Services for Faculty

The library services for instructors include customized information literacy instruction for your class and resources to support your classes, teaching, and interests.

As a staff member at Columbia College, you have access to all of the library’s print and online resources, which include print and eBooks, journal article databases, online encyclopedias and dictionaries, and film databases including Criterion and National Film Board (NFB) Campus.

Course Reserves

Every semester, the library obtains a list of required textbooks and places at least one copy on 3-hour reserve for students. If you are unsure whether a text is available on reserve, please contact the Librarian, Krystyna Nowak, or the Library Director, Faith Jones.

Placing Items on Reserve

If a recommended or required reading is not already on reserve for your class, contact the library.

We can place items on 3 hour, 1 day, or 4 day reserve for your class.

Book Library Instruction

The librarians can work closely with you to develop learning outcomes related to the course and assignment requirements, and which best meet student needs. Please complete the form below to book a workshop.

Please email [email protected] if you are experiencing any trouble filling in this form.
  • If available, please attach the related research assignment

Managing your Account & Borrowing

Setting Up a Library Account

To set up an account, come to the library or email a librarian. Because staff are not issued college ID cards, we usually use home phone numbers as library account numbers.

Loan Periods for Staff

Staff can take out most items for 14 weeks at a time. You can extend the loan period by renewing items, either online or by contacting the library, so long as there are no holds on the item.

Logging into your Library Account

  1. Go to the library catalogue
  2. Click on “Log in” located in the top right corner of the screen
  3. Use your Library Card Number to log in (usually your phone number)
  4. Use the last 4 digits of your Library Card Number as your PIN

Logging into your library account allows you to:

  • see the items you have out
  • renew items
  • save searches and lists of books

Placing a Hold

You can place a hold on books that are checked out to other borrowers by clicking on the “place hold” button on the catalogue screen after logging in to your account. You will be notified when the book has been returned and is ready for you to pick up.

Renewing Items

To renew items Login to your library account through the Login to Your Account button on the library’s homepage. If you cannot remember your library card number or PIN, contact the library

Next, click on the down arrow that will appear next to your account, and click on “Account Activity.

From there, you can see all the items you have out on loan. Click “Renew Loan” to renew an item.

Request an Item for Purchase

The library purchases print & electronic books, magazines, databases, and audio visual materials to support student success. We value the subject expertise of instructional faculty and welcome purchase recommendations for items related to the subject you teach. 

Final decisions to add materials to the collection will be made by the librarians based on criteria such as relevance to the curriculum, availability, and cost.

To recommend a resource, please fill in the form below. 

Recommend a Resource

Recommend books, videos, magazines, databases or other materials for the Library

National Film Board (NFB) CAMPUS

What is NFB CAMPUS?

CAMPUS is the National Film Board’s educational media portal and includes:

  • 5,200 documentaries, animated films, and interactive productions, including 1,700 exclusive titles
  • Educational resources such as learning bundles
  • Study guides
  • Educational blogs and playlists

NFB CAMPUS features a chaptering tool that allows you to customize films, search tools that allow you to search by subject and grade level, and a playlist tool that allows you to prepare videos for your class in advance.

Films may be showed in classes at no additional cost.

How do I create an NFB CAMPUS account?

To Create a CAMPUS Account:

  1. Access the subscription page
  2. Select Columbia College from the menu
  3. Create a user profile

If you already have a CAMPUS account there is no need to re-register; your account remains active.

Once you have an account, you can access CAMPUS by visiting https://www.nfb.ca/explore-all-films/

Designing Research Assignments

The Designing Research Assignments guide provides you with tips and assignment ideas intended to build your students’ information literacy skills. The guide discusses some of the challenges students face when completing research assignments and how you can help them mitigate those challenges.