Faculty Pages

Library information for the MLC Faculty.

Accessing Library Resources

This slideshow demonstrates ways to locate various types of MLC library resources.

Faculty Borrowing Privileges and Fines

Loan Periods

The regular library loan period of most MLC items is 3 weeks.  You may renew items beyond that time; if you know that you’ll need an item for a longer period, please contact Liz Wessel (x242) and she can extend the loan period for your item(s).  

*Student staff are not generally authorized to extend due dates.


Faculty do not accrue fines on library items if they are checked out at MLC using your faculty ID.  Your ID card may also be used at nearby libraries that are part of the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative (including New Ulm Public Library). You do not need to have a public library card in order to check out materials at these libraries. The faculty fine exemption will not apply to those items checked out at other libraries.


(Items borrowed from other libraries and checked out at MLC)

Loan periods may vary for ILL items, the items may or may not be eligible for renewal, and fines may be owed for overdue items.  The policies vary according to where the item came from.

To be good citizens of the ILL community and to avoid fines, please pay careful attention to due dates and return items on time. Please contact the Reference Librarian by email or by phone at (x249 or x209), with any questions regarding ILL items.  If you find that you need certain ILL items repeatedly, you may choose to place a request for the items, to be purchased for our collection.

Faculty Requests

The library director welcomes faculty requests for items that would be useful in our library collection. and will honor these requests as much as possible while considering budget constraints and current collection status.  Make a Request

ILL Search Process

In order to be most efficient with our resources and to obtain your items most quickly, please use the following sequence in searching for items.

1. MLC/Traverse des Sioux Online Catalog: The catalog will default to search ALL the libraries in the TdS System. Items put on “hold” will arrive by carrier within a few days.  You will receive an email notifying you of its arrival.

2. MNLink Gateway: Finds materials throughout Minnesota. These items are sent through a courier service. This service takes 3 to 9 days to receive.

3. OCLC WorldCat finds materials throughout the US and beyond. Items are shipped through the US Postal Service. This service takes 3 to 9 days to receive.

Reference Instruction

As always, we are happy to provide any help or instruction that you or your students need in order to use our library resources well.  Please contact Reference Librarian to set up an orientation or instruction session.

Placing Materials in Course Reserves

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Library Reserve is a location in the library where professors can hold materials specifically for a course or other school-related activity. The materials are to be used in the library and are available for a 2-hour time limit.  These guidelines prevent the books from being out of circulation and unavailable for long periods of time. Overdue fines for reserve materials will be accrued on an hourly basis, at the rate of 25 cents per hour.  The fine will begin 2 hours after the book is checked out.

The reserve shelves are located behind the circulation desk.  Requested items for the reserve shelf must be part of the library’s collection or personal property of the professor.  Our library does not accept items from other libraries (ILL) for our reserve shelf.

Important Information:

  1. Professors who are new to MLC or who have not used the course reserve shelves in the last year are asked to furnish a list of materials or complete the course reserve request form. Submit the form to the reserve librarian before the start of classes. A copy of the listed materials will be kept in the reserve area for library workers reference.
    1. Download the request form to your computer.
    2. Open the PDF document with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    3. Fill and Sign
    4. Save completed form. Note the location that you saved to.
    5. Send your completed form to the Reserve Librarian by email with the document attached.
  2. The library will consider requests to purchase materials for faculty reserve shelves on a case-by-case basis.  Requests for library purchases should be made 2-3 months before the materials are to be placed on reserve, in order to plan for purchasing and processing the materials.  It may not be possible to honor all requests, depending on library budgets.
  3. The items on the reserve shelf should be current for the courses taught during each semester of the school year.  Please review your reserve material list at the end of each semester to maintain current status. The library would appreciate your cooperation in keeping the reserve materials up to date.
  4. The materials to be designated for the reserve shelf will be processed by the reserve librarian.   To have your materials available for your students in a timely manner please submit your material list at least 48 hours before the given assignment.  Materials may be placed on the reserve shelf for the upcoming school year a month before school starts.

All reserve materials have a two-hour loan period and must be used in the library.  There will be no overnight checkout.  Special requests will be handled when they occur.

Personal books, tapes, and materials can be put on your reserve shelf.  The library will put a barcode on the material and link it to a record in the library catalog.  Security tags are available by personal request.

Please direct any questions or comments about the Library Reserve policies to the Course Reserve Shelf Librarian. Jan Nass: e-mail: nassja@mlc-wels.edu, or extension 327.

February 22, 2016

Reviewing Your Reserve Materials

Finding Course Reserve Materials using the Library online catalog.

Reserve materials for your courses can be found by searching the Encore catalog by instructor or course name.

  1. Insert your last name, course number (MUS4201) or course name (Teaching Reading) into the search box.  Search


a. Browse the Results Menu on the left, look for Course. If there is more than one course that matches the search query, choose the appropriate item from the browse list.

b. Selecting a course title will retrieve all the items on reserve for that course.

c. Selecting “Course Reserves” on the item page, will take you to the detail page, which also lists the Course Title and Professor’s name.

2. Choose Professor, all the items the professor has placed on reserve for his/her courses will be displayed.

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Request Library Instruction for your Class

Our reference librarian, Kathy Lotito, is happy to work with your classes in providing library tours, or instruction and orientation in the library or in your classroom or computer lab.  The scope and timing of these services can be tailored to meet your needs.  To arrange instruction or tours, contact Kathy by phone or email or complete the classroom instruction request form.

Add Library Resources to Moodle Course Reading Lists with Curriculum Builder

The Curriculum Builder tool works with Moodle and the library’s Discovery search to allow you to place links to library-subscribed articles and information in your Moodle course reading lists.

See our slideshow for step-by-step instructions in using Curriculum Builder.  For more information, see the Curriculum Builder section of the “Moodle Tips for Faculty” course in Moodle, or contact Linda Kramer in the library.