Faculty Support



Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Semesters

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Between Semesters and Holidays

Special hours will be posted and announced.
*Hours may be subject to change.



The LRC realizes that faculty and staff input is essential in developing well-rounded collections and encourages full participation in this area. Each department has the responsibility to continually assess and evaluate its collection to support student use and research needs. Faculty members can alert library staff to updates and new developments in the field which need coverage.

Departmental Allocation for the LRC Collection

Each department receives an allocation from LRC funds to support departmental acquisitions for their subject area within the collection. Questions relating to collection development should be referred to the Technical Services Director, Susan Elliott, at extension 6642.

The LRC's technical services staff periodically sends ads, flyers, catalogs, and other ordering information to department chairs to aid them in selecting materials for purchase. Books in Print database is available online through the LRC web site to identify current titles available for purchase in any subject area. Call the Technical Services Department for a printed bibliography.

How to Order

The staff accepts purchase recommendations via webform, email, campus mail, telephone, fax, or office visit. Please prioritize orders and include all known data, such as author, title, ISBN (International Standard Book Number), publisher, and date published.

The LRC asks that the LRC funds allotted to each department be expended by March 1st of each year. After this date, all unexpended moneys must revert to the LRC general material account in order to guarantee receipt on materials and expenditures of funds by the end of the fiscal year. For more information about book orders, call Debbie Lea at extension 6643 and for media orders, call Wayne Wunsch at extension 6650.

Preview Videos Prior to Purchase

Arrangements may be made for video previews by calling the Technical Services Department. Due to copyright restrictions, previews cannot be used for classroom teaching and are subject to availability. Wayne Wunsch will assist you at extension 6650.



LRC Web Site

The LRC web site is the gateway to many resources such as the Online Catalog, eBook Collection, research databases, and research tips. There are also links to other academic and public library catalogs in the Permian Basin, and links to informative Internet resources.

The LRC web site is available at http://www.odessa.edu/dept/library, or click on Learning Resources Center from the Odessa College web site.

Online Catalog

The LRC's searchable online catalog, contains a listing of all of the books located on the library's shelves and is often the first stop in locating information. In addition, the catalog lists many of the LRC's electronic books and all of its electronic media (such as video tapes). Not all of the electronic books are listed. The catalog is accessable through the LRC's web site. Click on Book Search then select Books(LRC Catalog).

eBook Collection

eBook Collection is a database of electronic books available to Odessa College students, faculty and staff. Patrons can search, preview, and borrow from over 50,000 online books including scholarly and reference materials. From the LRC web site click on Book Search then select eBooks. Remote access to eBook Collection is available for current students and full-time faculty/staff of Odessa College. A login page will appear with instructions when accessing eBooks from off-campus.

Videos Online

The LRC subscribes to a streaming video service Films on Demand which offers around 7,000 academic videos that is available to Odessa College students, faculty and staff. Access to these videos is available through the LRC web site. Click on Videos Online. Remote access to Films on Demand is available for current students and full-time faculty/staff of Odessa College. A login page will appear with instructions when accessing Videos Online from off-campus.

Online Databases

The LRC subscribes to a number of specialized online databases that provide a rich source of information for students — much of which is unavailable from an Internet search. The databases include indexes for periodicals, newspapers, reports, and books in a variety of academic disciplines. Other databases feature reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and others. Full text is available for some items. Access to these databases is available via the LRC web site. Click on Article Research. Inquiries about these databases should be directed to Pat Quintero at extension 6350/6644.

Remote access to databases is available for current students and full-time faculty/staff of Odessa College. A login page will appear with instructions when accessing the databases from off-campus.

Library Research Guides

LibGuides is ia series of specialized online research guides. These guides cover how to find books and articles, online style manuals, the library’s tutorial on plagiarism, and helpful websites for specific subjects. To view the list of guides go to http://www.odessa.edu/dept/library/researchHandouts/index.htm.

Library Tutorials

The LRC offers a selection of online tutorials. Subjects include: the library catalog, plagiarism rules, ebooks, and other research-related topics. 
To view the list of tutorials go here.

Internet Access

Internet access is available for Odessa College students, faculty and staff on the first and second floor computers of the LRC. However, searching the online databases is first priority over Internet usage if all computers are busy. The LRC Computer Use Policy is posted by the terminals. Faculty can easily access the Odessa College Mainframe or email from the public computers in the library. For information, contact Pat Quintero in the Periodicals Department at 6350 or 6644.



A collection of over 52,000 books supporting the college curriculum is available for use by faculty, staff and current credit students. Reference materials are for LIBRARY USE ONLY while circulating books may be checked out for two weeks with a current Odessa College ID. A collection of over 5,000 media titles is also available for faculty checkout and in-library use by students who have a current ID.



For books the checkout policy for faculty is four weeks and for staff is two weeks. Items may be renewed online as long as they are not overdue and there is a limit of 3 renewals online.



Concurrent Enrollment Students

Concurrent students must have their high school I.D. card to check out materials from the Circulation Desk. Concurrent students are limited to ten books at a time for a two-week period. Concurrent students are permitted to use the research computers in the library.

Upward Bound Students

Upward Bound students may check out 2 books at a time with the Upward Bound ID card, and they may also use the research computers in the library.

Part-Time Staff/Faculty – Continuing Education Instructors

A Part-Time Personnel LRC Checkout Form must be completed and renewed each semester prior to using the LRC. The form must be signed by the instructor's Department Chair or Director. A sample form can be seen here. Blank forms can be printed from the LRC website or picked up from the LRC.



The library card is the same as the OC Faculty/Staff/Student ID card and is needed for checking out library materials. Please guard your ID card and your library materials! If you lend items to students or co-workers that are checked out under your name, you are still responsible for the items.



The LRC must be reimbursed for Lost/Damaged materials (money is refunded if items are found later and are in good condition). LRC staff will determine the replacement price. The additional $15 processing fee for Lost/Damaged items is waived for Faculty/Staff.



The LRC subscribes to periodicals that support every area of instruction at OC, plus some general interest and entertainment publications. Current issues of approximately 302 periodicals are located on the first floor inside the main entrance. Back issues of periodicals and the major print indexes are located on the second floor. Periodicals may not be checked out. Through the LRC webpage students, faculty, and staff can access dozens of online periodical databases including some that feature "full text" and can be printed for free.

For information or questions relating to acquisition or use of periodicals, contact Pat Quintero at extension 6350/6644.



Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are located at the Circulation Desk. They do not circulate out of the building. Students who have a current Odessa College ID may use reserve materials in the LRC. Books, articles or audiovisual materials may be placed on reserve at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. Reserve materials can include items from the LRC collection or faculty member's personal items. Materials may be placed On Reserve for one day or an entire semester. Course name and number, faculty member's name, and an expiration date are required to place materials on reserve. Expired reserves are returned to the owner or reshelved in the LRC Collection. Legislation prohibits the LRC from recording student attendance through the use of reserve materials. For more information, call Linda Harris at extension 6639.

Closed Shelf Collection

Memorabilia of Odessa College is located on the second floor of the LRC in Room 203, also known as the Murry H. Fly Memorial Room. A Closed Shelf Collection of special materials is also housed there. Closed Shelf items are for in-house usage only. Contact the Periodicals Department or Circulation Department staff for access to these materials.

Faculty Collection

Books relating to innovations in the field of education in community colleges are located in an area designated for faculty to browse or check out materials. This area is located by the faculty/staff copier.



LRC staff members at the Reference Desks (Ask a Librarian) on the first and second floors are happy to assist students, faculty, and staff with their research needs. See Donna Clark, ext. 6645, or Pat Quintero, ext. 6644/6350 for assistance in finding library materials, doing research, or choosing the best sources of information. Email reference service is available (limited to brief, focused questions). Contact Donna Clark atdclark@odessa.edu or Pat Quintero at pquintero@odessa.edu.



Interlibrary loans allow faculty and staff to procure materials which are not available in the Odessa College LRC or local libraries. For more information, go to the LRC’s Interlibrary Loan webpage. Please direct all interlibrary loan requests to Pat Quintero in the Serials Department at extensions 6350/6644.



The LRC participates in the TexShare card program. The TexShare libraries have agreed to extend free reciprocal borrowing privileges to each institution's faculty, students and staff, in an effort to provide direct access to materials that are not available at the home institution. A list of participating institutions and their policies can be viewed on the Internet at https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/texshare/cardpage.html. The card must be obtained from your home library before going to the lending library. For more information, contact Circulation Desk, ext. 6640.

UTPB participates in the TexShare card program. In order to check out items from UTPB a current OC ID and a TexShare card are required. The TexShare card must be obtained from the LRC Circulation Desk before going over to UTPB. You must obtain a new TexShare card each semester that you plan to use the UTPB library. UTPB has a check-out limit of 2 items.



*Bibliographic Instruction refers to techniques in finding and evaluating information whether the source of the information is print or electronic.

Research Instruction Sessions

General and specialized sessions are available. Specialized sessions focus on the resources needed for a particular class or a particular assignment.

Sessions are also available for students or faculty/staff on these topics:
1. Searching and evaluating Internet resources 
2. Using electronic books 
3. Using online databases

A three- (3) day notice is requested in order to assure that appropriate personnel are available to conduct class research sessions. To schedule a research session contact either Donna Clark at extension 6645 or Pat Quintero at extension 6350/6644.

Bibliographic Instruction Lab/Faculty Reserve Lab

Room 204, 2nd Floor LRC

The Bibliographic Instruction Lab/Faculty Reserve Lab (204) consists of Sixteen computers and one staff workstation with wordprocessing and internet access. Also available is onenetworked laser printer, LCD projector unit. First priority in scheduling will be for the LRC Instruction sessions/services. Odessa College faculty and staff may reserve the room for class instruction. The faculty member must be present during all class usage. Please reserve the room a week in advance. To reserve the room you may call Linda Harris at ext. 6639. The key to gain access to the lab is available for checkout at the Circulation desk.



If a faculty/staff member or department has an unusual or special instructional need not noted in this Faculty/Staff Guide to Services and Resources, please do not hesitate to inquire, and we will make every effort to assist.



Periodically the LRC will conduct an inventory of all or part of the collection in order to have an accurate account of what is owned and what is lost or missing. Prior to inventory all items which are checked out will need to be returned to the LRC. Faculty and Staff will receive advance notice of any upcoming inventories.



The LRC has two coin-operated copiers available for public use and one for use by faculty/staff only. With the use of an assigned departmental access code, all three copiers can be used by faculty/staff and copies are automatically charged to the user's department. This code should be obtained from the department chairman. All three of the copiers have reduction and enlargement features.



The Options Gallery is a multipurpose room that is specially designed for art/photography shows. Exhibits change frequently throughout the year and are announced by the local news media. The Options Gallery may also be used for meetings and special events. Tables, chairs, a large projection screen, and Internet access are available. To reserve the Gallery, call the Facilities Contracts Department, Jan Hewitt extension 6754 or Leonel Loya extension 6753.



Donations of books and periodicals by faculty/staff are always welcome. Donations not needed for the collection may be assigned to the, Foundation Scholarship Cart, where they are sold to raise money for scholarships. Memorials may be donated in the name of a deceased friend or relative. Books donated or purchased as memorials are designated with a bookplate, and an acknowledgment is sent according to the instructions of the donor. Debbie Lea will assist you at extension 6643.



The LRC seriously invites any and all suggestions for improving resources and services. The LRC is a flexible entity with the primary objective of enhancing and improving institutional and learning opportunities. As with any such entity, there is always room for improvement. Complaints are taken seriously and will be answered immediately. You may contact Carolyn Petersen, Director of Learning Resources Center (LRC) at extension 6641.