(es)?
  3. Can I access online resources when I am not on campus?
  4. How can I contact a specific person in the library?
  5. Can I recommend a book, DVD, video or other type of material for the Library to purchase?
  6. How can I put course texts on reserve for students?
  7. How does Interlibrary Loan work?
  8. What is the University Video Network?
  9. How long can I borrow Library materials?
  10. How do I find out if my publications are being cited?
  11. Does the Library have any specialized resources and services for those studying to become a teacher?

Who is my Library Liaison/Subject Specialist?

Each department has a Library Subject Specialist who acts as a liaison. You can make purchase suggestions for the collection and your librarian can even assist you with your research. The directory of Librarian Subject Specialists shows individual subject assignments.

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How can I arrange library instruction for my class(es)?

Librarians can work with you individually to craft instruction sessions (held in library computer labs) that will better prepare your students to conduct research and use library resources. You can contact a Library Subject Specialist directly, or fill out the Library Instruction Request form.

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Can I access online resources when I am not on campus?

Yes. As a faculty member, you have access to electronic journals, article databases, and ebooks through the Library Catalog or Find Articles and Research Data. When you are off-campus, you will need to log in to use these resources. Simply enter your CSUN User ID and password to access these restricted resources. (For more information on CSUN User ID and password, see the Campus IT Username and Password page.)

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How can I contact a specific person in the Library?

Please visit our Library Personnel Directory which lists personnel alphabetically.


Can I recommend a book, DVD, video or other type of material for the Library to purchase?

Yes. The Library welcomes faculty recommendations for augmenting our collection. Our Purchase Recommendation form allows you to request all materials other than DVDs and videos. Our DVD/Video Purchase Recommendation form allows you to request media items. For additional information, please visit our Collections page.

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How can I put my course texts and materials on reserve for students?

Materials placed on reserve (such as books, CDs, or DVDs) can be library-owned or instructors' personal copies. The Library can purchase items; if you need materials to be ordered, please request them as soon as possible. Please note the the Library does not usually purchase textbooks, so you might consider placing a personal copy on reserve for your students. An Online Reserve Request Form can be submitted via the web.

Printed copies of reserves materials are available for student use (normally for two hours) in Reserves, Periodicals, & Microform, on the Fourth Floor, East Wing of the Oviatt. Additional reserves are in the Teacher Curriculum Center in the Library's lower level, and in Music & Media in the East Wing of the Second Floor.

At your request, materials may be made available online for student use. Only your students can use these materials, as electronic reserves are password-protected. More information about the course reserves process may be found at our How to Put Materials on Reserve page.

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How does Interlibrary Loan work?

Faculty may obtain books, journals and articles the Library does not own through Interlibrary Loan. Each faculty member is subsidized by the Library for Interlibrary Loan costs up to $400 annually. Please visit our Interlibrary Loan page for more information.

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What is the University Video Network?

The University Video Network is available in many classrooms across campus. This service allows you to show DVDs and videos in class through remote access. You can book any video or DVD owned by the Library and then use your classroom telephone to operate the DVD player or VCR. To request this service, you may call Music & Media at extension 2211 or access the request form from our University Video Network Services page.

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How long can I borrow Library materials?

CSUN faculty may borrow up to 100 library circulating materials for a period of up to one year, and renew items once for an additional one-year period. Please visit our Faculty Borrowing Privileges page for more information.

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How do I find out if my publications are being cited?

Support for locating where your published works have been cited can be found at our Cited References Searching pages.

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Does the Library have any specialized resources and services for those studying to become a teacher?

Yes. The Teacher Curriculum Center is the K-12 curriculum materials library for CSUN and serves as a resource for instructional materials to CSUN students, faculty, and community educators. As a curriculum library within the Oviatt Library, the TCC specializes in providing access to both print and nonprint materials that would actually be used within an elementary or secondary school classroom. Please visit the Teacher Curriculum Center page for more information.

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