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Library Instruction Room Policy

PURPOSE: The Library Instruction Room (LIR) will serve a dual function. In addition to serving as a classroom for the teaching of information literacy skills, it will also serve as a computer lab for APSU students, faculty and staff.

1. Users

Only students, faculty and staff registered at APSU sites will be permitted to use the LIR. Those using the LIR should work quietly so as not to disturb others. Persons who are making noise will be asked to leave.

2. Hours of Operation

The LIR will be open during the Library's normal hours of operation.

3. Scheduling

Information Literacy Instruction sessions will be scheduled based on the availability of both the LIR and a librarian to conduct the instruction. The schedule announcing when the room will be closed will be posted outside the room, each Friday for the following week.

Instruction sessions may be scheduled during any of the Library's normal operating hours. The number of sessions and the times will vary from week to week. When a session is in progress, only the students enrolled in the class and the instructor may be in the LIR. The LIR attendant will clear the room 15 minutes before a scheduled session.

When classes are not scheduled, this room will function as a computer lab. Personal use of the computers is on a first come, first served basis. The exception is when persons with disabilities request use of an LIR computer, identifying themselves as disabled and requesting immediate access. They are to be given immediate access to computer #1 or #2 or #11, which are designated for such use. If the room is full and a user is forced to vacate one of the computers designated for disabled use, that user shall be assigned to the first computer to become available.

No university classes may be scheduled by the Registrar to meet in the LIR. Occasional workshops and area school classes may be scheduled.

4. LIR Attendants

The LIR will be staffed by student assistants. They will provide limited technical support and assistance.

5. Software and Files

5.1 Only software owned or licensed by Austin Peay State University will reside in the microcomputers maintained in the LIR. Unauthorized files and applications shall be removed on a regular basis. Faculty who desire additional software to be loaded on the PCs should contact the Systems Librarian who will consider the requests on a case-by-case basis.

5.2 Other Software and Files

Authorized users are free to use personal copies of legally licensed software on the library PCs. Users, however, may not permanently store their programs and files on library PCs. They must save their work to their own storage devices. The making and/or the use of unauthorized copies of software, copies that are not legally licensed, on library PCs is strictly prohibited.

6. Maintenance and Support

The LIR is primarily a self-service facility. Users are expected to know how to operate the equipment and how to use the software. Documentation and manuals are available to users. The LIR Attendants will provide very limited assistance.

6.1 Hardware

The hardware, with the exception of routine printer maintenance, will be maintained by the Systems Librarian. Routine printer maintenance will be performed by the student assistants and designated library staff.

Revised May 23, 2006