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Faculty & Staff Orientation to Library Services View information on library resources and services including databases, purchase recommendations, library instructional support, TexShare memberships, Interlibrary Loan, and reserve services as presented by Vernon College instructors. Special thanks are extended to those faculty members who participated in developing the video.

Library Catalog :

The online catalog may be searched for eBooks and print titles held at all VC library or resource center locations. Searches may be limited by campus or by eBook availability. Additionally, results may be sorted by title, author, or publication date. Book Collections: Print and Electronic Print Collections : The Vernon College Library System maintains print collections in Vernon, Century City Center, and Skills Training Center. There are over 26,000 volumes housed in the Wright Library on the Vernon Campus. Collections include reference materials as well as general circulating titles supporting all academic areas. Circulation : Books may be borrowed for a period of up to 3 months; however, these books are subject to recall if they are in demand. Books from the McNaughton section may be checked out for two weeks.


E-books are conveniently accessible from the library catalog.

To limit your search to online availability:

 Go to the library catalog.  Enter your search term/s.  Use the filters in the left menu bar to limit your results to e-books.  Use the drop-down menu to sort your results by author, title, relevance, publication date, etc.

 Click on Downloadable to checkout and download the e-book.

Checking-out and Downloading eBooks : E-books can be checked out and downloaded to an iPad, PC, or other personal device. E-books are loaned for a period of 1 – 7 days. Once the checkout period has expired, the book is rendered inaccessible and automatically returned for use by other patrons. Books may also be returned any time prior to the date due. If the book is in use, you will be given the option of placing the book on hold. Once the book is available, you will be notified via email and given 2 days in which to checkout the book before it is released from the hold. Access to Print Collection on Vernon Campus Online instructors and faculty based in Wichita Falls may request books from the main collection in Vernon. Requests may be submitted in person at any library location or filed electronically via the Interlibrary Loan form accessible from the library homepage. Upon receipt of your request, the books will be mailed to your designated campus. Books can be returned to any VC library location.

Remote Access to Databases

Databases: The library provides off-campus access to full-text periodical databases supporting all subject areas. In addition to full text journals, databases offer access to reference sources, newspapers, career resources, and specialized databases such as CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Please see the following section for a listing of databases with descriptions. To access remotely:  Go to the Library Homepage.  Select “ Articles ,” one of the three main content items on the homepage.  Choose a main subject area.  Select a database.  Off Campus Login : After selecting a database, you will be prompted to login with your library card/ID number and PIN. You may contact the library staff by phone or by email to request a customized card number and PIN of your choice. Email librarian@vernoncollege.edu or phone extension 2227 and specify: -- A library ID number of at least 5 digits of your choice. -- A 4 digit number of your choice for your PIN. Please note that persons already having a library-issued barcode number are also welcome to change their ID numbers and PIN’s. You will be notified when your account has been established or updated.

Databases by Subject

General Research & Reference Databases

 Academic Search Complete The library’s premier multidisciplinary database, Academic Search Premier searches hundreds of journals for full-text articles covering nearly all subject areas. At the “Help” menu, researchers may select “Styles of Citation” to view explanations with examples for citing the articles in the MLA or other documentation style.  JSTOR The JSTOR Essential Collection provides full-text access to 684 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences. Content covers core subject areas including history, education, language and literature, business, and political science. The database features full runs of all journals from the first issue published up to the most recent with a 3-5 year publisher delay.

 Opposing Viewpoints in Context Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a comprehensive research tool for in depth coverage of important social issues of the day. In addition to the pro/con viewpoint essays, information includes topic overviews, primary source documents, periodical articles, and statistical tables, charts, and graphs.  Newspaper Source Newspaper Source provides full text coverage of many national, international, and regional newspapers. Coverage includes USA Today , The Washington Post , The Washington Times , The Times (London), Toronto Star , and others. Additionally, radio and television news transcripts are included for CNN, Fox News, and CBS News.  Credo Reference This database provides access to a core collection of reference materials in various subject areas. Resources include subject specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc.  Encyclopedia Britannica  Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete provides full text journal coverage in many subject areas including agriculture. Journal coverage includes Agriculture Reviews , Agricultural Science Digest , Agriculture & Forestry , and others.  Business Source Complete In addition to comprehensive coverage of business journals and magazines, the database offers detailed company/industry information for many of the largest public and private companies. General business magazines include Money , Forbes , Bloomberg Business Week , Fortune , and more.  Small Business Reference Center This resource provides a wealth of information on how to start and manage a small business. Content covers business basics, state specific start-up information, business videos, and industry information by small business type.  Regional Business News Business publications on a regional level include newspapers, trade publications, magazines and newswires, and radio and TV news transcripts.  Professional Development Collection The Professional Development Collection offers full text coverage of over 500 noted education journals. Titles include Distance Education , Journal of Higher Education , College Teaching , Academic Leader , College Student Journal , and many others.

Agriculture, Business, and Education Databases

Government, History, and Politics Databases

 Academic Search Complete Academic Search Complete supports political and historical research with full text access to many scholarly journals including: American Heritage , Journal of American History , American Nineteenth Century History , History Review , American Journal of Political Science , Journal of Democracy , and others.  JSTOR The JSTOR Essential Collection supports historical research with full text access to scholarly journals and primary source materials. The database features full runs of all journals from the first issue published up to the most recent with a 3-5 year publisher delay.  Handbook of Texas: “A Digital Gateway to Texas History” A project of the Texas State Historical Association, the Handbook is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture.  Texas Reference Center Content includes journals, reference sources, and books relevant to Texas history, culture, agriculture, business, and health. Publications include: Texas Monthly , Fort Worth Business Press , Texas Agriculture Magazine , and the noted reference source, Texas Almanac .  Heritage Quest A premier genealogical research tool, the database provides access to family and local histories, U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, genealogical serials, and primary sources in full image.  Military & Government Collection The database includes full text coverage of almost 300 journals and periodicals with information pertaining to all branches of the military and government. In addition to addressing current topics in both fields, the database also places events in historical context through primary source documents from the publication, Essential Documents in American History .

Medicine and Science Databases

 Nursing Community College Extended Journal Collection This database provides full text access to 33 nursing specific journals. Titles include American Journal of Nursing , Nursing , American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing , Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , OR Nurse , Nursing Made Incredibly Easy , and others.

View Demo: Nursing Collection

 Health Source: Nursing: Academic Edition This resource offers full text journal coverage in many medical related fields with an emphasis on nursing and other allied health professions.  Science and Technology Collection EBSCOhost’s Science and Technology Collection provides full text journal coverage in many topics related to science and technology including biology, chemistry, physics, computer technology, etc. Journals include American Scientist , Bioscience , American Journal of Bioethics , Journal of Ecology , Geographical Review , Chemistry and Ecology , and others.  Science in Context The database covers the most significant science topics of the day through an interesting and engaging user interface. Content includes information from authoritative reference sources, scholarly journals, news articles, and audio-visual files.  Proquest SciTech Premium Collection Information covers natural sciences and technology through scholarly journals, trade & industry journals, magazines, technical reports, and more.  Literary Reference Center The database provides access to literary criticism, work overviews, and author biographies from noted reference works and scholarly literary journals.  Academic Search Complete This multidisciplinary database provides full-text access to numerous scholarly journals in literature. The database features an intuitive search interface with a number of limiters to help customize the search. Researchers can select “literary criticism” from the “Document Type” drop down menu.  JSTOR The JSTOR Essential Collection offers considerable journal coverage in literature and is a good resource to consult for literary criticism.  Digital Theatre Plus This resource features numerous full-length productions performed by world-class theatre companies including Broadway HD. The database also includes a variety of instructional materials for incorporating content into the curriculum.  20 th Century American Poetry and 20 th Century English Poetry These resources include comprehensive collections of poetry written by the most important and studied poets of the 20 th Century. The English collection includes over 600 volumes of poetry written by noted poets such as Robert Graves, A.E. Housman, W.B. Yeats, and Thomas Hardy. Readers may search by author as well as by keyword within the poem, first line, or title.

Literature & Arts Databases

Psychology & Sociology Databases  Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection

Close to 450 full text journals address many areas in the fields of psychology and behavioral sciences including counseling, emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry, mental processes, etc. Journals include Psychology Today , Journal of Popular Culture , and Journal of Psychology .

 Academic Search Complete Topics in the fields or psychology and sociology are covered in this multidisciplinary database. Journals include Sociological Review , Social Science Quarterly , Journal of Social Psychology ,  Religion and Philosophy Collection This resource offers full text journal coverage on many related topics including biblical studies, major denominations, religious history, world religions, political philosophy, and moral philosophy.  Learning Express Library Learning Express Library features unlimited access to practice tests based on current licensing exams in the fields of nursing (NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN), law enforcement, emergency medical services, automotive technology, cosmetology, dental assisting, and surgical technology. Tests include instant scoring with answer explanations. There are also skill building modules for math, reading, science, grammar/writing, and software applications.  Job and Career Accelerator Job and Career Accelerator helps individuals explore careers, develop resumes, and search for jobs.  Vocational and Career Collection Full text coverage of nearly 350 vocational, trade, and industry related periodicals are included in the collection. Publications include: Modern Machine Shop , Wireless Week , Computer World , Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration News , and others.  Small Engine Repair Reference Center This resource provides assistance with routine maintenance and repair of small engines. The user-friendly interface allows users to search by product type, model/engine type, and model numbers.  Home Improvement Reference Center The Home Improvement Reference Center offers users access to a comprehensive collection of how-to information on home improvement and repair projects. Content includes multimedia and full text access to books and magazines covering topics such as remodeling, wiring, plumbing, outdoor improvements, and more.  Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center How-to instructions for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts, and recreation activities are included in this resource. Categories include needlecrafts and textiles, scrapbooking and paper crafts, collecting, arts and crafts, and more.

Technical, Vocational, & Recreational Databases

Downloading Library E-Books

Download E-books to a Chrome Book

 Download the e-reader app, OverDrive , to your Chrome Book. OverDrive is available from the Google Play Store.

Download E-books to an iPad or PC

 Create an Adobe ID. o Go to: https://www.adobe.com o Click Sign In (upper right corner of screen). o Click Get an Adobe ID. o Before you download an eBook to Adobe Digital Editions, you will be prompted to authorize the app with you Adobe ID. Note : Leave the default eBook Vendor selected as Adobe ID .  Download the Adobe Digital Editions App from your device’s app store. o Google Play for Android phones and tables o iTunes App Store for Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch o For Windows:  Go to https://www.adobe.com  Do a site search for Adobe Digital Editions.  Click on the link labeled Adobe Digital Editions Download. Note: The Overdrive app is recommended for Kindle Fire tablet users.

Select an e-book from the library catalog.

 Go to the library catalog at https://library.vernoncollege.edu  Enter your search term/s and click Search .

 Use the filters on the left to limit your results to e-books.

 Use the drop down menu to sort the results by author, title, or publication date.

 Click on Downloadable to check-out and download the e-book.

 Login with your VC student ID number and PIN without typing Chaps with the number.

Click on Full Download.

 Click on Create Account to create your personal EBSCOhost account. This account is needed in order to checkout e-books.

 Select the number of days (1-7) that you would like to borrow the book and then click Full Download .

 You will receive a notification that the download was successful.

 To open the book, click on the link to the downloaded file in the lower left corner of the screen or open OverDrive on your Chrome Book or Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or iPad.

Note: At the end of the checkout period, the book is rendered inaccessible and automatically returned for use by other patrons. Books may also be returned any time prior to the date due. Holds: If the e- book is in use, you will be given the option of placing the e-book on hold. Once the e-book becomes available, you will be notified via email and given 2 days in which to checkout the e-book before it is released from the hold.

Library Instructional Support

Classroom Presentations : The library will provide brief orientations or course specific library instruction at the request of faculty. Instructional sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the specific assignment or research project. Each session focuses on introducing relevant resources and on demonstrating strategies for searching specific databases. To schedule a presentation, instructors are asked to contact Marian Grona at mgrona@vernoncollege.edu in Vernon and Stephen Stafford at sstafford@vernoncollege.edu at Century City Center. Online Presentations : Orientations or course specific library instruction are also available online. Contact Marian Grona at mgrona@vernoncollege.edu for assistance in scheduling an online presentation. Research Guides : Research guides suggest databases and other informational sources which support specific subject areas such as composition, biology, psychology, nursing, etc. Assistance in selecting a topic, narrowing the focus of the topic, and in identifying keywords or concepts to use in the database search strategy is provided. The guides are accessible via the “Research Assistance” link on the library homepage. Tutorials: A number of tutorials are available to assist students in accessing and using library resources.  Database Search Tutorial: This tutorial provides tips and strategies for searching the library’s popular multidisciplinary database, Academic Search Complete. The tutorial includes printed instructions as well as an interactive video component that covers information literacy competencies such as combining search terms, differentiating between primary and secondary sources, and recognizing the characteristics of scholarly journals as compared to popular magazines.

 Catalog Search Tutorial: This tutorial will assist students in developing successful search strategies for locating books by author, title, or subject searches.

 Video Tutorials : A complete listing of video tutorials includes the following:

Database Search Tutorial

Catalog Search Tutorial

Searching the Nursing Collection

Faculty Orientation to Library Services

Intercampus and Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan : VC faculty and staff may submit Interlibrary Loan requests in person or online to obtain books, articles, and other informational materials which are unavailable within the VC Library System. Request may be filed electronically via the Interlibrary Loan form . Patrons may go directly to the page or link to the form from the library homepage. Intercampus Transfers : Books will also be transferred between campuses at the instructor’s request. The Interlibrary Loan form may also be used for intercampus transfers.

Purchase Recommendations

The library welcomes faculty participation in the selection of library materials. Instructors may submit recommendations via the Purchase Recommendations form . Instructors are also welcome to submit publisher catalogs or lists with multiple selections to any library staff member.

TexShare Card Program

A TexShare Card entitles cardholders to full borrowing privileges and services offered by participating public and academic libraries throughout Texas including the Moffett Library at MSU. Instructors may contact the library staff in person, by phone, or by email at librarian@vernoncollege.edu to request the card. TexShare is a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. When using a TexShare Card:  Present valid identification along with the TexShare Card in order to borrow materials from participating TexShare libraries.  Agree to return materials to the library from which they were borrowed, not the VC library.  Return materials in person or by other methods outlined in the library’s lending policy.  Be responsible for any charges for late, damaged, or lost materials.  Lending policies are made by the individual libraries that participate in the TexShare Card program. Because of this, lending policies may vary from library to library. Be sure to check the lending policies for the library you wish to use.

Online Reference Assistance: Email or Live Chat

Library assistance is available in person or online via email and live chat. Instructors may email librarian@vernoncollege.edu or request chat support via the icon located on the library homepage.

Chat Room Schedule Fall & Spring Semesters 9:00 am – 11:00 am Monday – Friday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday – Thursday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday – Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sunday

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms are available in the Wright Library in Vernon and at the Century City Library. All rooms are equipped with computers and test-taking technologies including the LockDown Browser, Respondus Monitor, and webcams. The rooms may also be reserved. Patrons are asked to contact the library staff regarding room availability and scheduling information. Email librarian@vernoncollege.edu or phone 940-552- 6291 extension 2227 in Vernon or 940-696-8752 extension 3220 at Century City.

Evaluation of Library Services

Surveying user opinions and recommendations is essential in improving existing services and in developing new programs which more effectively serve the informational needs of all VC students and faculty. Faculty are surveyed annually in the spring. Distance learners and students attending classes on-site in Vernon are surveyed in the fall, while on-site students in Wichita Falls and Seymour are surveyed in the spring.

Bibliographic Services

Library staff will assist faculty members in preparing subject area bibliographies or bibliographies for special projects.

Reserve Services

The library will assist faculty in maintaining reserve collections with books, articles, and other academic materials circulated in-house for a period specified by the instructor. Materials on reserve will be kept at the circulation desk and must be requested by the student. A faculty member may place personal materials on reserve for student use with the assurance that the library staff will make every effort to protect the material. Instructors are asked to contact the library staff by phone or email for assistance with reserve services. Email librarian@vernoncollege.edu or phone extension 2227 in Vernon or extension 3220 at Century City. Hours of Operation Fall and Spring Semesters

Vernon Campus

Monday – Thursday

7:30 am – 9:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday Sunday

Century City Center

Monday – Thursday

7:30 am – 9:00 pm 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 9:00 am -- 2:00 pm 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Saturday Sunday

Skills Training Center

Open anytime classes are in session

Chaparral Room The Chaparral Room, located in Room 200 in the Wright Library on the Vernon campus, is available for small-group meetings. The room is equipped with a small kitchen as well as various presentation technologies. Scheduling the use of the Chaparral Room shall be done by submitting a Facility Reservation Form toMichelleWhite, Administrative Assistant for HR and Physical Plant at least five working days prior to the planned activity. The Facility Reservation Form includes space for requesting special equipment or technologies such as a laptop computer and projector.

Library Assistance at STC

Live, synchronous reference assistance is available via web conferencing at Skills Training Center. Video/audio technologies and application sharing capabilities ensure efficient communication and collaboration between library staff and STC students, faculty, and staff.

In-House Periodicals

The library maintains subscriptions to a variety of print periodicals. The availability of periodical titles is based on the subject areas offered on each campus. The latest issue of each softbound periodical is shelved in the current periodical section. When an issue is replaced with a new copy, the old one is stored in the back periodical section. Most are kept for two to five year, some longer where space and use allow. The bibliography of in-house periodicals includes titles, subscription dates, and locations for each of the periodicals held in the Vernon College Library System. Routing of In-House Periodicals : As a service to faculty and staff, current scholarly journals may be circulated upon written request. Instructors and staff interested in being placed on a routing list are asked to contact Krista Parrett, Technical Services Associate, at kparrett@vernoncollege.edu These publications need to be returned as soon as possible so that they may be available to others. Back issues of periodicals may be checked out for short periods of time by faculty and staff. Purpose The purpose of this policy is to guide the growth and maintenance of the library collection in accordance with the Vernon College Mission Statement (Appendix A) and the Library Mission Statement (Appendix B). Responsibility for Collection Development The Director of Library Services assumes responsibility for material selection with the help of faculty who are responsible for the recommendation of titles in their subject fields. All library users are encouraged to make requests for library purchases. Requests may be submitted online via the Purchase Recommendation form. Budget The Library receives funding from the College to purchase new materials. These resources may be supplemented by grants and donations. There is no specific allocation for individual disciplines. This allows for greater flexibility in meeting departmental and program demands, as well as patron requests. Collection Maintenance Periodically, library staff will evaluate the collection to identify materials for withdrawal. These include items that are outdated, damaged, non-circulated, and/or contain inaccurate information. Faculty members are consulted when materials in their discipline are being considered for withdrawal. Faculty involved in program-discipline evaluations are also asked to review library collections and to submit recommendations for the purchase of new materials. Damaged and missing materials are not automatically replaced. Collection Development Policies

Intellectual Freedom The library upholds the principles of the “Library Bill of Rights” as detailed in this section. The collection will reflect the widest variety of viewpoints. Ownership should not be interpreted as endorsement, but rather as the fulfillment of a responsibility to present all sides of a question. Materials for the library should be selected without partisanship or prejudice. The maturity of the readers for whom they are intended is assumed. Serious objections to library materials will be registered and presented on a Reconsideration of Book and Non-Book Materials form. This objection will be reviewed by the Director of Library Services, the Library Committee and concerned faculty. The recommendation of the Library Committee will be referred to the appropriate Dean for consideration. L IBRARY B ILL OF R IGHTS The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Gift and Donation Policy Gifts of either materials or money to purchase library materials will be welcomed, provided it is understood that each gift will be evaluated for use in the library. Materials that do not meet the collection guidelines will be disposed of as the library sees fit.

Selection Guidelines

Materials are selected according to the following criteria: 1. Support of the College’s educational curriculum 2. Correlation with the existing collection 3. Appropriate level 4. Accuracy and objectivity

5. Reputation of author and/or publisher 6. Currency/permanence of the material

Policies by Format of Material

Books: Hardcover books are preferred due to their durability. Paperbacks may be purchased for rapidly changing topics. Multiple copies are discouraged. Textbooks: The library will not purchase copies of currently used textbooks unless that title is considered an important source in its own field. Periodicals: Guidelines for the selection of print serials include the availability of their contents in indexes and their cost in proportion to anticipated use. Full-text availability from one of the subscription databases will be another factor in determining whether to subscribe to the print version. Electronic Resources: Electronic resources are defined as any material requiring a computer for access. When choosing the format of a resource that is available electronically or in print, the following will be considered:

Equivalency of price

• Availability of equipment needed for access • Inherent advantages of electronic resources over print resources: Providing multi-user and remote access

More sophisticated searching tools Less vulnerable to damage and theft A significant amount of space is saved May be frequently updated

Videos: Audiovisual materials are purchased by recommendation from faculty.

Foreign Language Materials: Foreign language materials will be purchased if they can be used in support of the language courses offered or there is evidence of their immediate usefulness to the students and faculty.

Popular Fiction: The library will purchase popular fiction and non-fiction in order to encourage reading as a recreational habit.

Copyright The Library supports the copyright law and recognizes “fair use” by educational institutions.

Policy Review The collection development policy will be reviewed by library staff, college faculty, and the Library Committee for revision when appropriate.

Learning Resources/Library Committee Responsibilities

The Learning Resources Committee studies, evaluates and advises about library services. The Learning Resources Committee is responsible for the following:

 To assist in conducting short and long-range planning for services and facilities.  To review and evaluate the library mission in relation to the College purpose.  To promote the use of the library as an essential resource for learning and to evaluate the effectiveness of those resources.  To conduct and /or assist in appropriate studies which demonstrate institutional effectiveness.  To assist the Records Management Officer in providing for efficient, economical, and effective controls over the creation, distribution, organization, maintenance, use, and disposition of all Records Management records of the College.  To develop and maintain a comprehensive system of integrated procedures for the management of records consistent with the requirements of the Texas Local Government Records Act and accepted records management procedures.  To make recommendations to the President. Library services for Vernon College exist to support the instructional program by providing materials and services to students, faculty and staff. Library services were first offered in the Learning Resource Center on the Vernon campus in 1972 when classes met for the first time. The name was changed to Wright Library in 1988. This was done in memory of Leroy and Una Lee Wright, founders of the Wright Brand Foods. As other campuses were established, library services were extended to these satellite centers. There are collections of print materials located at the Century City Center, the Skills Training Center, and the Seymour Nursing Center. Collections of electronic resources are available via the Internet. History of Library Program

Appendix A

Vernon College Mission Statement

The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to:  Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;  Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;  Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;  Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;  Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ;  A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;  Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;  Support services for educational programs and college-related activities;  Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and  Such other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

Appendix B

Library Mission Statement

The library, organized and managed for the user, seeks to provide the resources and services necessary to support the purpose of the college. The program exists to support, facilitate, and enhance learning and is an integral part of the instructional program. Therefore, the mission of the library is as follows: 1. To provide the primary and secondary materials needed to support all aspects of the educational enterprise, including basic academic programs, technical and vocational programs, continuing education programs, and programs of compensatory education, workforce development and adult literacy. 2. To provide an organized and readily accessible collection of materials and diversified forms of information and supportive equipment needed to meet the instructional and individual requirements of students and faculty.

3. To provide library services that meet the requirements of all students, faculty and staff so that every campus is served and all disadvantaged student needs are met.

4. To be responsive to the needs of the community it serves by providing a resource for the cultural, recreational, and intellectual development of that community.

Appendix C

Vernon College Request for Reconsideration of Book and Non-Book Material

Author________________________________ Type__________________________________ Title __________________________________________________________________________ Publisher ______________________________________________________________________ Request initiated by _____________________________________________________________ Telephone ______________________ Address ______________________________________ City __________________________________ Zip code _______________________________ _____ (name organization) _____________________________________________________ _____ (identify other group) ____________________________________________________ 1. To what in the media do you object? Please be specific: cite pages, etc._________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 2. What do you feel might be the result of using this media? ____________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 3. For what age group would you recommend this media? ______________________________ 4. Is there anything good about this media?__________________________________________ 5. Did you read, view, or listen to the entire media? ___________________________________ What parts? ___________________________________________________________________ 6. Are you aware of the judgment of this media by literary critics? ________________________ 7. What do you believe is the theme of this media?____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 8. In its place, what media of equal literary quality would you recommend that would convey as valuable a picture and perspective of our civilization? __________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ 9. What legal precedent do you cite for removal of material from the library? ______________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Complainant represents _____ himself/herself

______________________________________ Signature of Complainant

This request will be reviewed by the library director, the Learning Resources Committee, the concerned faculty and referred to the Administrative Council for consideration.

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