QUEST LIBRARY SERVICES FOR FACULTY

BORROWING

To borrow or renew library materials, present your valid faculty card or picture ID. Cards are not transferable between users.

  • The loan period for books is one term, with up to two online renewals
  • The loan period for DVDs is one week with no online renewals
  • Materials are due by library closing on the due date

Should another patron place a hold on a book you have checked out for the term, Library staff will contact you to recall the book.

COURSE RESERVES

Faculty can place print books and DVDs on Course Reserve. These can be from the Library collection or can be personal copies. They are shelved behind the Circulation desk and may be checked out during Circulation hours.

A Library staff member will email a reminder in the two weeks prior to the start of the next Block requesting a response on whether or not you will have anything for Reserves.

Course Reserves loan periods:

  • Books default to 2 hours
  • DVDs default to 4 hours
  • By request, other loan periods include 1-day, 3-day, 7-day

More information on Course Reserves.

PURCHASE REQUESTS

Fill out a purchase request form (available at the Circulation desk) or email Kathryn Neeley for books and Shauna Bryce for audiovisual materials.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS

Interlibrary loans are sourced by Quest Library staff from Canadian or US university libraries.

Articles and chapters are delivered via a digital delivery service unless copyright restrictions require delivery of a print copy. Books arrive via Canada Post and are loaned out for a period specified by the lending library, with no renewals.

ILLs cannot be placed on Course Reserve.

More information and how to submit ILL requests.

VISITING OTHER LIBRARIES

Quest students, staff and faculty are granted on-site borrowing privileges at other BC post-secondary institution libraries free of charge, and that permission is reciprocated.

All members should keep the following in mind:

  • You must follow the policies and regulations of member libraries
  • You are responsible for any fines incurred from borrowing resources at a member library
  • You are responsible for returning items directly to the member library

This reciprocal borrowing program is through the Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors (CPSLD).

Browse participating academic libraries on the CPSLD website.

Considering taking your class to visit another BC university library? Please speak with Quest Library staff to see if any arrangements need to be made in advance.

RESEARCH WORKSHOPS

Together with a librarian, faculty can assess student needs and create a workshop to address general research or assignment-specific skills. Contact Kathryn Neeley with questions or to organize a workshop.

Here are some examples of workshops we’ve run in the past:

WEBSITE EVALUATION

A one-hour investigation into what makes a site acceptable to use for academic research papers. We look at nine critical areas (authority, sponsorship, currency, bias/treatment, accuracy, purpose/audience, workability, coverage and common sense) to synthesize an evaluation of websites. Students are actively engaged in the evaluation process.

DATABASE SEARCH STRATEGIES

While the interfaces of each database may be different, databases operate on some givens. Knowing how to effectively use truncation, Boolean logic, synonyms and limiters are but a few transferable skills that students can master to maximize relevant search results.

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LITERATURE

What do these look like in different disciplines? We go over the criteria of what constitutes primary literature, and how to go about searching for primary & secondary research in the databases.

OPEN ACCESS AND THE FUTURE OF INFORMATION

Discussion on where information and information access is going in response to technological advances, differing needs of users, use of portals, etc.

ONE-ON-ONE RESEARCH HELP

Book an appointment for a personalized consultation with a librarian.