Services for Faculty

Course Support

Instruction sessions
Members of our reference staff will bring their knowledge and resources to your classroom. To arrange for an instruction session covering general research techniques for your discipline, or tailored to a specific assignment, please contact your liaison.

Online course guides
A librarian can create a web page linking the best discipline-specific resources for your course’s research assignments. Visit the Course Guides link on the library web site for examples. If you’d like a page created for your course, please contact your liaison.

Special collections/archives/rare materials
Bryn Mawr College has extensive special collections including rare books, manuscripts, and art objects, and specialists who will work with you to create customized sessions during which you and your students can be introduced to materials relevant to research interests. [Contact Eric Pumroy or Marianne Hansen in Special Collections, 610 526-6576, SpecColl@brynmawr.edu]

Image resources
Bryn Mawr's image database is dramers@brynmawr.edu), Image Specialist, or Nancy Halli, Image Cataloger (nhalli@brynmawr.edu), or stop by Visual Resources (located in the back of the main floor of Carpenter). Faculty can also create online image collections in ARTstor to share with students, and can now catalogue and upload images; please contact Camilla MacKay, Head, Carpenter Library, cmackay@brynmawr.edu for information about the necessary accounts. Flatbed scanners, image and video editing software, and an overhead book scanner are available in Visual Resources for use by any Bryn Mawr community member.

Reserve materials
We offer traditional in-library reserves for books, articles, videos, and other materials (including personal copies).

Moodle
The library staff plays an active role in supporting faculty and student use of the Moodle course management system.  We can help you learn to manage your Moodle site, or introduce your students to Moodle during an in-class presentation. Contact the Help Desk for more information.

Research Support

Collection development
The Library purchases books, journals, videos/DVDs and other materials in support of curricular needs and faculty research. We strive to build a Tri-College collection, in cooperation with Haverford and Swarthmore, that is current with faculty and student research interests. To make a purchase request, contact your liaison.  To request a video or DVD, contact Media Librarian Arleen Zimmerle [610 526-5277, azimmerl@brynmawr.edu].

Reference assistance
Our reference staff can help you identify the best tools and materials for your research needs.  We are available in each library during regular business hours; in addition, Canaday offers evening and weekend reference service during the academic year. We also offer "Ask a Librarian," an email service that guarantees responses to your questions within twenty-four hours.

Journal article alerts
Set up profiles with our subscription database vendors, and receive email notifications when new articles are published in your areas of interest.  Most of these online services will allow you to receive tables of contents from new issues of journals, or the results of a specific subject search; some will also send you email when a specified article is cited by new articles.

Open Access and Scholarly Communications

In 2013, Bryn Mawr faculty passed an open access policy. For questions about when and how the policy applies to your scholarly work, review the Bryn Mawr Open Access website. Publications are made available through Bryn Mawr's open access repository, Scholarship, Research, and Creative Work at Bryn Mawr College. For questions about scholarly communications and open access, including publication contracts and copyright, please contact Camilla MacKay, Scholarly Communications Librarian (and Head, Carpenter Library), cmackay@brynmawr.edu or 610 526 7910.

Other Services

Off-campus access to online library resources
Current Bryn Mawr faculty can access subscription databases from outside the Tri-College computing network by using EZProxy, the College's system for providing access to licensed resources from off campus. You'll use your BMC email username and password to validate your status; you may then use our databases, electronic journals, and other online services.

Interlibrary Loan and E-ZBorrow
Books, journal articles, dissertations and other materials not available in the tri-college collection may be borrowed through an international exchange. Books will be sent to the library of your choice, and scanned journal articles will frequently be delivered to your computer desktop. In addition, Bryn Mawr participates in E-ZBorrow, a consortium of academic libraries dedicated to a 3-5 day turnaround time on book requests.

Laptop borrowing
A number of laptops running Windows are available for use by members of the Bryn Mawr community. Laptops are available on a first come, first served basis, for a four day loan period. Extended loans are available for Faculty or Staff members. More information can be found regarding Faculty and Staff extended loans on the IS Laptop information page.

Media equipment

A group video viewing area with a region-free VHS/DVD player is located in Rm. 311 of Canaday Library. Individual region-free viewing carrels are located in various locations on the third floor. Video and audio editing workstations are located in the Canaday Media Lab in Rm. A9.  A private video editing room is available in Canaday 313.  Camcorders, digital cameras, webcams and tripods are available for check-out at the Circulation Desk on a first come, first served basis.  [Contact Media Librarian Arleen Zimmerle, 610 526-5277, azimmerl@brynmawr.edu or Language Learning Center Director Chris Boyland, 610 526-7448, cboyland@brynmawr.edu]


Enhanced features of Tripod
Tripod, our library catalog, contains tables of contents for most recent books so you can access essays within edited volumes by title or author. You can mark records and email them to yourself; you can also download records in Procite or Endnote format.  Access a list of new materials, organized by subject and format, and request email alerts so that you can be notified each week of new books or videos in your field.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Bryn Mawr College has a site license for ESRI software ArcMap 9.3; we also have equipment for large-format scanning and printing. Tutorials and curricula support available for ESRI software, CARIS and Google Earth.