Below are policies pertaining to the Magale Library.
Alumni may visit and use ALL Magale Library materials anytime Monday-Friday between
8:00am and 4:30pm.
Alumni library privileges and guidelines are as follows:
All alumni are required to sign in and present a current ID at the Guest Sign-In log upon entering the library.
All Alumni Association Members must present a valid Alumni Membership Card and a photo ID to the librarian on duty and complete an Application of Use form in order to receive a library borrower’s card. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations to obtain an Alumni Membership Card.
Alumni must be in good standing with Magale Library prior to being set up with a borrower's card.
NOTE: Processing of your new borrower's card application may take up to 48 hours.
Alumni must show their alumni membership card, borrower's card, ID, and Sign-In each time you enter Magale Library.
Please stick to the use of Magale during the designated daytime hours of
Monday-Friday (8am to 4:30pm).
With a borrower’s card and a photo id, alumni may check out 2 books at a time from the circulating book collection for 28 days. No media materials, periodicals or reserved items may be checked out.
Alumni have limited access to the materials in the Law Room. Alumni may request use of specific volumes at the Circulation Desk. The number of volumes retrieved will be limited to no more than three. The volumes must be used by the patron within sight of the Circulation Desk and may not be checked out.
Materials may be renewed once either by phone or in person.
If a current Centenary patron requests a book that an alumna has checked out, Magale staff will ask the alumna to return the material as soon as possible even if it has not reached its due date. If a book is recalled for class use or faculty reserve, it must be returned within 24 hours after notification.
Alumni are responsible for all late fees for overdue items and for all other fees charged for unreturned items. Fines accumulate on overdue books at $0.10 per day per book. Lost books accumulate overdue fines, plus cost of the book, plus a $15.00 replacement fee. Failing to pay all fines in a timely manner will result in a SUSPENSION of privileges.
NO Interlibrary Loans are accepted; however, with a parish library card you can request any book you need through your parish public library.
Cards are not transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the card holder. No privileges are extended to Alumni family members.
Computer Use & Photocopying
Two computers are designated for alumni to use for checking email and browsing the e-Library electronic card catalog.
Printing, wireless network privileges and access to subscription databases are strictly limited to current students only.
A coin-operated photocopier is available on the first floor.
Other Services and Resources
Alumni may use the study rooms; however, current Centenary students, faculty, and staff have “priority use” of study rooms over Alumni, especially during Prep and Finals weeks.
Alumni currently attending another Louisiana college or university may obtain a LALINC BORROWING CARD from their home institution which will allow book checkouts from any college or university in the entire state of Louisiana.
Alumni who are residents of Louisiana may obtain a library card from any public library branch in their resident parish. A public library card will allow remote access to library’s databases in order to conduct online research.
Alumni may also request Interlibrary Loan materials from their public library with a valid parish library card.
The following policy has been designed to promote access to Magale's Art Gallery and to ensure all shows in the Gallery in the front lobby reflect the library’s commitment to quality and scholarship.
Library exhibits must be approved by the Art Gallery Manager & Reference/Electronic Resources/Web Librarian. If you are interested, please contact (318) 869-5058.
Exhibits are planned well in advance. A specific day will be provided for delivery and installation of the work, and another day will be scheduled for removal of materials. These dates will correspond to the hours and days the library is open.
Each lender must sign a contract which will include the period of time the show is to be exhibited, the rules governing receptions, etc., and the commission the library receives on any of the items that are sold during the exhibit.
Exhibits will normally be approved for a display period of one month; however, exceptions may be made to extend shows beyond 4 weeks.
All exhibits must appear in a finished state. No unmatted or unframed works will be accepted unless specifically approved by the Art Gallery Manager. Materials hung in the library lobby must be hung on the rails provided. No glue, tape or tacks may be used to mount items directly to the library walls.
Any exhibit costs and publicity are assumed by the artist or sponsoring association.
No special lighting is provided except the library’s overhead lights in place. Signage for the exhibit is your responsibility. A price list is to be provided by the exhibitors to be kept at the Circulation Desk for any inquiries.
Monies for any sales will be kept by the Art Gallery Manager and turned over to the exhibitor at the end of the show, minus the commission. No work will be removed during the time the show is scheduled to run, even if a work is sold.
The library is not responsible for any valuable items placed in exhibit. Lenders are strongly advised to carry separate insurance on works that have a professional evaluation of worth attached to them for the duration of the show.
NO ONE IS ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY BUILDING AFTER CLOSING OR BEFORE OPENING HOURS except authorized Library or IT staff. ALL LIBRARY EXTERNAL DOORS and ELEVATOR DOORS are to be kept closed and locked at all times.
Entrance into Magale Library is by activated Key Card ID only. Security Doors will remain closed and locked 24/7. Students, Faculty, and Staff must have a programmed Key Card to get through the security doors.
The Law Room
The Law Room, located in the library basement, is only open during library hours. Under no circumstances is anyone allowed into the Law Room after the library’s closing time.
Due to limited space, only Political Science majors conducting law/political science research are allowed into the Law Room at any time. Only those students given prior approval by the Chair of the Political Science program may utilize the Law Room.
Students accidentally locked in the Law Room after library hours are to call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to escort them out. Students escorted out of the Law Room are not to reenter the Law Room until Magale Library re-opens the next day.
The Library Basement
Faculty have 24-hour key access to their offices in the library basement at all times.
No student or non-library staff member is to have access to the basement level of the library on the weekends or evenings unless special arrangements are made with a library staff member and with the consent of a faculty member.
Only authorized individuals (ie. political science majors) may utilize the Law Room. Access to the Law Room ends at library closing hours. See The Law Room section of this policy for more information.
Basement Level Classrooms
Classrooms are available ONLY during regular library open hours.
No student or non-library staff member is to have access to the basement level classrooms or computer labs on the weekends or nights unless special arrangements are made with a library staff member or with a faculty member.
NO ONE is allowed on any library floor after the library closes.
Scheduled testing requires specific arrangements with Facilities Services and DPS when the library Basement Level is needed.
Computer labs are available only during regular library open hours.
NO ONE is allowed on any library floor after the library closes.
When a class or workshop is scheduled during non-library hours, the professor or Centenary staff member is required to make special arrangements with DPS for lab access. The computer lab will only be open for the pre-arranged, specified period of time.
Scheduled Special Events
When a College sponsored special event is scheduled during non-library hours, the college staff member is required to make special arrangements with DPS for library access. The library will only be open for the pre-arranged, specified period of time.
Scheduled testing requires specific arrangements with Facilities and DPS when the library or basement level is needed.
The library will be secured by DPS after any event during non-library hours.
NO ONE is allowed in the library attic at any time except with a library staff escort.
Technical Services Area (Room 103)
NO ONE is allowed in the Technical Services Area of the library between 4:30pm and closing time unless with a library staff escort.
Elevator access is extended to disabled individuals ONLY. These individuals are escorted to the basement or to the second floor, and all doors are locked upon the escort’s return. When the individual is finished, they will call the library front desk and someone will escort them back to the main library floor.
All external library doors and elevator doors are to be kept closed and locked at all times.
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of cell phone conversations taking place throughout the library so the rules need to be clarified.
Everyone MUST turn their cell phones to "silent" or "vibrate" (no-ring) when entering the library building.
If you need to make or take a call, please move to the library lobby area where conversations will not disturb others.
Signs conveying this policy are posted throughout the library.
If you wish to report inappropriate cell phone use, contact a library staff member at one of the service desks. The library reserves the right to ask you to leave the library if you are using a cell phone in a prohibited area or disturbing others in any area of the library.
Magale Library reserves the right to deny use to any Centenary or non-Centenary patron who causes disruption in the library, either by unacceptable behavior or by tampering with the library collections. Refer to Patron Conduct Policy for more information.
Centenary students, staff and faculty may check out circulating materials by bringing them to the Circulation Desk and presenting a current Centenary College ID card. Library accounts must be in good standing with no fines above $10 or bills for unreturned books. Verification of student enrollment is sent to the Circulation Department and must be used to create or renew a patron record.
Undergraduate Centenary Students: For undergraduates, borrowing privileges extend for the semesters enrolled. During the regular academic year this means from August to the May weekend of graduation. If an undergraduate is enrolled in an on-campus May Module, borrowing privileges are extended to the last day of the module classes. Any student enrolled in summer school has borrowing privileges for the period of summer school classes, normally June 1st to July 15th. An undergraduate who is a resident of Shreveport but not enrolled in either the May module or summer school does not have borrowing privileges until the beginning of the fall semester. When a student is engaged in a research project, the supervising faculty member can give written permission for that student to continue to have borrowing privileges over the summer.
All library materials checked out in April or December are due no later than the last day of finals. All video/DVD lending ceases three days before the beginning of finals. The exception to this occurs if a documentary or movie is assigned by the professor as a component of a final exam.
Graduate Centenary Students: Graduate students have borrowing privileges only for the semester in which they are enrolled. Thus, graduate students are always enrolled on a semester-by-semester calendar. If they are not currently enrolled in a class but are still in the program, they do not have borrowing privileges. Graduate students are also issued LALINC cards on a semester-by-semester calendar.
Full-time Faculty: Full-time teaching faculty have borrowing privileges on a year-round basis. Any materials borrowed by faculty, with the exception of Interlibrary Loan materials, are checked out for the entire year and can be renewed by request. None of the Magale Library materials should accrue fines on faculty checkout. Requests for early return of faculty checkouts can be conveyed to the faculty member when the materials have been requested by another patron. As with all transactions, the name of the person currently in possession of an item is never made public.
Full-time Staff: Full-time Centenary College staff have borrowing privileges as long as they are employed at the college. Their records must be renewed at the beginning of each new academic year. They have limited borrowing privileges and are liable for fines for any materials kept overdue or for the replacement costs for any materials not returned.
Borrowing library materials is a privilege and not a right. If a person is consistently returning library materials so late that the materials are billed out as permanently missing, an examination of privileges will be done by library staff in conjunction with the library patron. Any failure to return videos, or returning videos more than three days late and failing to pay fines when videos are returned, automatically revokes borrowing privileges for videos only. This does not affect the ability to check out reserve items or books.
There are no guest cards issued to non-Centenary persons, except by special order of the Administration.
Adjunct Faculty: Adjunct faculty have the same privileges as full-time faculty except that their loan period is limited to the semester during which they are teaching.
Archives User: An appointment with the Archivist is required for a visit to the Centenary Archives. The Archivist may escort a non-Centenary patrons to the Archives Room to pursue research. If archive materials are brought upstairs, the user must remain near the Circulation Desk to use the materials.
Centenary Board of Trustees Member: Members of the Board of Trustees may checkout items for the regular 28-day period.
Centenary College Alumni: All Centenary Alumni must present a valid Alumni Membership Card and a current photo ID to the librarian on duty and complete an Application of Use form before applying for a library borrower's card at the Circulation Desk. Borrowing privileges have limited check-out (including no interlibrary loans). Use of classrooms, and the screening room is not allowed. Two guest computers are set aside in the library on the first floor for checking email and doing research aided by the Reference Librarian on duty. For more information, see the Alumni Privileges Policy.
Classes/Groups (Non-Centenary): All non-Centenary class/group visits must be cleared ahead of time by contacting the Library Director at 318-869-5047. The requesting teacher must provide a written letter from their school librarian or administrator stating the need and purpose for asking to use Magale Library (all school resources exhausted). Final clearance to utilize Magale’s resources may require administrative approval. Once final approval for a non-Centenary class/group is granted, the class must be accompanied by a teacher, and all visitors must sign in and sign out at the Circulation Desk upon arrival and exit. As the guest book states: "The library reserves the right to deny limited use to any non-Centenary patron found to cause disruption in the library, either by unacceptable behavior or by tampering with collections or equipment". Non-Centenary group visitors may use print materials in the open stacks, the coin-operated copier and the vending machines. There are no computer or checkout privileges.
College Speakers/AcademicFellows/Departmental Guests: Centenary College speakers, academic fellows and departmental guests may use Magale’s computers and print materials in the library (no checkouts permitted) upon being issued a college ID by the Department of Security. Guests are asked to sign in at the Circulation Desk.
Dependents of Faculty, Staff, Students and Retirees: Dependents of faculty, staff, students or retirees have no checkout privileges and no computer or printer privileges. All must sign the guest book at the Circulation Desk upon arrival.
In-Coming Centenary Students: Having shown written confirmation from the Admissions Office, in-coming Centenary students must sign in at the Circulation Desk and are allowed to use the computers, but they have no checkout privileges.
LALINC Card Holder: Graduate students and faculty from other Louisiana academic institutions that present a current LALINC card and picture ID have limited checkout privileges (per written agreement), but have no computer usage.
Methodist Ministers: Methodist ministers may use Magale’s computers and print materials in the library (no checkouts permitted) upon being issued a college ID by the Department of Security. All Guests are asked to sign in at the Circulation Desk.
Other Local/Regional College Students: Non-Centenary college students need to sign in at the Circulation Desk and may use print materials in the open stacks, the photocopier and the snack machines. Non-Centenary college students have no checkout privileges and are not allowed use of computers, scanners, study rooms or the screening room. Exception: Upon presentation of a current valid college ID, Wiley College students may have access to strict reserve materials placed on reserve at the Circulation Desk by a Wiley College professor.
Prospective Students: Prospective Centenary student may use print materials in the open stacks, the coin-operated copier and the vending machines after signing in at the Circulation Desk. Prospective students are allowed a one-time use of the library computers for one hour.
Retired Emeritus Faculty: Retired Emeritus faculty have full privileges including checkout, computer use, interlibrary loan, etc.
Retired Centenary Staff: Retired Centenary staff have computer and email privileges, but no checkout privileges.
Short-Term Special Classes or Seminars at Centenary: When non-semester special classes are offered by Centenary staff or faculty, students may checkout strict reserve items placed at the Circulation Desk by the instructor. A Centenary-issued ID card must be presented to gain access to strict reserve materials. Students may use print materials in the open stacks, the coin-operated copier and the vending machines. There are no computer or other checkout privileges.
Special Guests of Administration: Guest cards may be issued to non-Centenary persons with approval of the College Administration. Approved guests may use Magale’s print materials in the library and may check out two books at a time upon being issued a guest card. Special guests may use the coin-operated copier and the vending machines. Our Special Guests of the Administration have the privilege of checking email and doing research on the two designated computers in Lab C and supervised by the Reference Librarian on duty. Some electronic databases do not offer guest permission due to institutional licensing agreements with electronic resource vendors. Guests are asked to sign in at the Circulation Desk.
Student’s Family: Current student’s family members may use print materials in the open stacks, the coin-operated copier and the vending machines. There are no computer or checkout privileges.
Theological Studies Center Students: Check-out privileges and computer use is extended for the length of the class only. Students must present a valid identification card issued by the college which indicates their enrollment in each class. Circulating materials will be due the day before the end of the class.
Tutee and Tutee’s Family: Students and their families who are part of Centenary’s tutoring or Adult Literacy program are welcome to have lessons in the library. They need to sign in at the Circulation Desk. No checkout or computer privileges are allowed. No use of special rooms, computers, or computer classroom for tutee or family. Tutoring may take place at a table on the first floor (outside of Quiet Zone) or on the second floor (outside of study rooms or the Student Resource Center).
Under College Age: High School students may use the print materials in the open stacks. They may NOT use the computers for research or expect any assistance from the Circulation Desk. Younger than high school students must be accompanied by an adult. All must sign in at the Circulation Desk stating the reason for their need to do research at Magale.
John F. Magale Memorial Library
Centenary College of Louisiana
Collection Development Policy 2015-2016
Following is the stated Collection Development Policy of Magale Library. This policy is simply a written statement of past policies and practices. In no way does it differ from past unwritten policies. This policy statement has been reviewed, revised and approved yearly by the staff of Magale Library.
Magale Library Collection Development Policy 2015-2016 (rev.)
The John F. Magale Memorial Library is a service agency of Centenary College of Louisiana. It plays a major role in the College's endeavor to achieve its stated purpose and mission.
The collections of Magale Library must be balanced with respect to points of view and subject content and must be wisely selected. The functions of these collections are to:
Selection Responsibility - Printed Material
A. Selection of materials to support the curriculum rests with the faculties of the various academic departments/programs and library staff. The selection efforts of' each department should be coordinated through the chair of the department. All selections must be critically evaluated before recommendation for purchase, particularly in years of low operating budgets. Faculty also has the responsibility to select materials to support research in their respective disciplines.
B. The responsibility for the selection of the basic collection aimed at the development of the “liberally educated” person belongs to the library staff. The staff has the required knowledge and education to critically evaluate this material and to select in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of the collection.
C. Items to be considered in the evaluation of a book considered for purchase include:
D. Priority will be given to the purchase of those materials required to support the curriculum.
E. The Director of Library Services reserves the right to question any request, particularly requests for multiple copies of the same title.
F. Primary responsibility for the selection of reference and electronic materials belongs to the library staff; however faculty recommendations are highly considered.
G. Under ordinary circumstances, Magale Library will not buy textbooks in current use at Centenary College.
H. Expensive or out of the ordinary recommendations will be reviewed by the Director of Library Services.
Selection Responsibility—Serial Publications
A. Serials constitute the major source of current information in many disciplines and are the most costly items in the library’s materials budget.
B. Hard copy serials are selected by the faculties of the various academic departments/programs and library staff. The selection efforts of' each department should be coordinated through the chair of the department in support of the curriculum.
C. Every 3-7 years, all hard copy serial titles for all departments will be evaluated by that department. At the time of evaluation, serials will be considered for cancellation and/or addition to a department's list of Hard Copy Browsing Shelf Journals. Other criteria considered during the time of evaluation include:
Selection Responsibility – Non-Print Material
Selection of non-print material is the joint responsibility of the faculty and the library staff.
Selection Responsibility - Gifts
Magale Library does accept gift items. It accepts gifts under the condition that it may dispose of those items not added to the collection as it sees fit. Gift materials are evaluated in the same manner as books considered for purchase. Gift material not added to the collection are to be placed in boxes specifically marked and delivered to the Centenary Muses Book Sale offices fund-raising group, located on Kings Highway. The book sale is in September of each year.
Weeding is done in accordance with the stated purpose and scope of Magale Library and its Collection Development Policy, taking into account the current curriculum taught and research needs of the faculty.
Materials may be removed from the collection due to age, poor physical condition, out of date edition, etc. This is a joint responsibility of faculty and library staff.
Weeding will be done by the library staff on an on-going basis in order to keep the collection
current and to make room for new acquisitions.
Faculty participation in the weeding process will be energetically requested and encouraged. Final decisions on some materials may rest with the library staff.
The following criteria (among others not listed) shall be taken into account when making weeding decisions:
The purpose of the Centenary College computer labs is to support the official functions of the institution: teaching, learning, research, and administration of the college. Use of lab computers for games or other purposes that are inconsistent with this purpose is strongly discouraged.
Group work is permitted in computer labs under supervision of faculty members or staff engaged in instructional or other official capacities. Unsupervised group activities are permitted so long as they do not disturb the work of others. Requests for quiet made by lab users who are not participants in unsupervised activities taking place in the labs should be honored without delay. Failure to do so should be reported to the lab supervisor, the Director of Academic Computing, or other college official for action according to the stipulations cited above.
Unauthorized downloading or uploading of music into network computers is explicitly prohibited.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, registration and circulation records at Magale Memorial Library are confidential. Library registration includes information required of the patrons in order for them to borrow materials. Circulation records include any information that identifies the patron as borrowing particular materials. The library staff will not release any of the information contained in the registration or circulation records except by formal state or federal judicial order. Authorized library staff may use the above-mentioned records in order to perform routine duties.
There is a soda machine in the library. We do not have any change available for these machines. If you lose money in any of these machines, you must contact Community Services for a refund.
Food and/or drinks can be brought into the library, with the exception of alcohol products.
There is a microwave oven in the back hallway of the main floor of the library that is for student, staff & faculty use. We ask that you never leave the microwave unattended. If there are spills that occur, we ask you to clean up so that the next user does not have to deal with them.
Clean up any wrappers, bottles or cans you use. In the study rooms or the Law Room it is particularly important not to leave dirty wrappers or half-eaten food or it will gather book lice, roaches, etc…and they eat book pages.
Please take care with food or drink near the computers, printers, and copiers to avoid accidents that could cause damage to these items.
Along with alcohol, no tobacco products are permitted in the library
Magale Library of Centenary College of Louisiana is committed to respecting the rights of copyright holders and complying with copyright law. Magale Library also acknowledges federally-imposed limitations of copyright law, including the right to fair use of copyrighted materials. Magale Library facilitates compliance with copyright law and encourages faculty and staff to exercise good judgment in determining fair use rights in teaching and researching practices.
Magale Library attempts to properly:
This policy includes:
NOTE: Please refer back to this policy regularly, as pending court cases may alter Magale’s guidelines. For a recent ruling, please refer to A 'Partial Win' for Publishers by Carl Straumsheim, posted to Inside Higher Ed on October 20, 2014.
General guidelines for scans or digital copies taken from books:
Instructors are responsible for evaluating, on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work to be uploaded to Blackboard requires permission or qualifies as a fair use. If relying upon the fair use exception, instructors are strongly advised to complete a copy of the Fair Use Checklist before uploading material for access in Blackboard.
Materials made available electronically in Blackboard should include a citation to the original source of publication and a form of copyright notice.
The instructor, library or other division of Centenary College must possess a lawfully obtained copy of any material submitted for electronic access in Blackboard.
If Centenary College does not own a copy of the material or is not licensing the material, faculty must determine if a digital license for the material is available through the Copyright Clearance Center. If a digital license is easily accessible and reasonably priced, instructors are advised to obtain permission from the copyright owner. For further information, see Permissions, Identifying the Copyright Owner and Licensing Agencies.
Instructors should check to see whether materials are available through a subscription database or are otherwise legally available. If so, staff should provide a link to the source rather than scanning and posting the material in Blackboard.
Instructors are encouraged to utilize open access and Creative Commons material as often as possible.
Access to course material in Blackboard should be restricted by password to students enrolled in and instructors responsible for the course. Access should be terminated as soon as the student has completed the course.
The instructor’s syllabus must clearly state that students are strictly prohibited from distributing electronic content obtained via Blackboard.
Instructors should delete materials available in Blackboard at the conclusion of each semester.
Instructors may reuse/repost content for multiple terms. However, instructors must remove electronic content at the end of each term and are obligated to reassess (determine if digital licensing is available, easily accessible and reasonably priced) before reusing/reposting digital content for each subsequent term.
Students will not be charged for access to materials on Blackboard.
Instructors with further questions regarding fair use are encouraged to consult with Centenary College’s legal counsel.
The following standards apply to any portion of a copyrighted work photocopied and distributed for student use:
General guidelines for photocopies taken from books or journals:
Instructors are responsible for evaluating, on a case-by-case basis, whether the use of a copyrighted work to be photocopied and distributed requires permission or qualifies as a fair use. If relying upon the fair use exception, instructors are strongly advised to complete a copy of the Fair Use Checklist before distributing multiple copies of a book chapter or journal article.
Photocopied materials should include a citation to the original source of publication and a form of copyright notice.
The instructor, library or other division of Centenary College must possess a lawfully obtained copy of any material photocopied for student use.
If Centenary College does not own a hard copy of the material or is not licensing the electronic format of the material, faculty must determine if a digital license for the material is available through the Copyright Clearance Center. If a digital license is easily accessible and reasonably priced, instructors are advised to obtain permission from the copyright owner. For further information, see Permissions, Identifying the Copyright Owner and Licensing Agencies.
Students will not be charged for access to photocopied materials.
Instructors with further questions regarding fair use are encouraged to consult with Centenary College’s legal counsel.
Fair Use Checklist
The Fair Use Checklist (see below) is a tool to assist you in determining whether a given use of a work is a fair use. The checklist outlines various factual circumstances that are important to the evaluation of a contemplated fair use. As you use the checklist and apply it to your proposed use, you are likely to check more than one box in each column and even check boxes across columns. Some checked boxes will favor fair use and others will weigh against fair use. The ultimate concern is whether the cumulative weight of the factors weighs in favor of fair use or weighs against fair use. The four factors should not be given equal weight, but should rather be used in a holistic analysis. Because you are most familiar with your project, you are probably best positioned to make that decision.
Before using the checklist to conduct a fair use analysis, the following questions should be considered:
All uses of copyrighted materials, whether a “fair use,” use under a license, or use under other exceptions, should include proper copyright notice and attribution.
Complete and retain a copy of this checklist for each fair use of a copyrighted work in order to demonstrate a reasonable and good faith attempt at applying fair use should any dispute regarding such use arise.
Favoring Fair Use
Opposing Fair Use
Favoring Fair Use
Opposing Fair Use
Favoring Fair Use
Opposing Fair Use
Favoring Fair Use
Opposing Fair Use
Identifying the Copyright Owner
The copyright notice on a work (e.g. Copyright © 2005, XYZ Corporation) is the easiest way to identify the copyright owner. Information regarding the registration of copyright can be searched at the United States Copyright Office website. NOTE: Federal law does not require a copyright registration.
Before seeking permission to use a copyrighted work, keep in mind that permission is not necessary if:
1) the intended use is within fair use or another copyright exception;
2) the work is not protected by copyright; or
3) the intended use is within the terms of a license agreement (e.g. Creative Commons license from the author).
If seeking permission to use a copyrighted work, keep in mind:
1) the original creator of the work may be the copyright owner, in which case contacting the creator directly would be appropriate;
2) the original creator’s employer or publisher may be the current copyright owner, in which case contacting the publisher or licensing agency to secure permission is appropriate (See a link to licensing agencies below);
3) the copyright owner may require fees for use.
Fines: Avoid fines, renew!
Overdue notices are sent to you as a courtesy.
Fines on regular circulating materials accumulate at the rate of 10 cents per day per item with no maximum fine set. Fines on videos accumulate at the rate of $1.00 per day with no maximum set. Fines on Interlibrary Loans are set by the lending library. Fines on materials recalled for course reserves is set at $5.00 per day for every day the item is not returned after requested.
Check or cash fine payments are accepted at the Circulation Desk. Outstanding fines of more than $5 will result in a hold placed on your Banner account until payment is made to the library. Partial payments may be worked out with Head of Circulation.
Unpaid fines on library video materials will result in a suspension of check-out privileges for video only; all other circulating materials will continue to be available.
Frequent or extended late periods for interlibrary loans could result in a suspension of those borrowing privileges.
Disregard for course materials that causes a class not to be able to use the materials as well can result in suspension of borrowing privileges.
Any materials that are checked out in your name become your responsibility. Do not check out items for others.
Centenary College graduate students and faculty may apply for a LALINC card at the Circulation Desk. For faculty, the card is issued for the entire academic year. For graduate students, the card is issued for the duration of the semester.
A LALINC card allows the holder to checkout books directly from participating academic institutions in Louisiana. All patrons must abide by the host library’s circulation policies and procedures.
The LALINC notebook, kept at the Circulation Desk, contains both the application forms and LALINC cards for the Centenary patrons. The name of the staff member issuing the card will also be on the card. Anybody applying for a card must be a current graduate student, or faculty member in good library standing.
All LALINC applicants must present a photo ID at the time of application.
LALINC card members from other institutions must present their cards and photo ID’s at the time they wish to check out materials at the Circulation Desk. They are limited to three items at a time, and must return these in order to check out more materials. LALINC card members from other institutions must be entered into our Circulation Borrowers system.
The Law Room is available for faculty and political science majors conducting political science or law research. Political science students require prior approval by the Chair of the Political Science program in order to gain access to resources in the Law Room.
Students and faculty are allowed access to the Law Room during library hours only. The evening librarian will begin securing Magale's basement at 10:30pm Sunday through Thursday at which time students in the Law Library will be escorted out of the basement.
If necessary, a library staff member will unlock the Law Room for any Centenary student or faculty member to gain access. All researchers must sign the log book upon entering the Law Room.
The materials in the Law Room are cataloged and can be located by using the electronic card catalog. The law books and law journals in the Law Room do not circulate.
Non-Centenary patrons have limited access to the materials in the Law Room. They must request use of specific volumes at the Circulation Desk. The number of volumes retrieved will be limited to no more than three. The volumes must be used by the patron within sight of the Circulation Desk.
All students, adjunct faculty, and staff have a 28-day loan period with 2 renewals allowable on most circulating library materials. Renewals can be done via the phone by calling ext. 5047 or in person at the Circulation Desk. Undergraduate Student summer borrowing privileges are limited to those enrolled in summer school classes at Centenary, or those who can present letters from a faculty member indicating research needs. Graduate students are extended borrowing privileges on a semester by semester basis, covering only those periods when they are enrolled in a course at Centenary.
All full-time faculty: have a full academic year checkout period, with renewals requested once an academic year.
Interlibrary Loans: due date is set by the lending library. If you need it longer, request an extension with the Interlibrary Loan Department directly before the material is due. Circulation Desk cannot renew ILL books.
MBA Projects: MBA students may check out a maximum of two projects at a time. The projects go out for a loan period of 7 days, with one renewal. MBA projects do not circulate to non-Centenary, non-MBA students.
Periodicals: normally do not leave the library building. However, faculty may sign a volume out upon request at the Circulation Desk. A 24-hour checkout to faculty is used unless otherwise arranged.
DVD & VHS Collections: The Library’s video collection has a varied loan period. There is usually a limit of one media material check out at a time. All DVD documentaries are checked out for a 24-hour period. All DVD movies and videotape movies are checked out for a 3-day period. All reference videos are checked out for a 7-day period, with no restriction on the quantity checked out. These loan rules are for all Centenary faculty, staff & students. Loan periods can be extended upon request of a library staff member. If you wish to renew anything from the video collections, you will have to bring the material back to the Circulation Desk for renewal. This cannot be done through the phone or by internet.
Any DVD or videotape placed on reserve will have a loan period determined by the instructor. Only students enrolled in that course will be able to borrow the video. Fines of $5.00 per day accumulate on reserve videos. In addition, the faculty member will be informed of any student not returning a reserve video.
All videos checked out on a one day loan period must be returned the hour the library opens of the following day.
Faculty may check out videos for an extended time for classroom use.
All video materials cease circulating three days before the start of exams each semester.
During any loan period, materials are subject to recall for course reserves.
All borrowers are responsible for the payment of late fines and/or replacement fees for lost items.
Some of our older journals, newspapers and E.R.I.C. documents are still in microforms. The storage cabinets for these materials are on the second floor of the library.
The new Microfiche/film reader is in the scanner area on the first floor of the library. Copies from this reader is free and can go to the main lobby printer or a designated email address. This reader is for current Centenary patrons only.
The older Microfiche/film reader/printers are in a study room on second floor so marked for these purposes. Copies from these readers cost 10 cents per page.
Centenary and non-Centenary patrons have access to the fiche and film. However, we no longer have paper copies of the indices to these materials. Centenary patrons have computer access to such files.
Any individual using the fiche or film may use these materials with minimal assistance provided by the library staff.
Magale Library provides resources and services in support of the instruction, research, and service missions of Centenary College of Louisiana. Users have the right to expect a safe, pleasant and productive environment for research and study. Users are expected to abide by the rules established by Centenary College and the Code of Student Conduct as defined in the Student Handbook. An extension of these ideals is reflected in this Conduct Policy.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:
Individuals or groups who do not follow these guidelines may be accountable to both civil authorities (city, state, or federal) and to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Centenary College. DPS will be immediately contacted by library staff if any of the above behaviors are exhibited or for any other reason deemed necessary by Magale Library staff.
A photocopy machine is available on the first floor of the library. The copier is connected to a coin-op machine. No change is provided by Circulation Desk. Any money lost in the copier must be refunded by facility services: ext. 5286. No copying projects are done by library personnel. On the basement level of the library, in the Faculty Secretary’s Office, there is a copy machine for faculty use only.
Public access staff will assist Centenary patrons in the use of the scanners. There is no charge for use of the scanners networked to a standard laser printer. Only current Centenary faculty, staff, and students may use the scanners. Scanner materials are to be used for educational/research purposes only.
No printer or copier can take heavyweight paper or transparencies.
All signs must be for events on campus or sponsored by Centenary organizations.
DO NOT tape any signs or write with chalk on the front columns of the Library building.
Do NOT place signs on the front glass doors; this is considered a safety issue to keep vision unimpaired on the entrance doors.
You may place signs on the bulletin board in the lobby, but please ASK a library staff member before posting anything.
A bulletin board is located on the second floor for the purpose of posting Centenary-related messages, also.
No signs may be taped to any wall in the library.
There is only one printer to which all library computers are attached.
Current Centenary faculty, students, and staff may print single copies of research materials and class assignments from library public computer workstations.
All patrons are discouraged from printing books, sections of a book, long government documents, etc. When the information exceeds ten pages, you are encouraged to download the information to a disk or send it to your email address.
Please use the "Preferences" choice on print jobs to print double-sided copies of print jobs longer than a few pages. Please choose the "Hand out" option when printing off slides from BlackBoard which will enable you to print 6 slides or more to a page.
This printer is not to be used by currently enrolled or alumni of Centenary College to run off assignments connected to the classes they conduct as teachers or student teachers .
This printer is not to be used to run off campus organizations' flyers or pamphlets. Check with Student Life on the proper access for these print jobs.
Located on the second floor of the library, the screening room has a video projector, screen and DVD/VHS capabilities. The room is intended for class use under the supervision of an instructor. Like the classroom labs, the screening room may be scheduled for the whole semester, for special events or for finals. It is not available for independent student use (See exception below). Students who wish to view a video should be directed to the study rooms that have TV / VCR equipment. The screening room is never scheduled when the library is closed.
The screening room must be reserved in advance by a faculty member. Reservations can be made by submitting a reservation form which can be found at the Circulation desk or electronically at Lab Reservations. You may also submit a request by calling extension 5047 or 5058 and leaving a message specifying the date and time you would like to reserve the screening room. NOTE: Regardless of how you submit a reservation request, do not assume that your request has been granted until you receive a confirmation email from a Magale Library staff member.
When a faculty member schedules a class for the screening room, he or she must be present at the beginning and end of the class to ensure that equipment is correctly handled and properly turned off. If a faculty member cannot be present to do these jobs, he or she must make arrangements with a library staff member on duty 24 hours in advance.
Food and drink are allowed in the screening room, but the staff would appreciate it if the room is cleaned up before leaving.
The screening room key is available at the Circulation Desk and must be checked out to a faculty member.
An equipment procedures sheet is available at the Circulation Desk for any first-time users.
Exception: At the beginning of the academic year, a student from the Centenary Film Society may be trained in the use of the equipment and must be present for any showing by the Film Society.
The John F. Magale Memorial Library endorses the use of social media (including e-mail and Facebook) as an enhancement to communication and information exchange between Magale Library staff and Centenary students, faculty and staff and the surrounding Shreveport-Bossier community. Social media allows for virtual reference support, cost-effective marketing and outreach, and a sense of community between Magale Library and its users. Social media complement other traditionally available reference services at Magale Library and support the educational and institutional goals of Centenary College of Louisiana.
Social media tools employed by the library will be used to deliver such library functions as:
Magale Library welcomes user feedback and comments, but requests that they be polite and library-related. Views expressed/posted by patrons are not necessarily the views of Magale Library. Magale Library reserves the right to remove postings that are off topic, defamatory, abusive, that violate the intellectual property rights of any third party, or that are otherwise inappropriate for the services offered.
All comments are public records. Participants are encouraged to protect their privacy and should not post personally identifying information. No personally identifiable information about library patrons will be solicited by Magale Library.
If you have an impairment which prohibits you from fully utilizing our social media tools, please contact us at the information provided below so we can arrange for accommodations.
The Law Room, Room 11 in the Library Basement has a separate set of rules governing access and use of the materials and equipment in the room. These rules are posted on the door. Any materials in the Law Room are not circulating. If a non-Centenary patron wants any materials, he or she must request said materials at the Circulation Desk and must use those materials within sight of the Circulation Desk.
The rules for the room are as follows:
Study rooms are for Centenary patrons only.
Study rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot be reserved in advance.
By arrangement with Circulation Staff, some senior seminar materials can be stored for an agreed-upon period of time.
While working at Magale Library, student workers will develop a strong work ethic and professional skills of courtesy, dependability, punctuality and initiative. These skills are essential for success as a student, student worker, and professional later in life. Magale's student workers are required to review the following documents and refer to the task list daily for assignments.
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