Welcome, New Faculty!


On Wednesday, August 21st we had the pleasure of meeting many of our new faculty. Here is a summary of some of the most frequently asked questions that we received:


What types of Library Instruction does the Gordon Library offer?

Librarians are here to help with research projects and provide guidance on research best practices covering topics related to using the library most efficiently, locating quality sources, developing strong bibliographies and avoiding plagiarism.  Librarians gear instruction to meet faculty objectives for students and provide instruction opportunities both online and in person, in-class or outside of class time.  Visit Library Instructional Services for more information.


How can I access Gordon Library electronic resources from off campus?

The Library uses EZ Proxy, which will prompt you to enter your WPI credentials when you access library resources from off campus. WPI has a proxy server for those who prefer that method of access. Learn more about the proxy server.


How can I put materials on reserve?

You can make resources available to your students either electronically or physically. More information on reserves can be found on Course Reserves and myWPI eReadings. These reserves must adhere to copyright laws and cannot be course packets, consumable works, or materials belonging to another institution. Learn more about copyright.


How can I place electronic resources on reserve for my class?

You can link electronic reserves through your course’s myWPI site. License agreements from many database vendors allow creation of links in your myWPI course sites directly to the full text of articles or electronic books. See the LibGuide on Creating Linked Readings for more information.


How can I put course texts on reserve? 

Learn about Course Reserves & myWPI eReadings. If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Julian, Access Services Coordinator.


How can I request materials such as books or DVDs for the library’s collection?

Each academic department is allocated a budget for the purchase of library materials. These funds should be used to purchase material that supports our undergraduate and graduate curricula, as well as projects and global programs. Each department has its own procedures for placing the orders with the library. Some departments have library liaisons who submit orders for their department and in others the department head acts as the liaison, in which case the department’s administrative assistant usually submits the orders. Contact your department head to see how ordering is done in your department or use our Suggest a Purchase form.


May I suggest the library purchase new electronic journal subscriptions?

Yes, you may use Suggest a Purchase form to recommend journals. Requests are reviewed annually. Requests must include a justification of need and will be evaluated on the importance of the subject area for WPI and whether Gordon Library can support the subscription/license on a long term basis. See the Library’s Collection Development Policy for details.


How do I get access to materials that the Gordon Library does not have?

Faculty may borrow items through InterLibrary Loan or get quick access to articles through  by adding a “needed by” date with their ILLiad form and adding comments that the item is needed quickly. Calling the Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery office during business hours is your best bet, if you need something right away. Faculty can also sign up for an ARC card to enable borrowing privileges at area libraries.

Don’t see your question here? Just Ask Us! We are always happy to help.



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This post was written by:

Evelyn Riley

- who has written 73 posts on Gordon Library.

Prior to retiring, Lynn served as primary library contact for questions, instruction, and information on copyright issues. In addition, Lynne participated in the research education program, providing library resources training sessions and research consultations to courses such as: First year seminars; Writing intensive courses; Undergraduate team projects; and Humanities inquiry seminars.

One Response to “Welcome, New Faculty!”

  1. Charles Recchia Says:

    Thank you Lynne. Great list of FAQs with links above and extremely useful session last Wednesday for us new faculty members in attendance.