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:
- Determine the type and extent of information needed;
- Choose from a variety of sources and formats to select and access the information effectively;
- Evaluate the information and its sources for appropriateness and credibility;
- Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base;
- Use the information effectively to accomplish an identified purpose;
- Understand the economic and social issues surrounding the use of the information;
- Use the information ethically and legally.
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.
- Students must be prepared to show valid NHTI student ID when requested by NHTI Security, NHTI Library staff or other NHTI staff.
- Library computers are for use by NHTI students, faculty and staff only.
- The Library and Instructional lab are study and learning environments in a teaching Library. Please be considerate of other students' rights by being quiet. Patrons are asked to silence cell phones throughout the Library - conversations should be taken out of the Library.
- Eating is prohibited in computer labs at all times. Beverages in covered containers are allowed. Dispose of waste properly.
- Do not place books or personal belongings on any printer, monitor, or computer equipment. This can interfere with hardware operation and/or inhibit proper cooling functions for the equipment.
- Students are responsible for cleaning up any area they use-this includes discarding scrap paper or printouts in their proper recycling or trash receptacle.
- Children are allowed on a space available basis and must be supervised and exhibit behavior appropriate to an Academic Library and/or a college classroom.
- Loading or installation of any software/programs/games on hard drive is prohibited. In addition, any alteration of system settings or configuration is prohibited. High network traffic may result in temporary prohibitions including, but not limited to, gaming, instant messaging, and email.
- The display or transmission of threatening, obscene, or harassing materials is prohibited.
- Students are asked to silence their cell phones and electronic pagers while using the Library - cell phone conversations should be taken out of the Library.
- The connection of outside equipment to NHTI computer equipment is prohibited unless specific authorization is granted by NHTI faculty or staff.
- Printing is through the student Papercut account. Copies are 10 cents per page; color copies are available at $1.00 per page; and, scanning is free of charge.
- Permission for after-hours use may be sought from NHTI faculty; a "Room Usage After Hours" form should be obtained and presented to NHTI Security upon request.
- Additional rules may apply in particular labs.