2020-2021 Faculty Handbook

Learning Resources Centers

The Learning Resources Centers provide a wide array of support services in a friendly atmosphere. In Ocala, the Clifford B. Stearns Learning Resources Center offers help through the Library, the Learning Support Center, the Writing Center, the Office of Professional Development, the Teaching, Learning, Engagement Institute and the E-Learning Help Desk. The Ocala Campus LRC is open 70 hours a week including Saturdays. At the Citrus Campus, the Dorothea G. Jerome Building houses the Library and the Learning Support Center. The Citrus Campus LRC is open 56.5 hours a week Monday-Friday and is closed Saturday and Sunday. Summer hours vary at both campuses.

Learning Resources Centers Hours

During the fall and spring semesters, the Ocala Campus LRC is open:

Monday-Thursday 

7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Saturday

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

During the summer semesters, the Ocala Campus LRC is open:

Monday-Thursday

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

During the fall and spring semesters, the Citrus Campus LRC is open:

Monday-Thursday

8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Friday

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

During the summer semesters, the Citrus Campus LRC is open:

Monday-Thursday

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Hours may vary when classes are not in session and on holidays. For more information, call the Circulation Desk at 352-854-2322, ext.1344, for the Ocala Campus or 352-854-2322, ext. 6119, for the Citrus Campus. Hours can also be found on our webpage.

Photocopying

Photocopying is available at the Ocala and Citrus Learning Resources Centers. Faculty, please see your staff assistant for instructions on copying.

Printing

Printing is available at the Ocala Learning Support Center, Building 3, Room 101.

Printing is available at the Citrus Learning Resources Center.

Library Web Page

Faculty may choose to go directly to our Library Services for Faculty page linked to from the Library Web page http://library.cf.edu/.

Circulation/Library Access Services

CF Faculty may check out regular circulating items until the end of the current semester. Non-circulating items, including reference books and periodicals, may also be checked out for a limited time. See library staff for full details. A current CF ID card is required.

Library Collections

The CF libraries provide access to print and electronic resources, including e-books and streaming video, totaling approximately 223,000 items. Acquisition of materials for our collections is based upon relevance to the curricula, benefit to the college, and cost. To ensure that the collections best serve CF needs, faculty are encouraged to actively participate in the selection of materials. Contact a librarian to suggest materials for purchase.

Library Catalog and Databases

The Library website (library.cf.edu) provides access to the CF catalog and databases, after logging into myCF:

  • The Catalog and Discovery Tool links provide information about the 77,000 books and 5,000 audio visual materials available in the Ocala and Citrus libraries and access to 100,000 full-text electronic books and 34,000 e-videos. The catalog can also be used to request books from other Florida state colleges.
  • The Libraries provide access to databases of electronic journal articles. Examples of these databases include Academic Search Complete (5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals); JSTOR (the complete digitized full text of 700 core scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, some dating as far back as the 1600s); CINAHL Complete (the full text of 1,300 journals  in the fields of nursing and allied health); and Literary Reference Center Plus from EBSCO (full-text literary criticism, biographical information, works overviews, reference essays, journal articles and reviews for 260,000 writers).

Interlibrary Loan

For materials not available at our campuses and centers, interlibrary loan service is provided. Delivery times are one to two weeks for most items.

Materials that are available at one of our campus libraries can be sent to one of our other campus libraries via daily courier.

Library Reciprocal Borrowing

CF libraries participate in a reciprocal borrowing agreement with all Florida state colleges and universities. CF faculty and students may check out items from other Florida state colleges and universities using their current CF ID.

Library Instruction

Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes to the library for instruction on class- and assignment-specific research. The librarians provide information on library services and teach students how to locate relevant information, use the online catalog and Discovery Tool to locate books and other materials at CF and other Florida colleges, access and effectively search the online databases, and evaluate the information. The librarians also create assignments specific to each class and each assignment. To schedule a library instruction session, please contact a librarian at least one week prior to the desired date at 352-854-2322, ext.1345 (Ocala) or 352-249-1205 (Citrus).  Online instructors are able to incorporate specific library instruction modules or links to library resources into Canvas.  For assistance, please contact the Coordinator of Online Library Resources and Instruction at extension 1749.  Online courses may also have an embedded librarian.  Contact extension 1345 to arrange.

Library Reference Services

Reference librarians are available to provide instruction and assistance with locating information during the hours the library is open. The librarians are also available for consultation on classroom assignments that involve the library, research or information literacy skills. They create guides on topics such as citation styles or finding information on particular subjects. To discuss the creation of a specialized handout or assignment, please call a librarian at the Reference Desk (Ocala 352-854-2322, ext.1345, or Citrus, 352-746-6721, ext. 6120).  The statewide Ask-a-Librarian service is available many hours when the CF library is closed.  A link to Ask-a-Librarian can be found on the library web pages.

Library Reserve Services

The Ocala library maintains a reserve collection of textbooks and other supplemental class materials as provided by the instructor. These materials generally circulate to students for in-library use only. If you'd like to place a textbook or any other materials on reserve for your students, please contact the Ocala Library Circulation Desk at 352-854-2322, ext.1344, or the Citrus Library at 352-249-1205 for a Reserve Request Form.

Library Liaisons

Each CF department has its own library liaison, who contacts the faculty in that department periodically throughout the school year to provide updates and information, attends departmental meetings, and solicits feedback on services and resources. 

Library Special Needs

The libraries purchase videos and DVDs that have captioning and audio description when they are available. A document magnifier is also available.  If students require special assistance, faculty should notify library staff.

Special Collections

Other resources available to CF faculty, students and community are the special collections donated to the CF Foundation and located in the Learning Resources Centers and other parts of the campus. The Ocala collections include the Wisdom Traditions Collection, the Kenneth H. "Buddy" MacKay Congressional Books,  the Hartigan Equine Collection, the Abraben Architectural Collection and the Ocala Royal Dames Cancer Research Collection. The Ocala LRC also houses regalia from Congressman Clifford B. Stearns, his congressional desk, flags, and books. Governor Bryant's donated desk is housed on the second floor of the Bryant Student Union. The Citrus Learning Resources Center houses the Walker Environmental Science Collection.

Library Suggestions/Ideas

Faculty are encouraged to give ideas and suggestions to the library staff. Email them directly to the Reference Desk at library@cf.edu. We welcome input and collaboration with faculty in order to provide the best possible service to the students, faculty, staff and community.