Your Success Is Our Mission
Serving Henderson and Transylvania Counties in Western North Carolina
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  1. The Library's mission is to provide quality resources, services, facilities, and instruction and instruction that support learning and promote success. To accomplish its mission the Library will provide relevant resources that support instruction needs; promote the Library to all that effectively seek, retrieve and use information; keep BRCC faculty, staff , and students informed of all available resources; engage BRCC faculty in selecting and maintaining resources – including resources–including new collections and long range plans – that plans–that support academic programs; and participate in reciprocal borrowing with other libraries. 
  2. College Library Cards − Each person using the College Library is asked to fill out an application for a College Library card. The card must be presented to borrow materials from the College Library.
  3. Book Loans − Most books may be checked out to students for three weeks and may be renewed once for the same length of time unless they have been requested by someone else. A book must be brought to the College Library to be renewed. All books must be returned at the end of spring semester for inventory.
  4. Reserve Books − Faculty members may place any book or other instructional material on reserve for a semester. Reserve Request Forms are to be completed and returned to the library to place materials on reserve.
  5. Periodicals − Current periodicals are displayed alphabetically by title in the College Library. Back issues are retained for three years and may be checked out for one week with the exception of nursing magazines. Back issues of magazines on demand are available on microfilm. Bound periodicals are used in the College Library at all times.
  6. Newspapers − The College Library subscribes to local, state, and national papers. Current issues of local and state papers are placed on the newspaper rack daily. Other newspapers may be found on the shelf adjacent to the reference books.
  7. Reference Books − Reference books are usually circulated only to instructors for classroom use.
  8. Overdue Notice and Fines − The fine on overdue books is ten cents ($0.10) per book per day. Fines will not be charged for the weekend or any other time the library is closed. Overdue notices will be mailed or given to the student or community patron; however, failure to receive notice will not be cause for cancellation of fine. It is the student's responsibility to return all materials and pay all fines. For the failure to return reserve or reference material on time, the fine will be $10. Lost books should be reported as soon as possible to avoid accumulation of fines. The cost of replacement will be charged for a lost book. Payment for damaged or mutilated materials will be assessed by the College Library personnel and will vary according to conditions. If a person has overdue College Library materials, his or her privilege to check out additional material is suspended until materials are returned and/or fines are paid. A list of students having overdue materials or fines is submitted to the Registrar’s Office at the end of the semester. Registration is not permitted until a student's College Library record has been cleared. All fines and charges must be paid and all materials returned before the student may graduate or have a transcript sent to another institution.
  9. Conduct − The College Library staff shall maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to study and research.
  10. Theft and Mutilation − Any student guilty of theft or mutilation of College Library materials will be subject to disciplinary action.
  11. Orientation − All new students will be scheduled for an orientation session on the use of the College Library at the request of the instructors, who are urged to contact the Librarian concerning special orientations to suit the needs of the students and courses involved.
  12. Resource Material Selection − Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to aid in the selection of books and materials by making recommendations.
  13. The College Library keeps its collection useful by retaining or replacing essential material and removing on a systematic basis those works which are worn, outdated, of little historical significance, or no longer in demand. Faculty and other professional staff members are encouraged to assist in the evaluation of library materials and their suitability for their subject areas.

  14. Gifts − Generally gifts The Director of Library Services will facilitate and maintain a Library Collection Development Process as a guide to the selection and maintenance of library materials, purchased from the library materials allocation, that comprise the physical and electronic collection of the Blue Ridge Community College Library.

  15. Collection Development Process:
    Materials are being added continuously and thoughtfully removed from the collection according to the same criteria. To assure development of a collection in accordance with institutional goals, the following criteria have been established for evaluation of materials:
    1. Identified need
    2. Faculty Requests/Recommendations
    3. Accuracy and objectivity
    4. Scarcity of material available on the subject
    5. Appearance in indexes, bibliographies, or professional journals
    6. Appropriateness of format
    7. Relevance to College curricula
    8. Timeliness and/or permanence
    9. Quality of writing or production
    10. Reputation and significance of author or creator
    11. Reputation and standing of publisher or producer
    12. Intended audience
    13. Price
    14. Budget
    15. Accreditation requirement
    16. Recommendation in a professionally-recognized review source

  16. Materials Selection Responsibilities:
    Faculty and staff are encouraged to aid in the selection of books and materials by making requests and recommendations via the Library Materials Request Form.  This form is located on the College’s intranet site which is available to all BRCC employees. Completed forms will be routed directly to the Director of Library Services.  Students are encouraged to make requests via Library Catalog page.  These requests also go directly to the Director of Library Services.  The Library Committee, chaired by the Director of Library Services, reviews and responds to all faculty, staff, and student requests and recommendations each semester. 
    Additionally, to ensure that all materials are collected and evaluated systematically, all programs going through the College’s annual program review process will undergo a thorough re-evaluation of current library holdings and any additional material needs.

  17. Collection Maintenance:
    Collection maintenance includes the regular and continuous process of selecting material that is no longer appropriate or is damaged for withdrawal from the library collection. This process is as important as the initial selection of the material. In addition the following criteria are considered:
    1. Superseded editions, unless previous edition is still of value
    2. Worn, mutilated, or badly marked
    3. Duplicate copy
    4. Outdated or obsolete information
    5. Circulation record
    6. Historical value
    7. Curriculum relevancy

    Materials removed from the collection are disposed of in adherence to the North Carolina Administrative Code: 1H SBCCC 400.2

  18. Academic Freedom:
    The Library supports the academic freedom guidelines in the College’s Academic Freedom and Responsibility Procedure of the BRCC Policies and Procedures Manual by fostering “an environment where faculty and students can freely inquire, study, and evaluate in order to gain greater understanding.” In addition, the Library is committed to upholding the principles of intellectual freedom and intellectual property rights outlined in the ALA Code of Ethics, the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and the ALA Freedom to Read Statement.

  19. Budget Prioritization:
    The library does not allocate specific amounts of its budget to the individual subject areas of the collection or to specific departments of the College. This allows for the accommodation of unanticipated changes in the curricula or in patron needs.

  20. Branch Campuses and Centers:
    The Library extends its mission to serve students and community members at the Transylvania County Campus (TCC) Library and all off-campus instructional sites. The TCC library houses computers, a print reference and book collection, audio and video resources, as well as access to the collections and services of the Henderson County Campus Library and the Brevard College James A. Jones Library. Materials are selected for the TCC Library in the same fashion as for the main campus Library.

    Materials for the Health Sciences Center and all other off-campus instructional sites will only be purchased in digital formats as no physical footprint exists in these locations. Materials are selected in the same fashion as for the main campus Library.

  21. Textbooks and Faculty Reserves:
    Textbook purchases are only done with a faculty request and consideration of the budget. No effort will be made to purchase textbook without the above. Faculty are encouraged to provide Instructor copies of textbooks to keep on Reserve in the library. Faculty are also encouraged to place other items that will add strength to their courses on Reserve in the Library. Users must abide by the College’s Copyright Policy when making copies of Reserve or any other Library materials.

  22. Gifts:
    Gifts are accepted when they add strength to the total collection and when it is understood that such gifts may be used anywhere and in any way needed. Storage space and staff time requirements are also considered in accepting gifts.
  23. Interlibrary Loan −The College Library offers Interlibrary loan through the North Carolina Community College System as well as a national service. Patrons are not allowed to place interlibrary loan requests if they have any outstanding fines or overdue materials. If interlibrary loan materials are lost or damaged, patrons will be held responsible for replacement cost or any damage fees the lending College Library assesses.
  24. Cataloging System − The College Library of Congress System shall be used to catalog the College Library collection.
  25. Transylvania County Campus − College Library services at the Transylvania County Campus include on-line access to electronic research materials, and a direct link to the automated card catalog located on the Henderson County Campus. Other services include audiovisuals, interlibrary loans, and networking resources. Through a cooperative agreement, the James A. Jones College Library of Brevard College provides College Library services for students enrolled at the Transylvania County Campus.

  26. College Library Internet Access − The purpose of the Library Internet Access through Blue Ridge Community College is to enhance and support the mission of Blue Ridge Community College. All students, faculty and staff, and public patrons are responsible for using Blue Ridge’s Internet resources in an effective, ethical and lawful manner. All users are governed by the Student Conduct policies published in the College Catalog. The following policies are stated:
  27. Who May Access − Blue Ridge Community College students, faculty and staff have first priority on using Internet access for research and other college related uses. Public patrons (defined as users not registered for any college class or course) may use Internet access if it does not conflict with the College’s mission and the user has obtained permission from a college supervisory official for that use. Public patron use of Internet resources is a privilege, not a right, and interference with the college’s mission will result in cancellation and/or denial of the privilege.
  28. Instruction on Library Internet Access − An objective and first priority of the Library is to provide instruction on accessing, using and evaluating information resources for students and faculty or staff of Blue Ridge Community College. Internet information is one of these resources. Library staff will provide Internet orientations, seminars for curriculum and non-curriculum classes and Non-curriculum at the request of and for Blue Ridge Community College students, faculty and staff. Public patrons may receive a brief orientation on using and accessing the Internet if a workstation is available and if library assistance and orientation will not adversely impact the ability of the library staff in its support role for students, faculty and staff. In all cases, the library will provide information to public patrons about training opportunities available through Non-curriculum or curriculum courses.
  29. Time Limit on Usage − The Librarian shall adopt and maintain procedures which assure accessibility to the Internet workstations. These procedures will be reviewed in orientation sessions and a systematic method of assigning time will be monitored by the library staff.Materials Reconsideration:
    Abiding by the Collection Development Procedures and BRCC’s Academic Freedom Procedure, materials may still be considered offending to certain parties from time to time. Library Material Reconsideration involves the completion of a form, given by a professional staff member, by the individual or group requesting the reconsideration. After completion of the form and appropriate signatures affixed, the form and the material will be referred to the Library Committee. Each Committee member will read or view the material and discuss during a meeting. A decision will be rendered. 


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