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Staten Island: LRC Policies

Welcome to the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Saint Paul's School of Nursing, Staten Island

Circulation Policies

Patrons are responsible for all borrowed materials.

Patrons must return items on or by the specified due date.  Items not returned on or by the due date will be considered late.  Patrons with a lost book on their record will be unable to borrow library materials until the book is returned, or the lost book fee is paid (See Fines for more information).  Patrons with delinquent materials or fines may have their borrowing privileges suspended.


Loan Periods

  • Books (general collection)
    • Up to 7 days and may be renewed 
  •  Books (Reference collection)
    • Students may not borrow reference books. Reference items can be used in the Library, Reading Room or classroom ONLY.  Reference materials are clearly marked.
  •  Limited Circulation (mostly Review Books)
    • Up to 7 days and can not be renewed. 
  •  Multimedia (DVD, CD-ROM)
    • Up to 7 days and may be renewed.
  •  Serials
    • Our print journals are in the process of being cataloged. They may not be borrowed at this time. 
  •  Misc (Headphones, Calculators, Supplies)
    • ​Same policy as Reference materials: may be borrowed but can not leave the LRC.

 Fines and Lost Books

Materials not returned on or by the specified due date will be considered lost and will be subject to a replacement book fee and/or an overdue fee.  The overdue fee is a flat rate of 5.00, with no grace period.  The lost book fee is $80.00 per lost item (books only), or the replacement cost of the item, whichever is greater.  The fee for lost audiovisual material will be equal to the replacement cost of the given item, which varies by title.  If the original item is returned to the LRC in good condition, the lost book fee may be waved, but the $5.00 overdue fee will still be charged to the patron.

In lieu of lost book charges, the Learning Resource Center provides the option to accept purchase of a replacement book.  The patron may purchase the lost title for replacement, or a newer edition of that title.  At the LRC Manager’s discretion a similar title of comparable value may be purchased in lieu of the lost book fee.

Failure to return the book, or pay the lost book fee, will result in suspension of ability to obtain diploma and transcripts.

Employees are subject to additional fines guidelines as listed in the Loan Periods section.

Payment in person can be made at the Business Office or to the person in charge of campus accounts (depending on location).

Overdue Notices & Lost and Billed Notification

Patrons are expected to keep track of the due date of borrowed materials.  Two weeks before the end of each semester the LRC staff will attempt to notify patrons regarding overdue library materials. Patrons are expected to return items promptly upon notification. Any items not returned promptly may be subject to lost item fees.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges 

All patrons are subject to suspension of library borrowing privileges.  Borrowing Privileges may be suspended for non-payment of lost book fees or willful destruction of library materials.  Faculty borrowing of books may be suspended, but suspension of privileges will not apply to audiovisual materials.

Faculty who feel the suspension of a given student’s borrowing privileges negatively impacts a course assignment will have the option of borrowing a book on behalf of the student.  The faculty member will be solely responsible for the return of the item, as well as any fines accrued.

 

Computer Use and Internet Access Policy

Compliance with Federal, State and Local Laws

Users of LRC computer facilities are expected to comply with all federal, state, and other applicable law; all generally applicable institutions rules and policies; and all applicable contracts and licenses.  This includes, but is not limited to, the provisions of the United States copyright laws as they apply to computer software and its documents.  All users are prohibited from generating, or using, illegal copies of software on the Learning Resource Center equipment.  Users are responsible for ascertaining, understanding, and complying with the laws, rules, policies, contracts, and licenses applicable to their particular uses.

Terms of Use

 Use of Learning Resource Center computer resources must comply with the Computer Use and Internet Access Policy.  Use of these resources may be revoked for violation of the terms of the LRC Computer Use and Internet Access Policy.

 Prohibited Use

 The computers are intended for academic and instructional use only.  Commercial and/or business use of the LRC is prohibited at all times.  Academic use takes precedence over any other use, including, but not limited to, recreational use.  Any individual using the LRC for recreational purposes will be asked to relinquish their computer if students are waiting to use LRC equipment for academic use.

Users are prohibited from viewing, receiving, creating, or transmitting pornographic, violent, obscene, defamatory or discriminatory material.  Users may not transmit graphics, or dating services solicitations using the internet access provided by the institutions and the Learning Resource Center.

Users may not install or modify software applications on the Learning Resource Center computers, or make modifications to any operating system, network configuration or setup, display of icons, or programs that reside on any network or individual computer.  This includes adding icons to or removing icons from the desktop.

Software shall not be installed, uploaded or otherwise run on any LRC computer or computer network without the approval of the LRC Manager.  All software installed on Learning Resource Center computers must be licensed for institutional use, or permission for institutional use must be granted in writing by the publisher of the software, and must comply with United States copyright laws.

No one may destroy, alter, dismantle, distort or disfigure any computer equipment or information technology, property or facility.

Users may not disconnect, move, or otherwise alter hardware attached to LRC computers.  Excluding USB flash drives, users may not connect external hardware to LRC computers.

 No LRC user shall intentionally develop or utilize programs that harass other users, breach the security of any computer or computing system, whether on campus or elsewhere, nor damage or alter the software components of a computer or a network, or impact on the normal operations of a computer or network.

Users may not save work to the hard drive.  USB flash drives are to be used, or where available designated network space accessible from the students user account.

Students who wish to save their work for later use are responsible for supplying their own storage device in the form of a floppy disk or USB flash drive.

Users are prohibited from sending chain letters or sending unsolicited mass email messages (i.e. spamming) using LRC computer equipment.

Instant message programs, excluding academic use of the LRC website based “Ask a Librarian” service, is prohibited.

Use of LRC computers for gaming is prohibited.

Use of speakers connected to LRC computers is prohibited.  Headphones are available for any student that wishes to us the audible components of instructional resources.

Individuals accessing LRC computers must use the designated lrcstudent username.  This log in is for exclusive use in the Learning Resource Center, and provides a specific set of key group policies controlled by the software of the education server.  All LRCs share the same group policies for this account.  No special, temporary, or other log-ins should be used in the LRC, as this may compromise the security of the LRC computers, potentially allow installation of non-authorized software, or compromise the ability of student users to access services.

Security and Privacy

The institution employs various measures to protect the security of its computing resources.  Users should be aware, however, that the institutions cannot guarantee such security. Users should engage in safe computing practices by establishing appropriate access restrictions for their accounts, guarding their passwords, and changing them regularly.  Security of data and privacy or transmitted data cannot be guaranteed on any publicly accessible computer.

 

Use of the Wireless Network

The Learning Resource Center provides a wireless network to support the institution’s instructional and research needs.  Use of the wireless frequency spectrum is a finite resource, and users must exercise discretion when making demands upon the capability and bandwidth of the wireless network.  Frequencies used in the 802.11b wireless band are in use by other devices, thus interference in these frequency bands must be anticipated.  This interference may include a disruption of available wireless internet service.  

All use of wireless access points and devices must comply with applicable laws, regulations, and institution’s policies, including but not limited to the LRC Computer Use and Internet Access Policy. 

Users of the LRC wireless network must take appropriate cautions to protect and safeguard their data.  The institutions and Learning Resource Center are not liable for the security of data transmitted over the wireless network.

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