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Helen Abrikian / Norma Segré Library

The Brown’s Town Community College Library aims to support the mission of the college by acquiring, storing and providing access to information of the highest quality to the college community in the most efficient and profitable manner. The library is equipped with a wide variety of books and electronic equipment. The library provides access to the Internet, educational software, periodicals and a wide collection of books.

The college library can be viewed as the ultimate user-friendly department in the college. Its professional staff gives first-class service with a smile and assists patrons in the most efficient manner. The Library sees itself as a catalyst for growth through the information and services offered.

The Brown’s Town Community College Library plays a pivotal role in the life of the institution. The Library therefore, has to cater to the needs of staff, students  and other stakeholders.


Opening Hours

Mon – Thurs.

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fri 8:00 a.m. – 3:00  p.m.

Internet Hours

Mon –Thurs

8:00a.m. – 6:30p.m.

Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.

Laminating/Binding Hours

Mon– Thurs

8:30 a.m.– 5 :30 p.m.

Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Photocopying Hours

Mon –Thurs

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Functions Of The Library

The Helen Abrikian/Norma Segré Library operates within the ambit of the Vision and Mission of the Brown’s Town Community College. In advancing the success and fulfilment of these, the main functions of the Library are to provide:

  • Resources in all formats essential to the academic programmes of the College, as well as professional and personal development, cultural and  recreational interests
  • New technologies to facilitate greater access and satisfy users’ requirements
  • An environment conducive to research, pursuit of knowledge, continued learning and academic excellence
  • Information literacy instruction and user-awareness activities to encourage optimal information use
  • Customer focused services by a staff that is trained, professional, and competent
  • Preservation of Brown’s Town Community College publications, historical and unique information about the College and its environs.

The Collection Management Policy describes the principles and guidelines used in developing and maintaining the collection of the College Library.

In developing a balanced and appropriate collection, the College Library also gives consideration to the requirements of accrediting bodies for programmes offered by the College, as well as national library standards for collections for similar educational institutions.

Successful collection management depends on the expertise of the College Librarian, cooperative support and recommendations by faculty, participation by staff and students and the financial backing of the College.


Objectives

The policy is designed to meet the following objectives:

  • Establish guidelines for the selection and acquisition of resources for the library’s collections of print, audio visual and multimedia
  • Ensure a current and diverse but balanced collection of materials in a range of levels and formats appropriate to the instructional, institutional and individual needs of students, faculty and staff
  • Provide integrated access to the collection in a cost-effective manner
  • Encourage faculty participation in collection development
  • Establish guidelines for the retention and preservation of the resources in the collection
  • Establish criteria for the de-selection (weeding/withdrawal) of materials from the collection
  • Assist in short and long term fiscal planning.

The Collection

Scope and Coverage

The Library acquires an array of information in various formats to meet the requirements of the College curriculum, faculty, staff and students. The subject emphases reflect the programmes offered by the college:

  • Business and Hospitality Services
  • Science Education
  • Arts and General Studies
  • Technical / Vocational Education
  • Nursing Education

The Library also obtains pertinent materials for general students learning and materials not directly related to the college programmes but of educational, informational or recreational interest for an educated and informed college community.

Types of Materials

The collection is comprised of the following materials

  • Printed items including books (monographs), periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers), documents, pamphlets, and research papers
  • Online databases
  • Electronic resources (Video-cassettes, DVDs, CD ROMs)

Audio Visual and electronic equipment


Access

The library is committed to the expeditious delivery of materials and information to its users. Some library materials, however, are subjected to restricted access as a result of   special storage due to considerations of security, space limitations, exceptional levels of demand, cost, vulnerability or physical condition, extreme value of content and rarity.

Electronic and Internet information resources provide more avenues for the library’s information provision. Many materials, once only available in print , are now produced in electronic format or available solely through the Internet or proprietary database products. Facilitating access to these resources is an important aspect of the library’s collection management efforts.

Security

The Library uses a security system to assist in preventing lost of materials due to theft and unauthorized removal from the library.

Services

The Library offers to its’  wide clientele the services of reference, loan, current and selective dissemination of information.  This also includes internet access.  Students are provided with photocopying service guided by copyright laws and also are offered Binding and laminating services.

  • Binding Service
  • Photocopying Service
  • Reference Service Being Offered
  • Internet Access

Library Rules

Computers

  • The use of computers for internet access and other purposes is allowed for 1/2 hour in the first instance and additional time given as demand allows.
  • A user will not be allowed to utilise the computers dedicated to internet access for other purposes, unless no one else wants to access information on the Internet.

Overdue Material

  • A fee will be charged for all overdue material. Failure to settle outstanding fines will result in the user being denied access to the services of the library, and their names being submitted to Student Services for further disciplinary action.

 Conduct in the Library

  • The Library should be used for meaningful study. Any conduct inconsistent with this purpose shall constitute a breach of the Library’s rules
  • The librarian and all members of staff shall have authority to maintain order in the library and may exclude from its use, any reader who disrupts its studious atmosphere.
  • Quiet must be observed in the Library, which includes the foyer.
  • No bags, briefcases, folders or parcels may be brought into the Library. They should be left in the lockers located in the foyer.  However, the Library will not accept responsibility for any losses that may occur..
  • Chairs, tables and other Library fittings should not be rearranged by users.
  • Library materials and furniture should not be defaced or damaged in any way.
  • ABsolutely no food or drink should be brought into the library, including the foyer.
  • Books, periodicals and other material taken from the shelves in the Reading Room should not be replaced by the user, but left on the desk to be shelved by a member of staff.
  • All readers on leaving the library must show on request, all books, periodicals and other material.
  • No caps or hats should be worn in the Library.
  • Students should not congregate in the foyer,
  • Ideally, mobile phones should not be used or turned, on in the library. If, however, a user takes one into the library, it should not be used in such a manner that it disturbs other users.

Notices

Notices should not be placed on the interior or exterior walls of the library. The college’s notice boards should be used or areas which may be designated by the Library.  Failure to comply will result in notices being removed and destroyed.