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Services for faculty & staff
The Library offers both electronic reserves and print reserves and will purchase reserves materials not already owned/licensed. Beyond the Library's extensive DVD/video collection, IT's Academic Technology Services provides streaming video and audio and other media support for classes..
Research education / Library instruction
Research & Instruction librarians can work with you to teach research skills in the context of a course or paper assignment. You can bring your class to the Lane (10 computers and projector) or Barker (up to 17 computers, projector, seats 49) Rooms in the library, or we can come to your classroom. We can also put together custom course guides or discuss available resources for your needs.
Your students can meet with librarians to discuss research for papers, projects, or thesis work.
If there's something you need for your teaching or research, please submit a purchase request. We're also happy to have your recommendations for collection development in your discipline. Contact your subject librarian with suggestions, to discuss how we can help support your research, or with any questions about databases or bibliographic-management tools like Zotero. Each academic department also appoints a faculty library representative.
Interlibrary Loan accounts are available for faculty research assistants. Contact ILL staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Library sets aside extra funds for new faculty to select materials for the library in their areas of teaching and research. Contact Susan Sheridan, Head of Technical Services, for more information.
In addition to books in the circulating collection, Amherst periodicals are available for 3-day loans, DVDs for 7-day loans (limit 5), and CDs for 28-day loans. Please see the table of loan periods for full information on loan periods, including for Five College faculty.
Five College Direct Borrowing (FCD) delivers materials (with some exceptions) from other Five Colleges and the Depositories to the Frost Library Circulation Desk, usually within 2 to 3 business days. Request materials through the Five College Catalog. You will receive an email when the item is ready for pickup. Items are held at the Frost Library Circulation Desk for up to 10 days.
Request interlibrary loans through the use of ILLiad. Journal articles are generally delivered as PDFs; books, dissertations, government documents, microfilms, photocopies of non-circulating items, musical scores, and items marked as missing or lost from the Amherst College collection are all available for request. Items not generally available for ILL include course reserve materials; DVDs or compact discs, and items that are rare, valuable, or too fragile to be subjected to postal delivery.
In keeping with a global trend toward making information open to all, the Amherst College faculty have adopted an open access resolution. The policy requires you to submit an electronic copy of the author's final version of the manuscript along with the bibliographical information for the article. The Open Access Policy automatically gives Amherst an institutional license, with the right to make the article openly accessible, in the College's soon-to-be-developed institutional repository. Please refer to the open access instructions for faculty and the open access FAQ for further details.
The Library supports Amherst College authors from all disciplines who choose open access publishing by subsidizing the author charges for all peer-reviewed, open-access journals. Contact Bryn Geffert regarding the following policy from 2007:
Amherst College Library Statement on Paying Open Access Author Charges
We believe that the Amherst College Library should respond to the effort to make scholarly research as accessible as possible to scholars and students all over the world by actively supporting open access publishing. OA makes digital access free to users. In the “author pays” model, authors, or their sponsors, pay fees upfront to defray production costs; libraries and readers pay nothing; peer-review is unchanged.
This alternative to traditional subscription-based publishing is championed by Nobel laureate, former National Institutes of Health director and Amherst alumnus Harold Varmus ‘61. Varmus was not only instrumental in starting the National Library of Medicine's PubMed Central, which mirrors open access titles and contains archival content for journals that have decided to make their back issues available for free, but is also co-founder and Chairman of the Board of the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
By covering the full costs of production through author fees, rather than levying page charges on authors and then charging readers to access articles open access publishers such as PLoS and BioMed Central (BMC) have transformed the traditional publishing system.
Open access is having an impact on scholarly publishing. Submission to an open access journal is certain to remove the financial access barriers for potential readers of your work -- and evidence suggests that open access publishing increases the reach and impact of your work.
Funding agencies such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, and the Rockefeller Foundation have stated policies allowing the use of grants to cover article processing charges. The Library’s institutional memberships and subscriptions provide Amherst authors with discounts or waivers on author charges at PLoS, BMC, and others.
We would like to strengthen our support for Amherst College authors from all disciplines who choose open access publishing. Beginning immediately, funding from the Library will be available to subsidize or pay in full the author charges for all peer reviewed, open access journals.