River Parishes Community College Library

About the Library

Purpose Statement

RPCC Library Services exists to support the mission and goals of River Parishes Community College. Library Services provides the RPCC community with materials, resources, and instructional services necessary for excellence in teaching and learning.

Accessibility Statement

RPCC Library Services is in the process of reviewing our website and online documents for accessibility and usability using various tools including WebAIM’s WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool and other resources. WAVE evaluates sites using checklists for WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

ADA services in the RPCC Library include a computer equipped with a large-screen monitor, large format keyboard, and accessibility applications such as Jaws screen reader and document magnifier.

If you find any aspect of the RPCC Library Services website not in compliance, please contact Library@rpcc.edu and we will address the issue wherever possible.

For accessibility information on our various resources,
visit Product Accessibility Policies and Statements.

Philosophy

Library Services staff members are dedicated to partnering with members of the RPCC community in providing responsive and effective access to materials, collections, facilities, equipment, technologies, resources, instruction, and learning opportunities necessary to obtain knowledge, skills, and information for personal, academic, and professional excellence.

Policies

Circulation Policy
Collection Development Policy
Electronic Access Policy
InterLibrary Loan Policy
Security Policy

All policies have been approved by the Learning Resources Advisory Committee (LRAC), which is made up of faculty and other patron representatives.

The current LRAC faculty members are:
Wendy Johnson (Non-voting Chair)
Dr. Woukeenia Cousin
James Rolfes
Dr. Esperanza Zenon

SACS Accreditation Documentation (2009)

River Parishes Community College reaffirmed Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation in 2009. RPCC Library Services documented its compliance with SACS standards in the following narratives and supporting materials, which were accepted without any recommendations:


Library Services: SACS 2.9
Core Requirement: Learning Resources and Services
Narrative and supporting documentation
Library Services Purpose Statement

RPCC Library Services exists to support the mission and goals of River Parishes Community College. Library Services provides the RPCC community with materials, resources, and instructional services necessary for excellence in teaching and learning.

Philosophy

Library Services staff members are dedicated to partnering with members of the RPCC community in providing responsive and effective access to materials, collections, facilities, equipment, technologies, resources, instruction, and learning opportunities necessary to obtain knowledge, skills, and information for personal, academic, and professional excellence.

Description of Resources

RPCC Library Services provides a variety of services and resources for the RPCC user community [See 2.9 (01) and 2.9 (02)]. The physical collection is housed in two rooms in Building C on the RPCC campus, the Library and the Learning Resource Center (LRC), and access is available during normal operational hours [See 2.9 (03)]. Online resources, including the Library’s Catalog, are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by means of the internet and access is provided through the Library Services web page. A link to Library Services is on the RPCC home page [See 2.9 (04)].

The Library’s collections of books, CDs, DVDs, and VHS videos were developed cooperatively with teaching faculty to support current academic programs and courses [See 2.9 (05)]. Requests for materials from both students and faculty are welcome and acquired through purchase or interlibrary loan.

As of spring 2008, the Library owns over 16,500 physical volumes (including 2,600+ A/V items and 13,500+ print resources). Library Services provides materials for cross-enrolled students through interlibrary loan and by mail to individual students.

The Library provides access to commercial databases containing over 10,000 online journal, newspaper, and magazine publications, plus other types of resources and information acquired through consortium memberships. Licensed database resources include products from CQ Press, EbscoHost, Gale Group, Lexis Nexis, OCLC, Oxford Press, ProQuest, and World Book [See 2.9 (06) – 2.9 (07)]. Remote use is authenticated via proxy server and instructions for valid user login are on the Library’s web page and available in printed instructions in the Library.

Over 56,800 e-books (approximately 11, 000 leased and 45,000 owned) are available to RPCC users through NetLibrary [See 2.9 (08)].

Description of Consortia Agreements

RPCC Library Services maintains membership in several consortia organizations in order to provide maximum services and resources for Library users [See 2.9 (09)]. Consortia memberships include:

SoliNet/OCLC: Southeastern Library Network/Online Computer Library Center, a consortium providing resource sharing opportunities and services. Through Solinet/OCLC, RPCC Library Services has access to the following: interlibrary loan management system and interlibrary loan privileges with other member libraries, copy cataloging resources and software, MARC records, and the opportunity to purchase NetLibrary Shared E-Book Collections [See 2.9 (10)].

LOUIS: Louisiana Library Network, a statewide consortium of Louisiana academic and special libraries that cooperatively purchase and maintain online databases, library management tools, a statewide digital library collection and other resources. RPCC membership benefits include access to electronic database products (over 60 databases from 12 vendors), SIRSI Symphony automated library management software (cataloging, serials holdings, circulation, patron catalog, etc.) which is managed and housed on LOUIS servers, a union catalog of resources held by LOUIS academic library members, and specialized training [See 2.9 (11)].

LALINC: Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium, a statewide consortium of academic libraries that strives to provide resource sharing opportunities, such as, reciprocal borrowing privileges for users, cooperative state-wide ILL delivery, and selection of effective shared electronic database resources [See 2.9 (12) to 2.9 (15)].

Description of User Services

Library Services provides a variety of services to students, faculty, staff, and other users [See 2.9 (16)]. Circulation of physical materials, access to online resources via the Library web page, interlibrary loan services, instruction in accessing and using resources, reference services, course reserves, student workshops, and proctored testing are all available. The Library Services Advisory Committee works with librarians to plan and improve services and access to resources.
Course-integrated instruction and orientation for students, Student Success Workshops, point of use instruction, faculty orientation and updates during in-services and other meetings, print handouts, as well as online tutorials and printable handouts are all instructional services offered by the Library. Help from a professional librarian is also available by phone and email during normal operational hours.

Information about Library Services in general, as well as services, resources, contacts, and policies is available on the Library’s web page and in the Library. Assessment of Library Services is conducted annually through surveys and usage statistics [See 2.9 (17) – 2.9(20) and additional supporting documentation 2.9 (21) – 2.9 (23)].

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

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Overview of Current Collections and Services

Library Services has three library faculty and one civil service support
staff to assist students and faculty in accessing and utilizing Library
services and resources. Library Services has over 18,000 physical volumes
and over 60,000 electronic books for the core collection as of spring 2009. The Library also provides access to over 70 databases of journal, newspaper, and reference articles via the state academic library consortia, LOUIS (The Louisiana Library Network). Videos, CD-ROMs, and some software are also available for the RPCC user community.

The collection continues to grow and includes broad coverage within subject areas and
general reference titles to support students in their coursework at RPCC and to support and enhance the learning environment for our students and faculty. Skills
building and tutorial resources are also available for various subjects.

Library Services also offers instruction in the use of
library and information resources through orientation, course-integrated instruction, a one-credit Library Research course, and individual reference assistance. Other services include circulation, interlibrary borrowing from other libraries, student success workshops, and proctored testing services. Library Services maintains several partnerships with statewide and regional consortia to maximize the resources and services available to the RPCC community.