Faculty assistance in selecting library materials is vitally important, for each of you is the subject specialist who can identify the proper materials to create and maintain an excellent library collection for your students' use.
The library staff gladly accepts requests at any time, in any format. We welcome you to search for and select materials and send your requests to library staff by email or telephone; you will be informed as soon as requested items arrive at the library.
RESERVES We will put items such as books or articles on the reserve shelves at the circulation desk, or create e-reserves from print originals that you can post on Moodle for use with your classes.
LINKS TO TOPICAL SITES We will post links to resources for special assignments as needed. Please let us know at least a week in advance of the assignment so we can research the subject, assemble the links, and have the information published online when needed.
BIBLIOGRAPHIES We will research and compile bibliographies from our online catalog and/or prepare "webliographies" of electronic sites. We will have these printed as handouts upon request.
REFERENCE We provide quick reference information via telephone, email, or in person, and we are happy to assist you with more extensive research for instructional purposes as time permits.
INSTRUCTION At faculty request, an introduction to Information Literacy, instruction in research methods, use of available resources, evaluation and documentation of sources, etc. will be provided. The library staff will be glad to discuss the requirements of your course and customize instruction to meet specific needs. We are always available to faculty and students for point-of-use assistance.
COPYRIGHT COMPLIANCE A page with information on how to ensure that you use copyrighted materials in ethical and legal ways is provided in our LibGuides; see the appropriate tab above.
PUBLIC ACCESS COMPUTERS The library has twenty PCs in the lobby that provide access to the Internet, to research databases, and to Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint. The computers are for use by students, faculty and the public; those under sixteen (unless they are REaCH students) must be accompanied by an adult. Black and white prints can be made for $.05 each; color prints for $.30 each.
PHOTOCOPIER A public photocopier with numerous features is available in the lobby; copies are ten cents for any size. Faculty and staff may use the photocopier at no charge for instructional use; however, the Campus Print Shop is set up for reproducing handouts and other high-volume copying needs.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN Library staff can initiate requests for books or articles not available locally through Interlibrary Loan. Check the Interlibrary Loan page for details.
DISABILITIES ASSISTANCE/ACCESS Wheelchairs are accommodated by an entrance ramp, a push-plate triggered automatic door, and a wheelchair-accessible restroom. Computer terminals with Internet access, word processing and other capabilities are accessible to persons in wheelchairs, and headphones are available to those who require audio access on the computers.
LIBRARY BOOK SALE Items weeded from the Library collection and donated items deemed not appropriate for the library collection are occasionally put up for sale to the general public in the Library lobby, at $.25 for paperbacks and $.50 for hardbacks. Items on sale are available to faculty and staff at no charge.
BOOKS AND MEDIA The college library is a member of the CMC Library Consortium, a cooperative of the county, municipal, and college libraries serving Rutherford County. The college library has approximately 32,000 books and a substantial collection of DVDs and CDs. The Consortium as a whole has over 250,000 items, all of which are indexed in the CMC Library Consortium Catalog, and most of which can be checked out using a common library card. Ebooks are also accessible via NC LIVE and NC Digital Library.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES The library provides access to NC LIVE, an aggregate database made available by the state of North Carolina to its public and academic libraries, as well as databases for research in health and medicine, history, literature, and current issues. Passwords to NC LIVE and all our research databases are available in Moodle--after login, click My Courses, look down in the left column for Library Resources and click on PDF file "Database Passwords." For college employees and students without access to Moodle, passwords for off-campus use of NC LIVE and selected databases may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on NC LIVE, see the How to Use NC LIVE tutorial.
MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS IN PRINT A listing of the library's periodical subscriptions, and holdings of local newspapers in print and on microfilm can be found in the library's Periodicals Reading Room or on the library webpage under Periodicals.
MICROFILM Although mostly replaced by electronic resources, microfilm of census records, county court records, and local newspapers are retained in support of the Old Tryon Historical Collection. See Historical Records on Microfilm for more information.
LIBRARY WEBSITE Library staff design and maintain the library website for quick access to the online catalog, NC LIVE and other databases, and resources to assist students in performing research, evaluating and documenting information resources, and writing papers. Links to guides, handouts, resources for special assignments, and information for distance learners and the Hispanic community are provided.
Chat with a librarian.
Operated by ChatStaff and LibraryH3lp,
24/7 except federal holidays.
For most databases you will log in using your Patriot Port login, which for students is the same as your Moodle login.
For the few databases that require a different login that information is posted in Moodle in the Library Resources block under "Database Passwords."
If you are a current student or employee of the College who does not use Moodle, email your FULL NAME and DATE OF BIRTH to:
nclivepassword [at] isothermal [dot] edu
If you have problems during normal library hours call 828-395-1307.
After hours use the Library Chat.
For help on researching a topic, see Tips for Efficient Research
Centerpoint "The National Online Video Magazine for Online Educators"
MERLOT "MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments."
Washington Center National Learning Communities Directory "...a national resource for curricular learning community work