The Division of Library and Instructional Services is made up of the Library, the Learning Laboratory, the Audio Visual Department, Academic Computing and Distance Education. The purpose of the division is to facilitate learning by supporting and enriching the curricula of the College; to teach electronic and traditional research skills while providing technological access to resources both remote and on-site; to assist with individualized testing and assessment services; to provide a study center for students; to provide audio visual materials and services; and to provide computer resources in support of instruction, administration, and public service.
The Library and Learning Laboratory are open day and evening hours throughout the week to provide services to faculty and students. Additional weekend hours are provided when classes are in session. Specific schedules of the hours are available on the Library/Learning Lab’s home page (www.vhcc.edu/library), on bookmarks provided at the circulation desk, and on the sign outside the Library entrance. When classes are not in session the hours for both the Library and Learning Lab are generally 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; exceptions to this schedule are noted on the sign and Library’s web page.
1. The Library
The purpose of the Library is to provide reference services and an organized, accessible, comprehensive collection of materials that support and enrich the curricula of the College in addition to providing basic reference sources for students, faculty, and community patrons.
The Virginia Highlands Community College Library houses over 33,857 volumes in the Library and Learning Laboratory. Over 200 current periodicals as well as microfilm holdings of back periodicals are available for student use. The Library also has a wide variety of newspapers available for circulation. Electronic access for students and faculty to research materials is available through the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) and the VHCC Library’s homepage. These resources provide bibliographic and full-text resources on a wide variety of topics.
In addition to the reference, circulation, and study areas, a lounge area is provided.
The staff of the Library is available to assist students. The Library is open free of charge to any community member. Community use is encouraged and can be obtained by registering at the circulation desk.
A Library user identification card is available to students as they register and to community patrons at the circulation desk of the Library. All users are required to have this card and have it revalidated regularly. There is a replacement fee for lost or stolen cards.
The VHCC library does not charge fines for overdue items. The library sends two notices of the overdue status for items checked out on a library account prior to sending a Lost Item Bill. The Lost Item Bill states the replacement cost of the overdue item(s). This amount is billed to the students account, and the official records and transcripts of the student are blocked until the items are returned to the library or the student's account is paid in full.
The library posts a common due date for all library materials at the end of each term. All items circulated during the last two weeks of the term will be due by the posted date. Any items not returned by the posted due date will be processed with a Lost Item Bill and official records and transcripts will be blocked until the items are returned to the library or the student's account is paid in full.
Fines for instructor materials placed on Reserve in the library will be set by the instructor. The library will send two overdue notices with any attached fines to the student prior to the Lost Item Bill stating the replacement cost of the overdue Reserve item(s) and the official records and transcripts of the student will be blocked until the Reserve material is returned and fines are paid or the student's account is paid in full.
3. The Learning Center
The Learning Center is made up of the Learning Lab and the Tutoring Center. The purpose of the Learning Center is to provide a computer equipped study center, a college-wide helpdesk and a tutoring center to help meet the educational needs of faculty, students, and the community at large.
The Learning Lab services include individualized enrichment studies, computer assisted instruction, study services for persons with disabilities and an open lab for general and specific course study. Audio visual equipment is also available in the Learning Lab. Other services are addressed on an individual basis.
The Tutoring Center provides tutorial services to VHCC students in a variety of courses. The goal of the tutoring center is to accommodate requests for tutoring in the general education core curriculum. Tutoring is also regularly available for developmental courses. Tutoring provides remedial and supplemental instruction to students who are earning a C or below in a specific class. Tutoring is provided by appointment only and based on the student’s flexibility in his or her schedule and the tutoring staff’s availability.
Information on using the Learning Center can be obtained from Learning Center personnel. The operating hours of the Learning Center follow the same schedule as the VHCC Library.
4. Audio-Visual Services
The purpose of Audio Visual Services is to provide for the production of up-to-date instructional material for faculty and students and to assist them in producing their own materials.
The staff provides expertise in photography, video and audio production, graphics, and equipment operation in support of the educational program. In addition, Audio Visual supports appropriate curriculum-related student projects and the public information function of the administration for college activities, recruitment, and publicity.
5. Academic Computing, Instructional Technology, and Distance Education (e-Learning)
The purpose of academic computing and instructional technology is to provide instructional hardware, software, training, and classroom assistance.
The academic computing and instructional technology system is comprised of nine instructional labs, one faculty lab, one general learning lab, faculty and staff offices, and two video conferencing classrooms. In addition several regular classrooms are equipped with computers and LCD projector that instructors use for delivering content. These computers, as well as all other computers on campus, are connected through a Local Area Network (LAN). The LAN also supports the automated library system providing remote access to local, state, and national comprehensive collections of materials.
Distance education or e-Learning describes an instructional situation where the student and instructor are separated by either time, place or both time and place and technology provides a channel of communication. VHCC offers high quality distance education courses to provide equal access and flexibility to both traditional and nontraditional students and to expand the number and type of course offerings. Students study and learn at times and places convenient to their schedules and use e-mail, computer conferencing, chat sessions, electronic bulletin boards, telephone, U. S. mail and two-way interactive classrooms to maintain vital links between other students and their instructors. An ever-increasing array of distance education courses is available to students.
VHCC uses cutting edge technologies in providing distance education offerings to our students and community. When students desire maximum scheduling flexibility, VHCC offers anywhere, anytime courses online using the Bb course management system. For synchronous, two-way, interactive courses and conferencing, VHCC participates in the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network (SVETN) and the Virginia Distance Education Network (VDEN). These networks enable VHCC to exchange classes with public schools and colleges within our service region as well as with any of the twenty-three colleges that comprise the Virginia Community College System.
VHCC provides educational support services such as library and reserve materials, computer software and support, tutoring and other student services to help insure that distance education students get all the assistance that they may need.
For more information concerning distance education courses, visit our website at http://www/vhcc.edu/distance/ or contact Charles Boling at 276-739-2514.
6. Computer Ethics Guidelines
The VHCC community abides by the policy set forth in the VCCS Computer Ethics Guidelines which are posted in all computer labs and public access terminals. Therefore, ethical behavior must be exhibited when using VHCC computing resources.
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