NHTI Library Mission Statement
The NHTI Library is an academic, regulated teaching library which provides services to support the learning community of NHTI, and then the people of New Hampshire and the region. In addition to the traditional sources of information - reflecting the paradigm shift in the nature of libraries - the Library provides dynamic links to sources of electronic information in a variety of formats. The Library strives to maintain a standard of excellence which reflects the unique value of each individual inherent to the mission of the college. In doing so, the Library abides by the principles of the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association and by the pertinent codes of ethics of the library, media, and educational professions in addition to all Federal and State laws and regulations as may be applicable.
A valid NHTI ID card is required to check books and other materials out of the NHTI Library and to establish an account that will allow access to interlibrary loan from other libraries. Any items taken out through interlibrary loan are considered to be an extension of NHTI Library policies and are subject to costs of replacement, fees and other charges including costs of collection. NHTI students with overdue materials - including interlibrary loan items - and/or an unpaid balance will be forwarded to the Bursar’s Office and have a Library hold placed on their student account, subject to NHTI policies. ID cards for Community Members are available at a cost of $10.00 per year and are issued and renewed in the Library. Community memberships must be renewed annually to remain in good standing. NHTI students, faculty and staff - as well as Community Members - must be prepared to show a valid NHTI ID when requested. Those people without a valid NHTI ID may be asked to leave the Library.
Most Library materials are checked out for three weeks and may be renewed unless requested by another patron. Reserve Materials for specific courses are available at the Library Services Desk for use in the Library. Reference materials and periodicals are also designated as non-circulating. While a Book Return is no longer located in the Library’s outside lobby, materials may be returned in the Book Return slot at the Library Services Desk inside the building. Please do not leave materials on top of the Library Services Desk.
Books not returned after 30 days from the due date are treated as lost and the borrower will be billed by US mail for the replacement cost of the item(s). Copies of all bills will be forwarded to the Bursar’s Office and have a Library hold placed on their student account, subject to NHTI policies. Community members with outstanding overdues will be denied the annual renewal of their accounts until their obligations are cleared. Only three (3) DVD's may be checked out at any one time and only three (3) books by the same author and/or within the same subject may be checked out at any one time.
All NHTI students, faculty and staff shall comply with the laws of the United States relating to copyright. Information on copyright law is available from the U.S. Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov/). Additionally, reference is made to the “Fair Use Doctrine” and “What Constitutes Fair Use” (http://www.copyright.com/content/dam/cc3/marketing/videos/video-copyright-is.html). NHTI subscribes to a service provided by the Copyright Clearinghouse (www.copyright.com) administered by the Library which provides a legal means for the dissemination of copyrighted materials.
Acquisitions and Collection Development
Acquisitions and Collection Development is the collaborative process of selecting, ordering, and receiving materials for library or archival collections by purchase, exchange, or gift, which may include budgeting and negotiating with outside agencies, such as publishers, dealers, and vendors, to obtain resources to meet the needs of the NHTI community – students, staff and faculty – reflecting the curriculum and the academic priorities of the college in the most economical and expeditious manner.
Information literacy is a series of critical thinking skills that guides an individual through the process of collecting and using information. The process involves determining a need for information, identifying possible sources, and developing search strategies to locate the appropriate information. Further, information literacy offers a framework to evaluate and use this information to accomplish a specific purpose.
In an information-intensive world, information literacy enables individuals to master content, refine and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:
Adapted from the Association of College and Research Libraries: "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education"
Rules for Usage of NHTI Computer Facilities: the Library
The NHTI Library is an academic, regulated teaching library for use by NHTI students, faculty and staff only, and in addition to the following rules, lab/computer users are expected to comply with the NHTI Computer Usage Policy.