FVTC Librarians choose resources based on knowledge, experience and research. We strive to provide equitable, accessible, and useful resources.
Expertise: If we don't know how to find or do something, we can find someone who knows. Our Librarians have a variety of skills and areas of expertise.
Convenience: You can come to the Library for in-person assistance, or contact us by email, chat, or phone. Library staff can meet with faculty, staff, or students by appointment. In-class instruction is available in addition to the Topic and Program guides available online.
Resources: You can use our databases to pre-select peer-reviewed scholarly resources. This raises the level of authority and reliability of your results. Otherwise, you can use our Evaluation and Internet Searching guides to improve your understanding of what kind of information is worth your time.
Compliance: We use standards, frameworks and guides to improve the accessibility and usability of our physical and virtual resources. Example standards and guides include: 508, ADA, ALA, UDL, WAI and WCAG 2.1.
Neutrality: We encourage people to use multiple sources of information and to look for objective content to avoid the problems of our implicit biases, inherent biases and weaknesses for logical fallacies.
Flexibility: Fast-paced changes in the information ecosystem demand that library staff are flexible about meeting the information needs of our users. Whether it is migrating from one format to another or changing databases, collection goals, or methods of teaching, we are willing to change, innovate and collaborate for mutual success.
Technology at your fingertips: We have computer, internet, wifi, printing, copying, and scanning resources.
Research and Instruction Assistance: Research as drop-in or by appointment. In-class orientation or in-library tours by appointment.
Group rooms you can reserve for those times when you need a place to be noisier or quieter than the open areas of the Student Success Center. Rooms are not sound proof, but do provide some noise abatement. You can reserve 2 hours per day per email.
Tutorials and Guides: Building up a knowledge or skill base means starting with a strong background foundation, then adding information and concepts in a logical and accurate manner. Our Topic and Program Guides have relevant resource lists and tips to help you.
Friendly library staff: We can help you figure out what to do next, or find someone or some way to help you get back on track.
Tools to improve and maintain your expertise: Technology does not wait for you; you have to chase it. Use the Library services and resources to keep learning, building, and using your knowledge and skills.
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