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Library Orientation

Assignment

Name: Date:

Class: Instructor:

Possible Points: 37 Points Received:

Try to follow these exercises / steps in the order in which they appear:

PART I – Resources on main / 2nd floor of Library

a. Current Magazines: As you walk through the library entrance, you will be on the reference
floor (main / 2nd floor) of the library. Current magazines are kept on the display shelves to the
left. Review these magazines that are kept in alphabetical order by title. List two magazine
titles that might interest you personally.

1. 2.

b. Videos / DVDs: As you walk through the library entrance, you will be on the reference floor
(main / 2nd floor) of the library. Videos and DVDs are also kept on the display shelves to the
left. Review these videos and DVDs that are kept in alphabetical order by title. List two
movie titles that you might check out for the weekend.

1. 2.

c. Career books: As you walk through the library entrance, you will be on the reference floor
(main / 2nd floor) of the library. All reference books are kept on this floor. Find the 331 section
(career books). List two titles from this section.

1.

2.

d. New books / Bestsellers / Children’s books: As you walk through the library
entrance, you will be on the reference floor (main / 2nd floor) of the library. New books,
bestsellers, and children’s books are kept near the Circulation Desk. Browse these areas and
list one title from each area.

New Book (New Book cart is located near the left of the Circulation Desk):

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Bestseller Book (Bestsellers are located on the Circulation Desk counter and to the right of
the Circulation Desk.)

Children’s Book (Children’s books are located behind the Circulation Desk.)

PART II – Library Services

a. GO TO BOTH the Circulation Desk (by the main entrance) AND the Reference
Desk (on the far right side).
Read the SIGNS at both the Circulation Desk and Research Desk counters
which indicate the type of help / service / staff expertise / material / equipment you can find
at each desk.
Mark a C next to the items where you would first check with a staff person behind the
Circulation Desk.
Mark an R next to the items where you would first check with a staff person behind the
Reference Desk.
Check out books and videos.

Help with general reference questions or help with a research paper assignment.

Pick up laser printer jobs.

Assistance in finding and using both electronic and print resources.

Renew library items or have questions about overdue fines.

Check out material on reserve.

General assistance with using Microsoft Word or help in formatting a paper.

Ask questions about using the vendacard machine.

Educational videos or back issues of magazines and newspapers.

b. Pick up a Library Fact Sheet for Students at the Circulation or Reference Desk
counters. Review the information on both sides. Find the section heading, Library’s
Web Site, and read the information in this section.
What is the web address for the GTCC home page?

What is the name of the link you click on from the GTCC home page to get to the library’s

web site?

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b. Library Fact Sheet – cont’d
Find the section heading, Library Cards, and read the information from this section.
What are 2 reasons why you need your GTCC student ID card when using the library?

1.

2.

c. Pick up a GTCC Libraries Bookmark at the Circulation or Reference Desk


counters. Review the information on both sides of the bookmark.

What is the loan period for books?

What is the loan period for popular videos?

d. Photocopiers
Go to the photocopiers located on the main floor on the left side of the library entrance near
the wall. Read the Copies signs. How much is it per copy?

PART III – Online Resources Available through the Library’s Web Site

Electric Library
Find an online magazine article about test taking skills in the Electric Library database:
1. Go to one of the computers in the Reference area.
2. From the desktop, double-click on Internet Explorer.

3. When the login window appears, click on the Jamestown Campus button.

4. When the GTCC Library home page screen appears, click on Online Resources.

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5. When the Online Resources screen appears, click on General under the Browse
Databases by Subject section.

6. When the search results screen appears, click on the link for Electric Library.

7. When the search screen for Electric Library appears (will open in a new window), type
college success in the Search window. Click on the clear all option to clear all the
check marks from the seven types of resources. Check mark the box for magazines
only. Type career world in the Publication search window (may need to scroll down).
Click on the Search button or press the <Enter> key to execute the search.

8. When the search results screen appears, SCROLL DOWN and click on the title, How to
Avoid First-year Pitfalls.
9. When the full article appears, answer the following information:

Author:

Date of Magazine:

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10. Click on the X in the upper right corner to close the Electric Library screen and return to the
Online Resources screen with the GTCC menu on the left.

Part IV – Registering to Use the Library From Home

Follow the instructions below for Registering to access Electric Library and other online
database services from home or any computer outside the GTCC campuses.

1. From the GTCC menu on the left, click on Library Services.

2. When the GTCC Library home page appears, click on Use the Library From Home.

3. When the Use the Library From Home page appears, click on the REGISTER button next to
the question, "Not yet registered for remote access this semester?"

4. When the online form appears, fill out the required information. When you get to the ID No.
section, you have 3 options. You can use your GTCC Student ID, the last 4 digits of
your SS# or make up a password. SCROLL DOWN and click on the Submit button
when you are done.

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5. Write the ID # you chose here:

Requests are not activated or processed automatically. You will need to RETURN
to the Use the Library From Home web page later in the day or tomorrow. Our
library staff checks and processes incoming requests, Mon - Friday in the late afternoon.

** Steps 6 thru 10 are NOT part of the assignment. The following steps are for
future reference for retrieving the login information & passwords for accessing the Library’s
online database services from home.

6. Go back to the Use the Library From Home web page later in the day or
tomorrow. In the box under the question, "Already requested remote access for this
semester?" type in the ID # you wrote in step 5. Press the <Enter> key or click on
the SIGN IN button.

7. The next screen to appear will contain the login information and passwords to access
several online database services from any Internet computer outside the library. You will
need to scroll down to view all the services along with the links/usernames/passwords to
access these services outside the library.
8. You can PRINT OUT this web page AND/OR any time you want to use an online database
service, go back to the Use the Library From Home web page. This login information screen
will appear every time you type in your ID # throughout the semester.
9. You will need to register online again when a new semester begins.
10. If you have any other questions or problems accessing these services from home, call the
GTCC Library Reference Desk at 336-334-4822 ext. 2636.

PART V – Finding Books Using the Online Library Catalog


Find a book on college study skills using the library catalog. Follow the instructions
below:
1. From the GTCC menu on the left, click on Library Services.

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2. When the GTCC Library home page appears, click on the Catalog.

3. When the Basic search screen appears, type college study skills in the search
window. Click on the Go button or press the <Enter> key to execute the search.

4. When the Search Results screen appears, scroll down and click on the title,
Succeeding in college : study skills and strategies. When the full record
appears, answer the following information:

Author:

Call No. (SCROLL DOWN to the green bar labeled Copy/Holding information. Make
sure you jot down the complete call number):

What floor is the Nonfiction collection kept?

PART VI – Locating Online Books in the Catalog and


Creating an Account to Access Online Books From Home
1. Click on Return to results on the upper right side of the screen.

2. When the results screen appears, select Online from the Limit by menu on the upper right
side of the screen. Click on the arrow button to limit your search.

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3. When the results list appears, click on the 1st title, Handbook of college reading
and study strategy research to bring up the full record.
4. When the full record appears, scroll down and click anywhere on the
http://www.netlibrary.com link next to the Internet Access heading.

5. When the NetLibrary Ebook Details screen appears, click on the Create an Account link in
the upper right corner of the screen.

6. When the Create a Free Account screen appears, fill out the online form.

7. Write the username and password you chose for NetLibrary here:

Username:

Password:

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PART VII – How to Read Dewey Decimal Call Numbers

The GTCC Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification to arrange non-fiction books on
the library shelves downstairs on the 1st floor. Dewey call numbers are divided into parts. In an
online library catalog record, a space separates the sections of the Dewey call number. On the
actual book label, the sections are separated into several lines. When dates are included, they
are on the last line of the call number.

• Read the numbers before the decimal point as whole numbers.


• Read the numbers after the decimal point as decimals.

Example:

Library catalog record: 419.725 C36 1986

419.725
Becomes book label: C36
1986

419.86
That is shelved before:
C381h

Further Explanation:
• Every Dewey Decimal call number begins with three numbers.
Example: 003 is never written as 3
• Numbers to the left of the decimal point are whole numbers.
Therefore, 015 comes before 150
• Numbers to the right of the decimal point are decimal numbers.
Therefore, 970.13 comes before 970.3

The following Dewey call numbers / books are in correct shelf order for the reasons given:

1. 970
2. 970.01 - is larger than 970
3. 970.13 - is larger than 970.01
4. 970.3 - (970.300) is larger than 970.13 (970.130)

a. Place an X in one of the blank boxes below where the Dewey call number /
book labeled 970.245 should go.

970 970.01 970.13 970.3

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PART VIII – Non-Fiction Circulating Collection
st
a. Go downstairs (1 floor) and locate the aisle that contains books starting with the
call number 378.17. Browse through these books.
b. Jot down the titles of two books STARTING with the call number 378.17 (other
than the title you found in the catalog in Part V).

1.

2.

PART IX – Fiction Circulating Collection


c. Go upstairs (3rd floor) and locate the following fiction books starting with the call
number:

F
T649

Who is the author of the books starting with the call number F T649?

Final Question:
Approximately how many hours/minutes did it take you to complete this assignment?

You have now completed the Library Orientation Assignment.

Hand your completed assignment


to the Circulation Desk staff for grading.

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