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The Library at LaGuardia Community College is open for on-site use and borrowing of materials to anyone holding a currently-valid ID from any college of the City University of New York (CUNY), any CUNY-affiliated school, and the Empire State College of the State University of New York (SUNY). Patrons must show CUNY ID at the entrance to the Library or, lacking such ID, must sign in with the security guard. For borrowing details, consult our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  


Can I borrow a book?

Yes!

  • Any person with a currently-valid ID card from any unit of the City University of New York or Empire State College
  • LaGuardia IDs must have a validation for the current semester (IDs from other CUNY schools must indicate currency in some way)
  • All IDs must have a registered library identification number or barcode number
  • You are responsible for books borrowed

Where can I get my LaGuardia ID validated?

ID office (C-101)

Can I renew my book?

Yes!

  • Go the Circulation Desk with your book
  • You can renew through the Classic Catalog; for more information, please visit the My Catalog Account webpage
  • You may renew any Regular Loan or Leisure Reading book once, provided that a hold has not been put on that book by another person and provided that the book is not more than 5 days overdue
  • Renewal loan period: same as initial loan period
  • Renewal exceptions:
    1. Depending on demand, most 14-day Loan books can be renewed only once
    2. 2-hour (Reserve Loan) books and 3-day Loan books cannot be renewed

How many books can I borrow (check out)?

  • Maximum of 5 books at a time
  • Only one 2-hour (Reserve Loan) book or two 2-hour (Reserve Loan) articles at a time

When are my books due back?

  • Regular Loan and Leisure Reading book loan period:
    • Students and staff: 4 weeks with one 4-week renewal (guaranteed 3-week loan; if someone else requests a book, it could be due before the 4-week deadline)
    • Faculty: 8 weeks with one 8-week renewal
  • Reserve Loan books loan period:
    • 2-hour (Reserve Loan): 1 book or 2 articles at a time, for a maximum of 2 hours, for use in the Library only (cannot be renewed)
    • 3-day Loan: 3 days (cannot be renewed)
    • 14-day Loan: 14 days (cannot be renewed)
  • Please note:
    • A book accompanied by a CD has the same loan period as the book without a CD
    • All books are due back at the end of semester”

Do I have to pay any fines?

Yes!

  • You are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, mutilated, or lost materials
  • If you have unpaid fines over $5.00, you will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school
  • Students with unpaid fines over $5.00 will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts

How much is it for an overdue book?

  • Regular Loan and Leisure Reading books are calculated by CUNY-wide policy at the rate of $0.25 per day, 7 days a week (maximum is $20.00)
  • Reserve Loan books are calculated by CUNY-wide policy at the rate of $0.10 per minute, 24 hours per day (maximum fine is $100.00)
  • Please note: You will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school if you have any overdue books. Students with any overdue book will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts.

Can I take out things like journals and reference books?

Sorry, but no

  • Do not circulate: indexes, pamphlets, periodicals (journals and newspapers), reference books

The book I need is checked out! Can I place a hold on it?

Yes!

  • You can put a hold on a circulating book that is currently charged out to another patron
  • When the book is returned, you will received an email
  • You can retrieved the book at the Circulation Desk for 7 days after the email is sent
  • Please note:
    • Holds cannot be placed on Reserve Loan books
    • A book upon which a hold has been placed cannot be renewed by the original patron
    • The Library will not recall any requested book, except an overdue book or a book which has already been renewed by a faculty member

How can I get a book from another CUNY Library?

There are two ways to get a book from another CUNY Library:

  1. You can visit the CUNY Library, using your currently-valid LaGuardia ID to check-out the book
  2. You can use the CLICS system to request the book using the Classic Catalog. For more information, please visit the Request a Book from Another CUNY Library webpage

What if I accidentally damage a book?

You must pay:

  • Accumulated overdue fine, if any, to the date damage was reported
  • Cost of the damage not to exceed replacement cost
  • Processing fee of $25.00

What if I lose a book?

  • You must pay:
    • Accumulated overdue fine, if any, to the date item was reported lost
    • Current list price of the item as given in Books in Print
    • Processing fee of $25.00
  • Please note:
    • Default replacement value of out-of-print books is $85.00
    • In the event that books paid for as lost are later found or returned, the Circulation Desk will authorize a refund of the replacement fee and the processing fee, less any overdue fines incurred. Refund will be made by the Business Office upon receipt of Library authorization and sent to the patron by mail. This process usually takes 6-8 weeks.

What if I’m caught defacing a book (deliberate removal of specific pages, chapters, etc.)?

You must pay:

  • Replacement cost of the item
  • $10 mutilation fee
  • Processing fee of $25.00

I am a College Now student taking classes at LaGuardia. What can I do with the Library?

  • You can borrow Regular Loan books by registering your currently-valid LaGuardia ID at the Circulation Desk
  • Loan period: 4 weeks with one 4-week renewal (guaranteed 3-week loan; if someone else requests a book, it could be due before the 4-week deadline)
  • Check your LaGuardia email account to stay aware of when your material is due
  • Borrowing privileges end at the end of the semester but are renewable if you take another course
  • You also have access to databases off-campus, please visit the Use the Library from Off-Campus webpage

I am an affiliated high school student? Can I borrow books from LaGuardia?

Yes!

  • As long as you are from Energy Tech High School, International High School, Middle College High School, or Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology (Wagner High School)
  • Register your ACE ID at the Circulation Desk to borrow Regular Loan books
  • Loan period: 4 weeks with one 4-week renewal (guaranteed 3-week loan; if someone else requests a book, it could be due before the 4-week deadline)
  • Check your LaGuardia email account to stay aware of when your material is due
  • Borrowing privileges end with the school year but are renewable each fall
  • Your library barcode allows you to access some databases off-campus, please visit the Off-Campus Access for Affiliated High School Students webpage

I am taking an Adult and Continuing Education class. Can I borrow books?

Yes!

  • Register your ACE ID at the Circulation Desk
  • Borrow Regular Loan books for 4 weeks with one 4-week renewal
  • May be due back before due date if someone else requests the book
  • Check your LaGuardia student/faculty email for due date
  • ID card library barcode allows you to access some off-campus databases, please visit the Off-Campus Access for Adult and Continuing Education Students webpage

I’m a retired faculty member. Can I still borrow books?

Yes!

  • You’ll need your LaGuardia ID
  • Please contact the Coordinator of Access Services, Chris McHale at 718-482-5426 or cmchale@lagcc.cuny.edu

What is the Print Reserves collection?

  • Available at the Circulation Desk and in the Permanent Reserve Textbook Collection on a first come, first served basis
  • Only students with a currently-valid CUNY student ID (students from other CUNY schools may borrow material only during intersession at the discretion of Circulation Desk staff
    Loan period:
    • 2-hour (Reserve Loan) books: 1 book or 2 articles at a time, for a maximum of 2 hours, for use in the Library only (cannot be renewed)
    • 3-day Loan books: 3 days (cannot be renewed)
    • 14-day Loan books: 14 days (cannot be renewed)
  • Includes course textbooks and required reading materials
  • Items are removed from at the end of each semester (except 14-day Loan books) unless your professor notifies the Library
  • Please note:
    • Overdue fines are calculated by CUNY-wide policy at the rate of $0.10 per minute, 24 hours per day (maximum fine is $100.00)
    • Please allow time to return your item. Lines may form during busy times. It is the patron’s responsibility to return materials on time.

What is 3-day reserve loan?

Print Reserves material that circulate for 3 days:

  • Available at the Circulation Desk on a first come, first served basis
  • Only students with a currently-valid CUNY student ID (students from other CUNY schools may borrow material only during intersession at the discretion of Circulation Desk staff
  • Loan period: 3 days (cannot be renewed)
  • May be due on weekend days (if not returned, fines will accrue)
  • Please note:
    • Fines for material are much steeper and accrue more quickly than normal fines. Any items not returned on time will accrue fines at the rate of $6.00/hr., up to $100.00 dollars. Books will be billed for replacement after 7 days overdue, resulting in a suspension of a student’s Library record, and a registration block.
    • Cannot be placed on hold
    • Cannot be requested through other CUNY libraries

What is a 14-day loan?

Additional copies of textbooks as well as outdated editions of current textbooks:

  • Available in the Permanent Reserve Textbook Collection on a first come, first served basis
  • Only students with a currently-valid CUNY student ID
  • Loan period: 14 days (cannot be renewed)
  • May be due on weekend days (if not returned, fines will accrue)
  • Please note:
    • Fines for material are much steeper and accrue more quickly than normal fines. Any items not returned on time will accrue fines at the rate of $6.00/hr., up to $100.00 dollars. Books will be billed for replacement after 7 days overdue, resulting in a suspension of a student’s Library record, and a registration block.
    • Cannot be placed on hold
    • Cannot be requested through other CUNY libraries

Do I have to pay any fines?

Yes!

  • You are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, mutilated, or lost materials
  • If you have unpaid fines over $5.00, you will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school
  • Students with unpaid fines over $5.00 will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts

How much is it for an overdue book?

  • Regular Loan and Leisure Reading books are calculated by CUNY-wide policy at the rate of $0.25 per day, 7 days a week (maximum is $20.00)
  • Reserve Loan books are calculated by CUNY-wide policy at the rate of $0.10 per minute, 24 hours per day (maximum fine is $100.00)
  • Please note: You will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school if you have any overdue books. Students with any overdue book will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts.

How can I place material on Print Reserves?

In order for your materials to be processed and made available to your students at the start of the semester, please follow these guidelines:

  • Please fill out the Print Reserves Request Form for each item that you would like placed on Print Reserves
  • Make your requests as early as possible (availability of items can vary widely)
  • Requests will be processed on a first come, first serve basis (material that must be located or recalled will require additional time)
  • If you would like the Library to purchase Print Reserves books, you must request that they be placed on order with the college bookstore via your department. Otherwise, we ask that you place a personal copy of the book on reserve.
  • Material will remain on reserve for the requested semester only. Unless you request otherwise, all material will be removed at the end of the semester and returned to the circulating collection, and personal material will be returned to faculty.

Material which CAN be placed on Print Reserves:

  • Books owned by the Library — to expedite your request please get the book(s) from the Stacks and bring them to the Circulation Desk
  • DVDs owned by the Library
  • Personally-owned DVDs (not duplicated); the Library is not responsible for loss of or damage to personal copies
  • Personal copies of books (the Library is not responsible for loss of or damage to personal copies)
  • Photocopies of articles or book chapters you are requesting (the Library does not photocopy)
  • Course ephemera: syllabus, assignments, etc.

Material which CANNOT be placed on Print Reserves:

  • Library Reference books or Reference videos (refer students to the Reference area or Media Desk where materials can be used)
  • Interlibrary Loan books
  • Library periodicals
  • Electronic Reserves material

Copyright Guidelines:

  • The Library will comply with the current copyright guidelines for CUNY libraries. Where materials do not fall within fair use, they may still be placed on Reserves providing permission is being sought from the copyright holder. The Library reserves the right not to accept materials for Print Reserves if it judges that the nature, scope or extent of the material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use, and will not knowingly accept materials that violate copyright law.
  • The following can be used as guidelines for copyright compliance: (C)OPYRIGHT@CUNY

What is Electronic Reserves (E-Reserves)?

  • Material on the web available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the instructor of and students in a given course
  • Multiple users can access the same document simultaneously
  • To access material, please visit the E-Reserves webpage

E-Reserves Information for Students

  • Search E-Reserves by course, instructor’s last name, term, or subject
  • To access course material, you will be asked to enter the password given to you by your instructor.
  • Read the copyright guidelines that appear on the screen. You must accept these guidelines in order to proceed (if you forget your password contact your instructor; Library staff cannot supply passwords).
  • Material can be viewed on the screen, printed, or saved to a flash drive
  • In order to view most documents, the computer you are using must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software. In the Library, Adobe Acrobat Reader is already loaded.
  • If you need the software for your personal computer, please visit the Adobe webpage and follow the downloading and installation instructions.

E-Reserves Information for Faculty

  • Please fill out the E-Reserves Request Form
  • Materials may be submitted in paper format, or in an electronic format (Word, Excel, PDF, HTML)
  • Lengthy documents will be broken into smaller parts to minimize downloading and printing time.
  • The library will NOT scan/place entire books on E-Reserves
  • When an article is available in an electronic journal, please indicate the appropriate database in your syllabus instead of placing the article on E-Reserves
  • Sorry, staff does not send confirmation regarding the receipt or status of a request. All instructors are encouraged to view the ERes site to check on the availability of the requested material prior to assigning it to their students.
  • Passwords will be assigned for every course page. It will be the instructor’s responsibility to disseminate the password to the students. Staff will not distribute passwords to students.
  • The Library will comply with the current copyright guidelines for CUNY libraries. Where materials do not fall within fair use, they may still be placed on E-Reserves providing permission is being sought from the copyright holder. The Library reserves the right not to accept materials for E-Reserves if it judges that the nature, scope or extent of the material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use, and will not knowingly accept materials that violate copyright law. Instructors who manage their own E-Reserves course site must obtain copyright clearance for material they place on their site. Some material is prohibitively expensive to place on reserve electronically; in such cases, the Library will try to purchase a print copy.
  • For managing your course site, or for technical concerns, please contact Chris McHale at 718-482-5426 or cmchale@lagcc.cuny.edu

Introduction

The primary goal of collection development at the LaGuardia Library Media Resource Center is to support the College’s immediate academic needs. Collection Development has a commitment to support the informational and research needs of the College’s many academic programs as well as specific obligations to support programs subject to accreditation review. The Library also has a commitment to the LaGuardia community at large providing materials of practical and intellectual value to enhance the LaGuardia educational experience overall. LaGuardia Community College is a two-year school affiliated with the City University of New York, and its numerous four-year and graduate institutions and benefits from participation in consortial programs such as interlibrary loan, CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services (CLICS), document delivery, and other types of resource sharing. This greatly enhanced collection to draw upon has proven invaluable to our students and faculty.

Responsibility for Selection of Library Materials

LaGuardia Collection Development relies upon a variety of sources for selection guidance, all subject to the discretion of the Library.

  • Recommendations from professional library staff;
  • The Library-Faculty Liaison Program, which welcomes recommendations, solicited and unsolicited, from faculty for their discipline or area of specialization;
  • Course Proposal Forms for new or revised courses as approved by College and CUNY governance;
  • Suggestions from students
  • Reserve requests

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of the subject to the curriculum
  • Appropriateness for the user
  • Potential utility for students, staff and faculty
  • Does the individual item enhance or duplicate existing coverage within the collection?
  • Quality, authoritativeness and accuracy
  • Cost in relation to need and in relation to cost of other resources
  • Reputation of author/publisher
  • Suitability of content relative to format
  • Inclusion of bibliography and index
  • Timeliness, currency, or permanence as relevant
  • Demand as indicated by
    • requests from all campus constituencies;
    • ILL requests; and
    • usage statistics for circulating and reference materials, both print and electronic. The Library will maintain usage statistics to inform decisions regarding scope, currency, and utility of collections.

Format and Type

Hardcover/Paperbound Books

Hardcover editions are preferred if heavy use is anticipated or the title in question is an enduring classic, not subject to obsolescence. Paperbound editions are preferred if there is a significant price difference between hardcover and paperbound editions. Book that are used infrequently, or have short term value, are also candidates for paperbound editions. Paperbound editions that do not have plastic reinforcing covers have them applied in-house as part of cataloging and processing by Technical Services.

Multiple Copies

Multiple copies are accommodated for heavily used textbooks, monographs, or recent titles anticipated for extensive use at LaGuardia. Purchase of multiple copies is discouraged, unless continuous heavy use is anticipated. Additional donated copies may be added to the circulating collection, according to frequency of use for the item in question.

Bindings

Items should be purchased with conventional bindings when possible. Purchase and incorporation of loose leaf, spiral bound, perforated, or other unconventional bindings into the collection is to be avoided whenever possible.

Textbooks

Textbooks are purchased for either the Reserve Collection or the Reference Collection. Reserve textbooks are purchased upon request by the faculty teaching courses being run for a specific semester. Reserve textbooks are retained for courses taught on an ongoing basis. Specific funds are allocated to provide materials for the Reserve collection.

The Reference Collection selectively incorporates textbooks to enhance student access, to maintain currency with respect to academic programs requiring accreditation, and to meet the demands of general subject coverage. The Reference section incorporates textbooks using general collection development funds to supplement both specific and general informational needs.

Donated used textbooks which are complete and in good repair are readily incorporated into the Circulating Collection. Multiple copies are maintained for the edition currently taught and for the previous edition. Earlier editions should be withdrawn subject to demand and currency.

Workbooks and Manuals

Workbooks are not purchased by the Library, but appropriate donations may be incorporated into the Reference or Circulating Collection. Manuals are incorporated when appropriate in the Reserve, Reference and Circulating Collections, irrespective of binding.

Books with Companion CDs or DVDs

Books with accompanying digital media are selected using the same criteria as regular monographs. Digital media that accompany Stacks books circulate, and digital media accompanying Reference books may be used in the Library.

Selection of Ebooks vs. Print

It is desirable to have Reference books and circulating monographs available in print and ebook form.

Ebooks as Reference

Reference materials that offer print editions and ebook access for a single price are ideal. Ebooks that charge separately for print and ebook versions should be procured in ebook format. For Reference books, the ebook format is popular with students who prefer digital access available from remote locations.

Monographs

Traditional print monographs will remain a feature of the LaGuardia Library for the foreseeable future. Major exceptions to this will include the following:

  • Titles that have continuous, heavy use should be represented in both print and ebook formats.
  • Titles that have already been made available as ebooks though purchase by CUNY Central may inform decisions about the necessity for purchasing print titles; however, ebooks purchased consortially will not preclude purchase or incorporation of print monographs in the Library’s collections.
  • Holding the same title in both ebook and print book format is acceptable at the discretion of the professional staff.

Mending & Binding

Most book repair is done in-house by Technical Services staff. Books are repaired when feasible. Items that are difficult to replace and in need of repair may be sent to the bindery as per the CUNY contract, to the HF Group of Ohio.

Budgetary Priorities for the Collection Development Process

The order of priorities for the acquisition of book and ebook materials is as follows:

  1. The Reserve Collection is replenished each semester. Requests for specific Reserve books are processed through Course Book Information Request Forms received from the various academic departments. Books are drawn from the Circulating Collection, purchased from the campus bookstore, or acquired through donation or special loan from individual professors. Out-of-date titles and titles not currently in use are removed from the Reserve Collection and returned to Circulating Collection. Damaged and worn items are replaced, if feasible.
  2. Standing Orders are materials that involve an ongoing commitment to maintain a series of volumes issued continually on a regular or irregular basis. Typically, these are Reference books which play a significant role in supporting the curriculum. Increased access through electronic or online versions has diminished the role of print standing orders in recent years. Print standing orders should be under continuous review by Collection Development. Termination of a given series should be done through a formal consensus arrived at by the professional library staff. Since it is potentially difficult to reinstate a standing order due to the expense of filling in missing volumes, the decision should be taken after careful consideration.
  3. The Reference Collection must remain current according the demands of the given discipline. Programs that require periodic accreditation review are given priority in this regard. Thus, materials for academic programs such as Nursing, Paralegal Studies, Veterinary Technician, Radiology, Physical and Occupational Therapy should be maintained through consultation with department liaisons and librarians assigned to the subject field in question. Purchase of reference books in general should be linked to curriculum support or staff and faculty needs. Research needs of students should be supported and collection strengths should be maintained. Ebooks have become very popular in recent years and vendors who provide combined electronic and print access should be given precedence when considering materials for purchase. Electronic reference materials have strong utility at a commuter school such as LaGuardia as the circumstances and study habits of many students lead many to work from home or from other remote locations. The Reference Collection is also a location for valuable and in-demand items that are vulnerable to theft or mutilation, or heavily used. Designation of a book as a Reference item or a Circulating item is done at the discretion of the Collection Development librarian.
  4. The Browsing Collection has been supported directly through the Brodart- McNaughton book rental program. This program allows easy exchange of items that are no longer current or popular for more current popular items. The Browsing Collection can also be supplemented with donated books as appropriate.
  5. Audiobooks, DVDs and other Media Items are purchased to directly support curriculum or as a response to a specific need (e.g. the Common Reading program). Media items are also added for the general educational and entertainment needs of the LaGuardia community at large.

Weeding

It is good collection management policy to insure that the collection is periodically reviewed. Weeding is potentially performed by the following individuals:

  • The Collection Development librarian.
  • The librarian assigned to a subject field as liaison.
  • Invited Faculty members in the appropriate subject field. Final decisions are made at the discretion of the Collection Development librarian.

Discards

Criteria for removal from the collection:

  • Items whose physical deterioration precludes binding or mending
  • Superseded editions
  • Items with outdated or inaccurate information
  • Excess duplicate copies Items removed from the collection should be evaluated for replacement and for the possibility of acquisition of newer editions.

Gift Policy

  1. Gifts are readily accepted by the LaGuardia Library. Textbooks, leisure reading, and academic titles are all considered for inclusion in LaGuardia collections. DVDs, CDs and other media items are readily accepted. Donations play a key role in augmenting and expanding the collections. In particular, donated textbooks can be incorporated into the general Circulating Collection. These donations have proven to be an invaluable asset to students of limited means in need of access to expensive textbooks.
  2. Items that are not needed are retained for the annual book sale, which provides the Library with revenue to purchase needed titles.
  3. Donations by Individuals are supplied with a letter of acknowledgment. However, as part of this acknowledgment, Library staff cannot ascribe a monetary value to the items in question.

Respectfully compiled by Alex de Laszlo, Collection Development Librarian, 8/1/2012


About Media Services

  1. Select and maintain a collection of audiovisual materials and multimedia resources readily accessible to the college community. Selection includes the preview and purchase of titles in support of the college’s instructional programs and curricula. Maintenance includes processing, cataloging, and replacment of audiovisual materials in all formats.
  2. Provide audiovisual equipment and software classroom delivery services to the college community for instruction and special events.
  3. Support, and provide videotaping and editing services for classrooms, instructional programs, and special events.
  4. Provide media laboratory support for individual and group assignments requiring use of audiovisual and computer equipment, including Internet access and printing capabilities.
  5. Provide additional services such as duplication of non-copyright materials, faculty previewing and technical support.
  6. Provide circulating laptop computers for student use.

Media Acquisitions

  • Available is a list of annotated subject guides of documentary, instructional and feature films on DVD and videotape, which are part of the library's collections. Any title on this list may be reserved by faculty for classroom showings. For best results, programs should be previewed in advance.
  • In addition, instructors may wish to use their syllabus or assign research projects to designate titles for required viewing. Students may then schedule individual screenings in the Library's Media Lab carrels or small group preview rooms for assignments, research, review or makeups.
  • This list represents a continuous process of media acquisitions by the Library. To suggest a purchase recommendation please call (718) 482-5432 or please visit the Video Purchase Request webpage
  • Further, thousands of additional titles may be borrowed from other CUNY campuses through LaGuardia's membership in Metropolitan New York Library Council. Please consult the Library Catalog (link) for computerized listings of these titles. For more information, please visit the CUNY Intercampus Loan of Media Materials webpage.

Reserving and Borrowing Media Equipment and Software Media resources include DVD, CD-ROMs, and sound recordings, such as compact discs and LPs. To book equipment and software, the following procedures apply:

  • All bookings of software and equipment for classroom showings require advance notice. To schedule, please come to the Media Help Desk (E-201) or please visit the Equipment and Software Reservations webpage (https://library.laguardia.edu/media/equipmentrequest/). You can book items from the collection, films from the Multimedia Roundtable, as well as equipment needed for classroom showings. Requests will not be accepted over the phone. However, the borrower may obtain a supply of media forms to send via interoffice to E-201 as needed. Any loss or damage to the borrowed items will be the financial responsibility of the borrower at full replacement cost.
  • Advance notice required to process requests is as follows:
    • in collection -- 48 hours or more
    • other CUNY campuses -- one month preferred
  • Loans are on a first come, first served basis, subject to availability of both the equipment and media programs. Bookings will be confirmed by email.
  • Faculty and staff must present their CUNY IDs when booking materials and equipment for overnight use. Some items are restricted to on campus use only.
  • The equipment and software materials borrowed from Media Services will be delivered to and picked up from classrooms during library hours by Media Services staff. After 10 p.m. on weeknights or 5 p.m. on Saturdays, the borrower must take responsibility for securing equipment and materials. Please note: Equipment and software should never be left unattended. If pickup is delayed, please call the Media Help Desk, (718) 482-5431.

Additional Media Services Resources

Video Production

For service, please come to the Media Help Desk (E-201) or please visit the Videotaping-Audio Recording/Editing Services webpage.
The following services are provided:

  • Evaluative taping of speeches, interviews, panel discussions, counseling and instructional techniques
  • Student training with video equipment and offline digital editing
  • Production of video plays or instructional tapes

Videotaping Production Guidelines

Please visit the Videotaping Production Guidelines webpage

Mediagraphic and Programming Services

  • Mediagraphy prepared related to course or individual topic
  • Search and selection of new titles related to curriculum
  • Video program or workshop tailored to needs of special project

Media Lab

  • Located on the second floor of the Library (E-201) for student assignments, media playback and independent learning.
  • Workstations and 2 preview/recording rooms provide a multitude of mediated services, such as DVD and VHS playback, digital audio recording, and video editing, along with a number of systems for students with special needs, such as Visual Tek readers and screen reading software. Full-use internet terminals are also available. The Media Lab also includes a 3D printer service. To reserve the 3D printer, please visit the Equipment and Software Reservations webpage.

Miscellaneous Services for Faculty

  • Training and instruction in equipment operation
  • Duplication of non-copyright tapes/discs for classroom use
  • Production of overhead transparencies
  • Classroom, conference or special events videotaping
  • Distributor catalogs, film study guides, and audiovisual reference materials

Circulating Laptops for Students

  • Available at the Media Help Desk, LaGuardia students can borrow wireless circulating laptop computers. Funded initially by a capital budget grant from the Office of the Queens Borough President, these laptops are available for 3 days for on-campus and home use.
  • Students must sign off on the security policy. Although standard proficiency with laptop operation will be assumed, Media Services provides basic technical support and troubleshooting, if required.

Circulating Calculators

Available at the Media Help Desk, LaGuardia students can borrow Texas Instrument TI-83 Graphic Calculators on a first come, first served basis for 7 days with 1 renewal (renewals must be done in person).

Circulating iPads

Available at the Media Help Desk, LaGuardia students can borrow Apple iPads on a first come, first served basis for 3 days.

Portable Wireless Classroom

  • This initiative promotes teaching with technology by creatively responding to the chronic shortage of computer laboratory space.
  • Laptop computers plus instructor presentation systems (multimedia projector and wireless printer) are delivered by Media Services staff to a wireless-accessible classroom in any of building on the College campus. Faculty should reserve this service at least 2 weeks. To reserve, please come to the Media Help Desk (E-201) or please visit the Portable Classroom webpage. LaGuardia currently has a number of classrooms with wireless access ports, so it's best to confirm location in advance with the Register.
  • The most compelling aspect of this program is its flexibility -- this mobile lab can be configured in a multitude of ways to promote online learning and student group projects. Given the number of faculty completing the Center for Teaching and Learning's Designed for Learning seminar, the preponderance of Blackboard-driven courses, the ePortfolio project and student website construction, we eagerly anticipate the development of innovative pedagogies in web-based instruction.

Media Help Desk Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take out something from the Media Help Desk?

Maybe!

  • All audio-visual materials may be viewed or listened to in on a walk-in basis or by appointment and may be reserved by faculty for classroom use upon written request
  • Loan period: 1 week for audio-cassettes and sound recordings
  • Do not circulate: compact discs, films and filmstrips, laserdiscs, slide sets, videorecordings

Do I have to pay any fines?

Yes!

  • You are subject to fines for overdue, damaged, mutilated, or lost materials
  • If you have unpaid fines over $5.00, you will be blocked from borrowing materials at LaGuardia or at any other CUNY school
  • Students with unpaid fines over $5.00 will be blocked from re-registration, graduation, and receipt of transcripts

How much is it for an overdue DVD?

$10 per day

The main purpose of media selection is to provide the college community with non-print materials which can support and enrich the curriculum or enhance professional training and development. Titles or subjects may be suggested by faculty, library or media staff to meet any legitimate curriculum objective or need, but must be previewed and evaluated for purchase by the Media Coordinator and the requester. Materials are identified through catalogs, screenings, reviews and television broadcasts. Criteria for evaluating non-print materials such as film, video and videodisc include:

  • suitability of content
  • appropriateness of age level, educational level
  • superior technical qualities
  • absence of racism, sexism, bias.

Before purchase, titles are checked for availability through the 2 film consortiums to which LaGuardia belongs. If unavailable, purchase orders are directed to sole venders because each usually obtains exclusive rights; otherwise, lowest price is sought.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

COUNCIL OF CHIEF LIBRARIANS THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK INTERNET ACCESS GUIDELINES FOR CUNY LIBRARIES

(Approved December 14, 1998)

In accord with the spirit of the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and to maintain academic and intellectual freedom and ensure equity of access within the CUNY academic community, the following general guidelines for Internet access are suggested for CUNY libraries by the Council of Chief Librarians of the City University of New York.

CUNY libraries should provide some facilities and infrastructure expressly for unrestricted access to the Internet. Other workstations may be regulated to allow only restricted access in order to ensure the availability of licensed databases or other Internet sites appropriate for academic course work or research.

CUNY's Open Access Policy applies to Internet access. Every member of the CUNY community with a currently-valid CUNY ID has full rights to Internet use in all CUNY libraries. Individual campuses may determine local rules governing specific terms of Internet use. Such rules include time limits, signing-up, number of users per terminal, downloading and printing.

Attempts to modify hardware or software configurations are prohibited. Internet users must comply with the CUNY statement of "Computer User Responsibilities." (PDF)

  

  

  

  

  

Please help us keep the Library a pleasant place to study:

  • Please eat and drink outside in the atrium; no food allowed in the Library
  • Water (only) is allowed, in spill-proof containers
  • Text, not talk, on cell phones; set to vibrate or silent
  • Keep noise to a minimum
  • Do not reshelve books or magazines
  • Do not leave your possessions unattended
  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • Remember, destruction or theft of library materials is a crime