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As a courtesy to patrons, Mason Library has limited cell phone usage. Please set ringers to silent or vibrate mode. Cell phone conversations are limited to stairwells, restrooms and the lobby.
KSC students may borrow books for a period of six weeks. Faculty may borrow books for a period of one year. Keene Public Library patrons and most other patrons may borrow books for a period of four weeks. Media (videos, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks) circulate to students and to the public for seven days. Most items may be renewed once. Patrons can view their records and renew materials online. Any borrowed item is subject to recall after two weeks if another library patron requests it. The first time a patron borrows a Green Bike or laptop computer, he/she must complete an agreement which will be kept on file in the library. Borrowers of Green Bikes must be over 18 or have parent/guardian permission. KSC students may borrow books for a period of six weeks. Faculty may borrow books for a period of one year from the date that they are checked out. Keene Public library patrons and all other patrons may borrow books for a period of four weeks. Videos, music CDs, and DVDs circulate for 7 days. Most items may be renewed once. Items are subject to recall after two weeks if another library patron makes such a request. For most items there is a grace period.See: Mason Library's Mission and Values
Mason Library is open to any individual who wishes to use materials inside the library building. Almost all materials are available on open shelves for self- retrieval. Selected materials are kept in protective storage and may not be available to all library users (Archives & Special Collections), or may be available for limited use (Course Reserves).
Periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers)
Children's Literature Festival materials
Archives & Special Collections
Laptop Computers (in-house use by KSC students only) Who May Borrow Materials
Patrons can usually renew books or media for one additional loan period if there are no holds or recalls on the item. Patrons can view their records and renew materials online.
Course Reserves -- Specific to each item (1 or 3 hours, 1, 3, or 7 days, 6 weeks); no renewals.
End of semester -- materials borrowed by KSC students are due on the last day of classes.
Laptop Computers – KSC students only; in-library use; 3-hour loan period; no renewals.
Green Bikes – 2 weeks; one renewal only.
Patrons are expected to return borrowed items by their due dates.
Overdue fines are 25 cents per day for most materials, including Green Bikes.
Course Reserves are fined at the rate of $1.00 per day, except for 1-hour or 3-hour loan periods which are fined at $1.00 per hour. The maximum overdue fine for any item is $20.00.
There is a seven-day grace period for books and a two-day grace period for media. After the grace period expires, fines will accrue from the original due date.
If the Library recalls an item, it must be returned by the date specified on the recall notice. A fine of $1.00 per day accrues until the item is returned. Items are subject to recall after two weeks.
Patrons are responsible for returning borrowed materials on their due dates. The Library sends overdue notices as a courtesy only. Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out on their accounts, including liability for loss, theft, or damage. Patrons will be billed for damaged or un-returned library materials checked out to them. Unpaid fines and replacement costs will be transferred to KSC students’ accounts. Departments will be notified of unpaid faculty/staff replacement costs.
See: Replacement (Lost or Damaged Items)
Mason Library provides the public access to designated materials and equipment, and prohibits activities that create a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment. Patrons are expected to refrain from engaging in activities that make other library users uncomfortable and which could be interpreted as violating their rights. Examples include, but are not limited to, engaging in illegal activities, leaving children unattended, or creating a disturbance to others.
Suspension of Privileges
Patrons who have accumulated charges of $20.00 or more will have their borrowing privileges suspended. Borrowing privileges will be reinstated when charges are reduced below $20.00. Mason Library enforces KPL policy on suspending privileges for KPL patrons who have been blocked due to accumulated charges.
Curriculum Materials Library
Access to CML Materials
The Curriculum Materials Library is open to anyone who wishes to use materials inside the library building. Materials are available on open shelves for self-retrieval.
- Who May Borrow CML Materials
- Loan period -- 6 weeks for KSC students, faculty/adjuncts; 4 weeks for KPL patrons and others
- Limits -- none
All patrons who are eligible to borrow Mason Library Materials Who May Borrow Materials
Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies
- Who May Borrow CCHGS Materials
New England teachers, schools and organizations (video resources)
Collection Development Policies
A collection development policy is a framework for describing library collections and establishing a formal set of guidelines for developing and supporting collections. The purpose of this collection development policy is to provide guidance to library and other faculty responsible for the selection, acquisition, evaluation, and maintenance of materials for Mason Library's collections, give a solid basis for future planning, and support the goals and mission of the College and Mason Library
The students, faculty and staff of Keene State College constitute the community served.
Library Liaisons/Selection Responsibility
Overall responsibility for the selection, development, and maintenance of the collection rests with the library faculty, who are familiar with appropriate selection tools and the specific informational needs of library users. Librarian liaisons are responsible for the following in their subject areas:
- Ensuring that departmental faculty have a voice in collection development
- Selecting materials
- Developing and maintaining collections
- Monitoring approval plans
- Assessing collection strengths and weaknesses
The library’s acquisitions budget is analyzed annually by the Collection Development Librarian. The budget is divided among the subject areas using the following method:
- An average expenditure is calculated using the total amount of money spent on the individual subject areas over the last 5 fiscal years. This includes all expenditures for periodicals, electronic resources, books, and media.
- The average is converted to a percentage of the total expenditure.
- The percentage is then multiplied times the total acquisitions budget for the new fiscal year.
The subject area’s allocation is used to purchase periodicals and electronic media subscriptions. The remaining amount is distributed to purchase firm orders (one time purchases) such as books, media, or other materials.
Selection Guidelines for all resources
To meet the stated goals, the library will provide access to representative materials in all areas of knowledge focusing on subject areas relating to and in support of the College's academic curriculum. Standard collection development criteria will be applied to all formats consistently.
Considered criteria may include:
- A variety of academic levels to serve a wide range of interests and abilities
- Opposing sides of controversial issues to aid students with critical thinking
- Strength of present holdings in same or similar subject areas
- Suitability of format to content and compatibility with college-owned equipment
- Authoritativeness of the author or reputation of the publisher
- Favorable reviews in reputable sources such as:
- The New York Times Book Review
- Usage statistics of similar items
- Number of other libraries that provide access to the same resource
- Availability of funding
- Lasting value
- Duplicate copies of materials are purchased, or accepted as gifts, only under unusual circumstances determined by demand, usage, reference, or reserve statistics.
- While the need for retrospective items is recognized for some fields of study, the emphasis is on purchasing current items with perceived long-term worth
- The library acquires a balance of materials in a variety of formats including books, periodicals, electronic resources, and audiovisual materials.
- The library explores new delivery methods for materials.
- Materials with an emphasis on local College, University System, and New Hampshire-related topics are collected whenever possible
- Lost and stolen materials will be replaced, if available and deemed to be pertinent, as funds allow. If the original material is no longer available, it may be replaced by materials on the same topic
- When there is an option between paper and hard-bound copy, the choice is based upon expected use, lasting value of content, and cost differential
- The library will purchase materials in support of campus multicultural and diversity initiatives
- Current curriculum needs, rapidly changing subjects, and areas in need of development have top priority
- Annuals and reference books have medium priority
- Subject areas with slow changing content and materials not related to curriculum have low priority
Keene Public Library Shared Catalog
- Mason Library shares a catalog and has reciprocal borrowing privileges with the Keene Public Library. This gives the Keene State College community access to a variety of popular materials such as fiction, graphic novels, and movies.
- Ownership of an item by Keene Public Library does not necessarily preclude its purchase by Mason Library. If an item is deemed of importance for scholarly or historical purposes, it may be purchased even if owned by Keene Public Library.
Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
- Mason Library shares a catalog and has reciprocal borrowing privileges with the Cohen Center.
- Ownership of an item by the Cohen Center does not necessarily preclude its purchase by Mason Library. If an item is deemed of importance for scholarly or historical purposes, it may be purchased even if owned by the Cohen Center.
The primary language of selected materials is English. Exceptions are works in languages that support the curriculum.
Mason Library purchases select literary and media prize winners and major works of literary or historical significance, and fiction in support of the curriculum.
Textbooks are not normally purchased. Textbooks are purchased, however, if they are:
- Classics in the field
- The only or best source of information on a particular topic
- Written by a member of the College community
Periodical subscriptions require and receive substantially more consideration than the purchase of a single monograph because of annual encumbrances of subscription costs and a future commitment to the title. The library is committed to funding subscriptions in electronic format when available using standards set for electronic resources.
The following criteria are used in evaluating periodicals for acquisition or cancellation:
- Support of the present academic curriculum
- Collection balance
- Amount of current use, or projected future use based on new programs or curricula
- Authority of the periodical or, if a new title, of the publisher
- Reviews in such sources as Magazines for Libraries
- Number of recent interlibrary loan requests for a specific title
- Whether indexed in standard sources
- Whether item is available from a reliable online source
- Unsolicited single issues and short files shall be discarded
- Is the item a core title
- Does the item fill a gap
Periodicals that have ceased publication or have been cancelled will be retained for at least two years. After two years such titles will be reviewed and de-accessioned if one or more of the following applies:
- They no longer meet the academic needs of the college
- The topics covered have aged to the point of diminished usefulness
- They have been replaced by a reliable online resource
The library purchases subscriptions to some popular magazines that contain information of current interest. Such magazines are intended for browsing or reading for pleasure. Retention of such subscriptions is as follows:
- 3 months for weekly issues
- A year for monthly issues
- 2 years for quarterly issues
Electronic resources refer to library materials that require technology to gain access.
Standards include the following:
- Selections will be of equal or greater quality than the print equivalent
- Open-access resources will not be cataloged except for NH state documents
- The availability of open-access or free resources are considered when making selections
- The Library works with consortia, such as the New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC) and WALDO, to determine appropriate consortium purchases to receive the best possible rates and packages
Priority is given to those resources which:
- Support the college curriculum
- Benefit the largest percentage of the community served
- Offer coverage of a specific subject area
- Do not overlap in coverage with existing resources
- Offer full text
- Allow for flexibility and editing of the license before acceptance as needed
- Receive high recommendations from comparator institutions
- Offer an interface with a high level of usability
- Offer low cost thresholds and consortium pricing
- Offer IP authentication rather than username and password
- Provide remote access and offer unlimited simultaneous users for a reasonable cost
- Offer free technical support and training
- Provide statistical reporting using regulated standards
- Allow customization and product branding
- Provide perpetual archival access to information already paid for, should the subscription be cancelled by either party
The following types of materials are collected in print and electronic formats:
- Almanacs and yearbooks
- Dictionaries, unilingual and bilingual
- Specialized dictionaries
- Major encyclopedias
- Geographical sources, such as maps, atlases, and gazetteers
- Basic legal materials
- Statistical compilations
- Style manuals
The library, although not a federal depository library, collects those federal documents that are deemed essential to support the curriculum. The library is a depository for New Hampshire state documents. In cases where NH state documents are available online at a government website, the paper copy will not be added to the collection. The online version is cataloged and linked from the Library catalog record.
The library subscribes to local and select state newspapers, as well as a small selection of national and international newspapers. The library collects one local, regional, and national newspaper of record. Back issues of those titles will be available online or in microform depending on availability. All other newspapers will be retained for a period of three months.
Gifts are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of the College, which may dispose of them or add them to the collection at its discretion following the same selection guidelines as for purchased materials. The Collection Development Librarian has responsibility for receiving and acknowledging the gift. The Collection Development Librarian or appropriate librarian liaison decides whether to accession the gift. Gifts with restrictions are usually not accepted. Gifts accepted with restrictions are vetted through the guidelines established in this collection development policy, and approval of the Library Dean and/or College Development office, which will fully consider the restriction's potential future implications. In compliance with current tax law, the library does not provide appraisals for gifts received. The appraisal of a gift to the library for tax purposes is the responsibility of the donor who benefits from the tax deduction. Donations that are appraised, must have the appraisal completed prior to donation and must be accompanied by a deed of gift which the Library will provide. Gifts for the Mason Library’s Archives and Special Collections are covered separately in the Archives and Special Collection’s Collection Development Policy.
The library recognizes its responsibility to provide the necessary equipment to access its collections.
De-selection, or the removal of material from the collection, is an integral and ongoing aspect of collection management. It is an essential way to keep the collections vibrant and useful to the community served. The major criterion is the value of the content to the curriculum. Other criteria used for consideration include:
- Usage statistics
- Potential future use
- Importance for historical purposes
- Outdated, inaccurate information
- Material now in electronic format
- Physical condition of material
- Presence of a duplicate copy
- Presence of other works by the author
- Extent of the Library's holdings in the subject area
- Date of publication
- Availability of newer or revised editions
Some of the sources used to make withdrawal decisions include:
- Feedback from librarians and departmental faculty from withdrawal lists distributed via email and posted for one month on the library website
- Standard evaluative sources such as Resources for College Libraries, known as RCLweb
- WorldCat -- to determine how many and which types of libraries hold the item and its availability via interlibrary loan
The library attempts to purchase materials that represent multiple perspectives on controversial subjects. Selection is without partisanship regarding matters of race, gender, sexual preference, religion, and moral philosophy. The library opposes all forms of censorship.
Mason Library conforms to Keene State College’s (Computer and Network Use Policy).
Computers: The computer lab in the Library Classroom is reserved for currently enrolled students and employees of Keene State College. Computers in public areas have a priority for student use; however, a number are designated for general use.
Printing: Public computers have printing limits of 30 pages per day, per person
Mason Library provides the public access to all its materials and equipment, and prohibits activities that create a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment.
Course Reserves Policies
The USNH Copyright guidelines are in the Faculty Handbook. See the section on "Intellectual Property: Copyright Compliance." Mason Library will obtain Copyright permission through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for any articles being placed on Course Reserve that do not fall under "Fair Use." Questions regarding Course Reserves should be directed to the Head of Access Services, Lois Merry (603-358-2738), or regarding Copyright, to the Dean of the Library, Irene Herold (603-358-2723).
Forms: Available at the Circulation Desk or on the library website (Reserve Request Form). Submit the request form electronically or print and bring to the circulation desk.
Syllabi: Faculty should provide a current course syllabus when submitting Reserve items.
Citations: A full citation must be clearly visible on each Reserve item.
Loan Periods: 1-hour and 3-hour reserves are In Library Use. 1-day, 3-day, 7-day reserves are not restricted.
Copyright Compliance: Beginning in Spring 2007, Mason Library will obtain permission through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to place articles that do not fall under "Fair Use" on course reserves.
Availability for Reserve: Books, videos, DVDs, CDs and all other items from Mason Library's circulating collections may be placed on reserve. Your own items (personal copies) may be placed on reserve. Photocopied articles, book chapters, etc, may be placed on reserve.
End of Semester: All Mason Library-owned items will be returned to the shelves. All faculty-owned items (books, photocopies) should be picked up at the end of the semester. You will be notified when they are ready.
Course Reserves FAQ
Q. Is there a form I should fill out? A. Yes. The Circulation Desk provides forms or you can find them on the Mason Library website (Reserve Request Form). Download Excel spreadsheet and bring back to the Circulation desk, or email back.
Q. What kind of "lead time" does the Library need before I assign these materials to my students?
A. Please allow 48 hours for processing. Check the "Course Reserves" link on the library website http://www.keene.edu/library/ to see whether they are ready. Course reserves are processed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.
Q. What information must I provide for Reserve materials?
A. Each copy (book, media, or article) must contain a complete citation. In the case of an entire book, video, or recording, that information is generally part of the "package."
Q. What must I do to satisfy copyright requirements for reserves?
A. Provide a complete citation for all published materials you are placing on reserve. The library will obtain copyright permission through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for Articles (only) that do not fall under "Fair Use." You must continue to obtain copyright permission for portions of books, etc. as outlined in Publisher's Permission and Copyright section below.
Q. Do I need a citation for all materials?
A. Only for materials that have been published, but not for materials prepared or developed by you for use by your class, such as sample exams, lecture notes, etc., or for materials in the public domain, such as government reports.
Q. Is there a copyright "rule-of-thumb" regarding photocopies?
A. "Spontaneity, brevity, and cumulative effect" are the key words to remember. Consult the Faculty Handbook section on "Institutional Policies: Copyright Compliance."
Q. May I photocopy a workbook or test sheets that my students then fill out to turn in to me?
A. No. "Consumable" (e.g., workbooks or test sheets) items may not be copied and placed on Reserve.
Q. May I carry photocopies forward to the next semester?
A. Yes. Please inform us by noting that fact on the Course Reserve Request Form.
Q. May I use photocopies of articles as a substitute for a course textbook?
A. No. Photocopies must be supplementary and not a substitute for a textbook.
Q. May I place coursepacks on reserve?
A. No. The KSC Bookstore (Helen Babonis, 603-358-2137) can help you prepare coursepacks for your students to purchase. Or, you can contact XanEdu directly: http://www.xanedu.com
Q. May I donate a course pack to the Library?
A. No. The Library does not collect course packs. You may place a personal copy on Reserve only for the semester for which copyright permission has been granted.
Q. How many different items may I place on Reserve per course?
A. We do not impose limits, however some universities and colleges suggest limiting photocopies to "no more than 9" based on realistic expectations of actual usage. We recommend limiting your reserve items to no more than 25 per course. The circulation department can provide statistics on an item's actual use after the semester ends. Contact Lois Merry, Head of Access Services (603-358-2738) about this issue.
Q. How many copies of the same article may I place on Reserve for a large class?
A.We recommend one copy for every 25 students in a class. You should keep your own "master copy" as a back-up. Copies do get lost (or students fail to return them).
Q. May I put InterLibrary Loan materials on Reserve?
A. Books and Videos - NO. Books and videos borrowed from other libraries are not eligible for Reserve. (Books needed to supplement your course should be purchased by Mason Library). Photocopied articles - YES. Please provide a complete citation when submitting an article for reserve.
Q. The Library owns a journal and I want my students to read articles in the journal. May I copy the articles and place them on Reserve?
A. No. Our journals do not circulate and therefore need not be placed on Reserve. Students are free to make their own photocopies for study purposes. You may also wish to copy the article for your own use.
Publisher's Permission and Copyright
Q.When is the publisher's permission needed?
A. Single photocopy, one semester............No
Single copy, multiple semesters.............Yes
Multiple copies, one semester................No
Multiple copies, multiple semesters........Yes
Anthologies (single or multiple copies).....Yes, from all publishers who have works in the anthology
Copyright permission is not needed for these Reserve materials: BOOKS OR MEDIA - owned by Library BOOKS OR MEDIA - faculty personal copies WORKS PUBLISHED before 1924 U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS (generally in public domain) COURSE NOTES, QUIZZES, HOMEWORK SOLUTIONS that are faculty-generated
Q. How do I go about securing copyright permission?
A. For articles only, Mason Library will seek permission. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to secure this permission in all other cases as necessary. More information is available on the Library website in the Law Guide.
Policy Updated: December 2010
Exhibits and Display
The Mason Library display cases are available to KSC campus organizations, departments, groups, faculty/staff, and students who wish to have an available forum to promote materials, services or events. This may also include highlighting special days, or events of local or national importance. Built-in wall unit display cases are located in the East and the West Wings on the ground floor of the library. The bulletin board in the library lobby is available for all of the groups noted above as well as community members who wish to post announcements, etc. about events and topics of local interest.
- Bring bulletin board items to a Circulation Supervisor before posting.
- Requests for events or displays should be directed to Assistant Dean of the Library, Kathleen Halverson, 358-2712 or email@example.com
The two sets of display cases in the East Wing are maintained by Special Collections and requests for displays in this area should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian. Reservations for the West Wing display case should be made with a Circulation Supervisor. Items intended for the bulletin board must be approved by a Circulation Supervisor.
The Circulation Department of Mason Library oversees the booking of the West Wing display case and maintains the Library’s bulletin board. All displays should be of an academic nature suitable to a public liberal arts college. The Circulation Department can help to coordinate an exhibit/display and retrieve any library materials used in the display, but the artistic arrangement, mounting and dis-assembly are the responsibility of the group requesting the display space.
Groups or individuals booking a display will provide all materials other than library resources. Mason Library is not responsible for any materials that are lost or damaged and exhibitors display materials at their own risk.
Policy updated: April 2003, December 2010
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered by Mason Library to support the research and educational needs of the Keene State College community by providing access to supplemental resources that are not owned by Mason Library or Keene Public Library. The Library conducts all transactions in accordance with the National Interlibrary Loan Code and Explanatory Supplement, the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 107 and 108), CONTU Guidelines, and special interlibrary loan agreements with consortia libraries.
Currently enrolled students, faculty (including emeriti), and staff of Keene State College are eligible to request materials through Interlibrary Loan. Others (alumni, etc.) must use their local library's interlibrary services.
Books and journal articles are the most commonly requested interlibrary loan materials. The following types of materials cannot be supplied through ILL:
- Archival materials
- Rare or valuable materials
- Film rentals
- Reference books
- Conference papers
- Materials owned by Keene State College or Keene Public Library (unless noted as missing/lost, at bindery, or on repair)
After confirming that your item is not listed in Keene-Link submit your requests.
- Search EBSCOhost (Use "Request article through KSC's ILL office" link)
- Search FirstSearch (Use "ILL" icon)
- To request material through the Interlibrary Loan Office, please go to http://www.keene.edu/library/clioweb
A separate form must be completed for each item.
Mason Library adheres to the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Sections 107 and 108) and CONTU Guidelines. We reserve the right to refuse to fill a request if, in our judgment, fulfillment would involve violation of the copyright law.
Charges and Fees
There is no charge to KSC patrons for ILL service, but any request that might incur significant charges requires prior authorization. Charges for lost or damaged ILL materials are the responsibility of the borrower.
Arrival and Pick up of Materials
Turnaround time for receipt of most materials is one to two weeks. However, you should allow four weeks from date of submission to final receipt due to problems with availability, verification, or postal delivery. ILL service is not designed for last-minute research needs.
Journal articles will be posted for online pickup when possible, or mailed directly to the requestor; books will be held at the circulation desk and the requestor notified of their arrival. Patrons will be notified if a request cannot be filled.
Renewal, Recall and Return
Loan periods are determined by the lending library, and renewals are granted at their discretion. Call 358-2715 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request renewals. If no renewal is granted, the patron must return ILL materials as soon as possible. All borrowed materials are subject to recall by the lending library. Books not picked up by the requestor will be returned to the lending library 3 days before the due date. Patrons are expected to honor the lending library's due date.
The Interlibrary Loan Office is not open on weekends or holidays. E-mail the Office at email@example.com or call 358-2715.
Lost or damaged library items
Patrons are responsible for replacement charges and billing fees for lost or damaged items. The Library does not accept materials that patrons purchase as replacements. When purchasing materials, the Library determines their appropriateness according to our collection development policy, chooses correct editions and appropriate bindings, and satisfies all licensing requirements. Replacement charges owed by Keene State College students will be transferred to the Bursar’s office for collection every month, with a $5.00 billing fee added to the replacement charges at that time. If a student returns a billed item after the charges have been sent to the Bursar, the Library will waive a portion of the fees.
The Library charges the following rates for replacement, a figure which includes both processing and overdue fees:
Audio CDs: $37.00
Laptop Computers: $2000.00
Green Bike - $60.00
Lock / Key - $20.00
(Charges are subject to change based on current material prices)
Policy updated: December 2010
Lost & Found
Mason Library assumes no responsibility for personal items left in the building. These items will be held at the circulation desk only until they given to Campus Safety. Individuals seeking items lost in the library should contact the Campus Safety office.
Policy Updated: April 2011
Mason Library at Keene State College protects the privacy of those who use the library. Staff members and student workers shall protect registration information about borrowers, their requests for information and materials, and their loan transactions. New Hampshire law prohibits the library from giving out any information regarding a patron's library account to ANY other person regardless of their status or identity, without a subpoena, search warrant, or court order.
Patron privacy information includes:
- A patron's name (or whether an individual is or has been a registered borrower)
- A patron's physical address
- A patron's telephone number
- A patron's e-mail address
- A patron’s library circulation record and its contents (including Course Reserves and Interlibrary Loan transactions)
- The number and character of a patron’s reference inquiries
All employees of Mason Library, including volunteers and student assistants, are instructed to comply with these guidelines. (see New Hampshire RSA 201-D:11)
Employees MAY do the following:
- Provide the due date of a particular item (without disclosing who currently has it)
- Recall any checked out item (without disclosing who currently has it)
Information Regarding Privacy Issues from the American Library Association
The Library encourages you to explore the ALA website for more information.
- Office for Intellectual Freedom Home Page
- Questions and Answers on Privacy and Confidentiality
- ALA's Washington Office
About the USA Patriot Act of 2001
Libraries are facing a dilemma of having the responsibility of protecting the privacy of our patrons while responding to legitimate national security concerns. On October 25, 2001, Congress passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" (USA PATRIOT) Act. The Act broadly expands law enforcement's surveillance and investigative powers.
For additional information, see the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.
The USA Patriot Act overrides New Hampshire confidentiality laws protecting library records and the library will comply with it. The Library's policy relating to privacy and confidentiality of information has not changed as a result of the of the USA PATRIOT Act.
Access to patron information under the Act may include, but not be limited to, the following records:
- Database search records
- Circulation records
- Computer use records
- Interlibrary loan records
- Reference interviews
Libraries or librarians served with a search warrant issued under FISA (Foreign Intelligence Security Act) rules may not disclose, under penalty of law, the existence of the warrant or the fact that records were produced as a result of the warrant. Staff cannot tell a patron that his or her records were given to the FBI or that he or she is the subject of an FBI investigation, nor speak to coworkers, the media, or other government officials about the inquiry. Such requests can be reported to a higher authority within the library and the University System of New Hampshire's General Counsel only.
Definitions and How Mason Library Handles These Items
Database Search Records: These records refer to the searches of the collection a patron may conduct on the Online Public Access Terminals (OPAC). These searches are conducted by utilizing Keene-Link, a joint automated catalog of the holdings of Keene State College’s Mason Library and Keene Public Library. Keene-Link is a product of Innovative Interfaces Inc. The system software retains records of searches, but those searches cannot be connected to any individual.
Circulation Records: Patron material is circulated via the Keene-Link system. The circulation software tracks materials currently checked out, automatically erasing them from a reader's borrowing record once a book is returned and all fines are paid. However, on an item-by-item basis, there is a record of the last patron who checked out that item until that item is circulated to another patron. Also, the system has tape back-ups of daily transactions. These tapes are retained for four to five weeks.
Computer Use Records: The library system is equipped with computers, which access the Internet. The computer keeps a history of searches until it is rebooted. See also Computer Use Policy
Interlibrary Loan Records: Patrons may borrow items not owned by Mason Library from other libraries worldwide via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Patron information is kept in a secure database and is used for the sole purpose of contacting the patron about their interlibrary loan requests. To assure compliance with U.S. copyright laws, transaction records are routinely archived. The library does not maintain paper records of individual ILL transactions.
Reference Interviews: Reference Interviews: A reference interview occurs when a patron looking for information approaches a member of the library staff who then interviews the patron in order to narrow down the specific information needed. No paper record containing patron information is generated during the interview. Paper records of telephone reference queries are discarded as soon as the requested information is delivered. Reference questions are received and answered electronically through email and text-based electronic interactions. Text-based interactions are not retained, but email interactions may remain on KSC’s server for a period of time.
Procedures for Responding to Law Enforcement Requests
Mason Library staff will cooperate with law enforcement and comply with the law when served with legal subpoena or search warrant. The staff will strive for operational continuity in the event that workstations, servers, or backups are removed or made inoperable by such service.
- If anyone approaches library staff alleging to be a law enforcement official requesting information, staff members should refer the law enforcement official to the Dean of the Library, the Assistant Dean, or the Head of Access Services. The Dean of the Library, Assistant Dean, or Head of Access Services will ask to see official identification and photocopy the ID.
- If a law enforcement official presents a subpoena, the library staff member should direct that person to the Dean of the Library, the Assistant Dean, or the Head of Access Services who will forward it to the University System's General Counsel Office.
- If a library staff member is presented with a search warrant, they should immediately contact the Dean of the Library, the Assistant Dean, or the Head of Access Services who will also contact the University System's General Counsel Office.
- Keep a detailed record of the legal requests and give that record to the Library Director.
- The Dean of the Library will keep a record of all legal requests and of all costs incurred by any search and/or seizures.
- If a "Gag Order" is in effect, report the contact only to the Dean of the Library. A search warrant presented under the US Patriot Act typically contains language restricting the dissemination of information about the search warrant. This language is referred to as the "Gag Order."
- If a "Gag Order" is not in effect, the Dean of the Library will notify the President of the College, the University System's General Counsel Office, and the American Library Association.
Emergency Disclosures of Information: If in the normal course of business, a library staff member observes behavior or receives a communication, which may reasonably be construed to be a threat of imminent danger to life and limb of the general public or the staff, he/she should contact local law enforcement agencies immediately. He/she should then contact the Dean of the Library and his/her supervisor and also fill out an Incident Report.
Portions of the policy were adapted from "Keene Public Library Policy and Procedures in Response to the USA Patriot Act of 2001,"Drafted Nov. 7, 2003; updated: December 2010
Theft and Mutilation
The Library will adhere to Keene State College’s Policy on Academic Honesty (referred to as College Policy) when seeking to address incidents of theft and mutilation of library materials. The procedures and guidelines found in College Policy will be followed when applicable. However, the Library has special circumstances which need additional and complementary policies and procedures to supplement the College Policy. This document will serve as Library Policy.
The Library reserves the right to examine the contents of any backpack, purse, or bag when the security system gate alarm has been activated.
Improper Removal of Library Materials: If a library user is discovered to be exiting the building with library materials which have not been properly checked out, or which do not circulate, he/she will be asked to present a form of identification to a library staff member. If, in the judgment of the library staff member, the library user deliberately failed to properly check out library materials, the person may be charged with a violation of the College Policy and may be subject to action by civil authorities*. The staff member will complete an Incident Report form, which will be forwarded to the library administration. Campus Safety may become involved.
Mutilation of Library Materials and Property: All incidents of mutilation of library materials or property will be considered a violation of College Policy and reported to the library administration. The Incident Report form will be used and any evidence gathered should accompany the form. Campus Safety will be informed and the City of Keene Police as necessary for vandalism. See: “Theft and Damage Violations” in the Student Code of Conduct.
Penalties for Violations of College Policy: The penalty for the first violation of the College Policy will be payment of all material replacement costs (if the material has been damaged). Subsequent violations "will be considered as grounds for, and may result in, permanent dismissal from the college" (College Policy). Other sanctions and fines may be applied in lieu of dismissal. See: KSC Academic Honesty Policy.
As with the enforcement of any library or college policy, the discretion of the staff involved must be respected. The library administration will determine the sanction and/or fine for violation of College Policy, in consultation with other campus entities as appropriate. Students have the right to appeal as specified in the College Policy. In keeping with College Policy, all violation reports will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost/Vice-President of Academic Affairs, where they will be kept on file.
*New Hampshire law (RSA 202-A:24) states that "Any person who shall willfully or maliciously deface, damage or destroy any property belonging to or in the care of any gallery or museum or any state, public, school, college, or other institutional library, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any such person shall forfeit to or for the use of such library, gallery, or museum, 3 times the amount of the damage sustained, to be recovered in an action in the superior court."
Policy updated: December 2010
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- Linda Madden Interlibrary Loan Supervisor
- ILL Office: 603-358-2715
- ILL Fax: 603-358-2743
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered by Mason Library to support the research and
educational needs of the Keene State College community by providing access to supplemental
resources that are not available at Mason Library, Keene Public Library, or in full-text
periodical databases subscribed to by the College. Through our participation in OCLC
(Online Computer Library Center, a global library cooperative), and the New Hampshire
State Library's NHAIS (New Hampshire Automated Information System) we can share our
resources and borrow materials from virtually anywhere.
Turn-around time for receipt of most materials is one to two weeks, but some take considerably longer. View the complete Interlibrary Loan Policy Before submitting your request, please search the catalog. We cannot process requests for items held locally.
To Submit a Request:
- Search EBSCOhost: use "KSC: Check for full text" link
- Search FirstSearch : use "KSC: Check for full text" link
If you have a citation from another source:
- Log in to Mason Library Interlibrary Loan Service
- Request without logging in
- New to ILL?
- Register with your first request
To View Articles or Review Requests:
Log in to Mason Library Interlibrary Loan Service
The interlibrary loan office is on the first floor of Mason Library, room 121A, across from the reference desk.
Ask a librarian
Our friendly librarians can be of great help on your quest for information, and there are many ways to pursue it.
For general reference assistance we keep the reference desked staffed from xxx to xxx. It is located on the first
floor***(map image or link)***, immediately adjacent to the circulation desk.
The telephone number for the reference desk is:
Reference Contact Information
You may contact a reference librarian during normal reference hours by coming to the reference desk in person, calling, emailing, using an instant messenger service, or making an appointment. See below for reference hours, and specific contact information.
|In person||Reference hours|
|AIM and Yahoo! screen name:
MSN email (screen name):
|Make an appointment:||firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reference staff actively assists library users in identifying, selecting, and evaluating resources for academic or personal projects. This includes helping library users gain comfort with and knowledge of using the library.
In addition, our work involves evaluating the collection of both print and electronic reference materials offered through the Library and participating in the selection of new circulating library materials.
The Library's home page links to Keene-Link, the combined catalog of both Keene State College and the Keene Public Library. Through Keene-Link users can locate books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and media held by the two libraries. The Find an eSource link on the Library's home page leads the user to a wide range of selected electronic and print sources.
|American Studies||Rodney Obienemail@example.com||358-2717|
|Children's Literature||Kathleen Halversonfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2712|
|Communication, Journalism and Philosophy||Elizabeth Dolingeremail@example.com||358-2749|
|Computer Science||Kara Youngfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2716|
|Environmental Studies||Jen Ditkoffemail@example.com||358-2725|
|Film Studies||Rodney Obienfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2717|
|General Science||Jen Ditkoffemail@example.com||358-2725|
|Graphic Design||Peg Barrettfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2714|
|Health Science||Lois Merryemail@example.com||358-2738|
|Holocaust & Genocide Studies||Rodney Obienfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2717|
|Library and Information Science||Kathleen Halversonemail@example.com||358-2712|
|Modern Languages||Patrick O'Brienfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2713|
|Physical Education||Lois Merryemail@example.com||358-2738|
|Political Science||Kara Youngfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2716|
|Social Science||Elizabeth Dolingeremail@example.com||358-2749|
|Special Education||Elizabeth Dolingerfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2749|
|Technology, Design & Safety||Lois Merryemail@example.com||358-2738|
|Theatre & Dance||Patrick O'Brienfirstname.lastname@example.org||358-2713|
|Women's Studies||Peg Barrettemail@example.com||358-2714|
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