About Macon State
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or other adult guardian (18 or older) at all times. Children shall conform to all Library rules.
Circulating books are generally checked out for 28 days with two renewals. However, for general circulating books, faculty and staff have an extended borrowing period. Current Fiction books are on a 28 day circulating cycle for all patrons.
Non-circulating items may not be checked out of the Library. These include magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, microfilm, microfiche, and most Reserve items.
|Circulating books/audio material||20 cents/day|
|General Reserve items||$1.00/day|
|Interlibrary Loan items (for students only)||$1.00/day|
Library Use Only materials are to be used only in the Library. A fine will be imposed on materials that are removed
It is the mission of the Macon State College Library to provide resources and services that reflect, support, and enhance the mission of the College by:
As participants in the educational programs of Macon State College, the Library strives to acquire print and non-print materials that support the curriculum and research needs of the College’s students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the basic information sources and the general cultural, educational, and recreational materials expected in an academic library are incorporated into the resources.
Materials collected include: monographs and serials (both in paper and/or microform), electronic resources, audiovisual materials, and maps and atlases. Textbooks that are being used for courses at the College will ordinarily not be purchased for the Library collection. The Library will concentrate on purchasing materials that expand upon textbook subject matter.The Library’s priority will be to purchase and provide access to material that directly supports the needs of Macon State College students and faculty, with a wide variety of material that spans many disciplines. While the Library’s collection cannot meet extensive graduate level and personal research requirements from faculty, librarians can guide patrons in need of this type of material to electronic resources, or in securing materials from other institutions through the use of interlibrary loan or GIL Express services.
II. Guidelines for Materials and Resource Selection
The quality of content and support of the curriculum are priority criteria against which any item or resource is evaluated. In an environment of rapidly shifting patterns of information delivery and shrinking dollars, strategic decisions in the selection and management of library materials must be based on sound principles. These objectives guide decisions:
The ultimate responsibility for selection of library materials rests with the Library Director. Because the librarians at MSC Library are generalists, the Library relies on members of the teaching faculty to help build collections. Members of academic schools and departments select a majority of the books that specifically support their own programs. The librarians are responsible for working toward achieving a balanced collection, and selecting in particular those resources which are general in nature, which add to the browsing collection, and which provide reference materials, all of which meet the objectives of the Library.Annual budget allocations for the use of the Schools and Departments are determined by the Library Director, and are based on factors such as the number of degree programs offered, the anticipation of new degree programs in the subject area, the degree to which the School or Departmental programs utilize library resources, and the previous expenditures of each School or Department.
IV. Selection Tools
Aids for the librarians in the selection process are reviews, particularly those in Choice and Library Journal, publishers’ catalogs, and subject area bibliographies, and for the faculty, the journals of their respective fields.
V. Selection and Acquisition Process
The Library Director is responsible for the acceptance and disposition of gift materials donated to the Library. The criteria for the acceptance of gifts are the same as those governing the selection of purchased material. The Library cannot accept gifts under restricted conditions, and it reserves the right to dispose of duplicate and unwanted material as it sees fit. The Library will not provide a monetary statement of the value of a gift, but will acknowledge the receipt of the gift with a letter.
The process of weeding, or deselection, is a continuous and ongoing process necessary to maintain a vital and up-to-date collection. The process of weeding is primarily the responsibility of the librarians, working in conjunction with the teaching faculty. Faculty members can assure that materials of historical or research interest are not inadvertently removed. The following materials should be candidates for weeding:
VIII. Intellectual Freedom
The Library as an institutional resource must provide information to the students that will help them develop analytical, critical and imaginative thinking skills. To do this, the Library is responsible for maintaining a collection which represents a wide range of viewpoints. The Library is a proponent of critical thought and the free exchange of ideas, and does not propose to hinder such activity. As such, the Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. .
IX. Cooperative Networks
As it becomes increasingly apparent that no college library can provide all of the materials needed by its users, the sharing of resources becomes extremely advantageous. Participation in library networks and consortia such as OCLC, Lyrasis, and GALILEO, as well as increased online access to other libraries’ catalogs, facilitate our patrons’ access to materials unavailable at the MSC Library.
X. Policy Evaluation
The Collection Development Policy is subject to review at all times by the library staff and/or by the Library Committee. In any case, the policy should be carefully reviewed every five years.Revised August, 2011
Use of Library computers is governed by the Macon State College Computer and Network Usage Policy. 309KB
Users may not:
Restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
The MSC Library/ARC computers are primarily intended for research and academic related information retrieval. Research/academic use always takes precedence over recreation/personal use.
Local.................... 50 cents per page
Long Distance....... $1.00 per page
NO food or drink of any kind is permitted in the following areas:
Acceptable Food and Beverages:
The Library reserves the right to amend this Food and Drink Policy if infractions occur. Please dispose of empty food and beverage containers in trash receptacles prior to leaving the Library.
In accordance with IRS requirements and the Statement on Appraisals of Gifts adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries, the MSC Library cannot make appraisals of gifts. This is the responsibility of the donor. The Library does not provide itemized lists of materials donated. Every donor, however, will receive a letter of acknowledgement for his/her gift, unless he/she requests otherwise.
Purpose of Interlibrary Loan
The purpose of Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is to provide access to materials (books and journal articles) that are not found in the Macon State College Library.
Who is eligible?
ILL service is offered only to current Macon State College students, faculty, and staff. Patrons not currently affiliated with Macon State College are not eligible.
Interlibrary Loan cannot be used as a substitute for purchasing class textbooks, and all requests to borrow textbooks will be denied.
Number of items requested
Students are limited to five (5) book requests at any one time. There is no limit on the number of journal articles requested; however, consultation with a librarian may be suggested to assist with selection of appropriate articles.
ILL service is provided free of cost to eligible borrowers. However, borrowers are responsible for overdue charges ($1.00 per day) and for replacement cost for lost items.
Requesting an ILL
Complete the online form for books or articles and submit. You will be notified when your item has arrived. Articles will be electronically delivered to the borrower's e-mail account unless otherwise requested.
The time needed to obtain an interlibrary loan is dependent upon the difficulty of the request, proximity of the lending library, and the number of requests to be processed.
The lending library determines the length of the loan and restrictions concerning the use of the material. Renewals may or may not be granted, depending upon the policy of the lending library. Requests for renewals must be made to the Interlibrary Loan office prior to the due date.
All MSC Library borrowers are responsible for the items checked out to their Library account. MSC students with outstanding library materials will have a block placed in BANNER on their student record and they will not be allowed to register, or obtain grades or transcripts until the material has been returned or paid for. Library shelves will be carefully searched before such a block is placed. Other MSC Library users who are consistently delinquent in returning library material may have their library privileges revoked.
Unless actual price assigned, standard replacement costs are as follows:
|Hardback book||$30.00||Paperback book||$10.00|
|Reserve folders||$ 5.00|
In addition to the replacement costs, borrowers must pay all overdue fines that have accumulated. Borrowers will be refunded the replacement cost only if they should find and return the item. Overdue fines will not be reimbursed.
All MSC Library borrowers are responsible for the condition of items checked out to their Library account. Patrons returning damaged items will be responsible for the replacement cost per the above pricing, unless the actual price is assigned to the item. This cost will be attached to your Library account. Students with an outstanding replacement cost will have a block placed in BANNER on their student record and they will not be allowed to register, or obtain grades or transcripts until the replacement cost is paid.
Credit card payments may be faxed to the MSC Business Office using this form.
Printing from Computers:
Guests: Guests are defined as anyone other than MSC students, faculty or staff. They will be charged for all printing at the same rate as students. They should log in using “mscguest” as the username with no password. Print jobs will be sent to the information desk where they can be picked up and paid for.