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Library Policies and Procedures

Information Literacy

"Information literacy is the ability to recognize the extent and nature of an information need, then to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information." (Plattsburgh State Information and Computer Literacy Task Force, 2001)

AMC's librarians are available during their library hours to assist AMC's students to develop these information literacy skills.


The library supports AMC's mission and educational objectives through a substantial collection of learning resources which includes but is not limited to: books, journals, and non-book materials (videos, audio cassettes, DVD's etc.). These learning resources are available to AMC students, faculty, and staff to consult or borrow and alumni to consult. A photocopier and 3computers for word-processing and Internet access are also available to faculty and students.

Library Acquisitions

Throughout the year the faculty and students make requests on Library Acquisition Request forms found on each table in the library. All library request forms are submitted by the librarian to the College President for review. Orders are then placed accordingly.

Library Orientation

In September, January and April of each year a librarian conducts a Library Orientation to all new students. At this orientation the librarian goes over AMC's cataloging system and on-line resources.

Interfacing with Faculty

The librarians are invited to attend AMC's annual Faculty In-Service training session so that they may better understand and assist the faculty with their research and instructional objectives.

Classification System

AMC uses the Library of Congress classification system and subject headings. All books, non-books, and journals are entered into AMC's library software.

Online Catalog and Research Resources Links

Through AMC's website, students and faculty have 24 hour access to our on-line catalog and suggested research resources links.

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation are posted on the door of the library. For a special consultation students may contact the librarians for an appointment.

Library Use Policies

Cell phones and beepers must be turned off in order not to disturb other users. Food and drinks other than water cannot be consumed in the library.

Library Cards

AMC's library is available to all faculty, staff, and students. The Student ID card issued by AMC serves as the library card and is not transferable.

Borrowing Responsibilities

Faculty, staff, and students are accountable for all library materials borrowed and will be responsible for late fines, replacements costs, and any other charges connected with overdue, damaged or lost material.

Loan Periods

Books will be loaned for two weeks at a time and may be extended if a request is made prior to the due date and there are no specific request for the book. Non-book material will be loaned for one week. The maximum books checked out by an individual any given time are five and the maximum videos are three. Reference books and journals must be consulted in the library. A date due slip is placed in a pocket inside the books and containers to remind patrons of the due date.

Returning Material

All items being returned to the library must be given to the library personnel or the Front Desk staff. Borrowed items may not be returned to other faculty or staff members. It is the borrower's responsibility to return or renew materials on or before their due date.

Overdue Fines and Replacement Billing

There will be a charge of $.25 a day per item overdue.

After a book is overdue one month, replacement charges will be generated for the overdue material. Replacement costs will be based upon the actual cost of the material.

The minimum replacement cost is $30, plus a $10 processing fee. This also pertains to damaged material that requires replacement.

Search Requests

If an item that is supposed to be available cannot be found on the shelves, the patron must notify a librarian and she will look for the item and notify patron as soon as it is found.

Library Evaluation and Assessment Planning

On an annual basis in the Fall, students and faculty are asked to fill out a library survey. Also, each spring as part of the Programmatic Survey there is a Library section for students and faculty to further evaluate AMC's library. These evaluations are utilized by the ALC, Advisory Board and Governing Board to ensure that AMC continues to assess its library facilities, holdings, software systems, and services relative to its mission and educational objectives.