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Code of Conduct

As outlined in the Murphy Library Mission & Values statement, the library staff is committed to supporting research, teaching and public service. We expect all users to conduct themselves in a manner that does not disturb other patrons, disrupt the operation of the library or cause damage to the library, its equipment and materials. Users and visitors are also expected to abide by all relevant University policies as well as local, state and federal laws.

Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following:

Relating to library patrons and their environment:

  • Creating a disturbance or behaving in a manner which interferes with normal use of the library (including rowdiness, noise, and offensive interpersonal behavior)
  • Using threatening, intimidating, or abusive language or behavior towards patrons or staff
  • Possession of alcohol or illegal substances within the library
  • Overt signs of substance abuse, including drunkenness
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Engaging in any sexual activities, including, but not limited to, exposure, offensive touching, or sexual harassment of patrons or library staff
  • Possessing a weapon or hazardous substance
  • Discourteous and disruptive use of cell phones and audio equipment. Please limit cell phone use to the lobby in the library as a courtesy to others.
  • Tying up library resources by leaving personal belongings unattended at computer stations, in group study rooms or other study areas for extended periods of time.
  • Consuming food in regulated areas (or drinks not in spill-proof containers). See Food and Drink Policy.
  • Soliciting, petitioning, selling or displaying items for sale
  • Disturbing others with strong odors, e.g., perfumes, alcohol, personal hygiene
  • Bringing animals in the library unless they are certified assistance animals
  • For their safety and well-being, children should be accompanied by a parent or adult and should not be left unsupervised. Parents, not UWL Murphy Library, are responsible for their children’s use of the library, including access to electronic resources.

Relating to library building, equipment and the collections:

  • Misuse of restrooms
  • Obstructing use of library equipment or facilities, or denying access to library materials through theft or deliberate misplacement
  • Defacing, damaging, mutilating or destroying library property or equipment, including altering or tampering with library computers. See Mutilation/Theft Policy.
  • Violating University and Library rules regarding computer use. See Electronic Information policy
  • Failing to adhere to copyright laws
  • Opening emergency exits or setting off security and/or emergency alarms except in emergency situations
  • Filming or taping any area or room, staff or patron without the permission of the
    Murphy Library Administrative Office or public services staff
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the Library, remaining in the Library after closing or when requested to leave during emergencies
  • Skating, including use of skates, skateboards, inline skates and scooters. Bicycles may not be parked in building

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse students, faculty and staff have priority over all other library users for access to library collections, services, and facilities. Exceptions may be made for patrons accessing Federal or Wisconsin government depository materials.

Library personnel have the authority to enforce this policy. Anyone who violates this policy will be so informed and asked to stop the offensive conduct and/or leave the facility. Library users shall show identification when requested to do so by Library personnel when they identify themselves and state the reason for their request. Library staff reserves the right to inspect bags, etc. if the security system is set off.

Patrons may be asked to leave the library, lose their library privileges and /or be subject to disciplinary or legal action as appropriate. Campus police will be called when necessary. The Library will pursue any misconduct through campus disciplinary channels as stated in UW System Administrative Code UWS Chapter 17. Where appropriate, infractions may be referred to local, state or federal law enforcement officials.

You have a right to feel safe in Murphy Library. Please report any suspicious behavior and/or activities to the Circulation desk immediately.

Collection Development

Goal

The goal of the library is to support the mission of UWL by providing access to a collection of materials which best serves the classroom and research needs of the undergraduate and graduate students. The collection must provide resources to support and enrich classroom instruction for the UWL curriculum, and when financially possible, should provide some materials to meet the general and recreational needs of the University community. Faculty research efforts will be supported by providing access to information as well as making document delivery services available to fulfill specific information needs. The library recognizes the need for the active participation by the faculty in the development of the library collection.

The library collection includes all formats, i.e., books, periodicals, microforms, audio-visual materials, electronic resources, etc. The University Library upholds and promotes the following statements from the American Library Association:

  1. Bill of Rights
  2. Freedom to Read Statement
  3. Intellectual Freedom Statements

Objectives

  1. To provide resources to support and enrich classroom instruction.
  2. To anticipate and fulfill the information and curricular needs of the primary user group (students and faculty) by actively seeking and maintaining communication through the faculty liaison program, purchase requests, and meetings with the faculty.
  3. To be cognizant of the resources in subject areas taught at UWL, and to acquire these materials as funds permit.
  4. To be aware of and responsive to the dynamics of curriculum change based on the course descriptions provided by the undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees.
  5. To maintain and develop current and easily accessible collection through judicious weeding or de-selection, plus continuously review the scope and depth for adequacy of support.  Whenever possible, qualitative and quantitative measures are employed in the evaluation (selection/de-selection) of resources.
  6. To budget the resources allocated to Murphy Library in order to best meet the instructional needs of each department.
  7. To emphasize the purchase of materials which correspond to the UWL mission statement.
  8. To subscribe to online information services related to the disciplines of each college.
  9. To acquire electronic and citation services which will support faculty research and scholarly work.
  10. To develop and support a number of services to provide faculty with access to information and research related to their research and scholarly work.

Responsibility for Selection of Materials

All materials acquired with library funds are university property available for the use of the entire campus community.

The collection development rationale is informed selectivity rather than comprehensiveness.

It is the responsibility of the library faculty with the advice of the departmental liaisons, to maintain a library collection which conforms to the collection development guidelines.

Librarians will consult with the faculty and departments in the selection of specific information services.

Scope, mission relatedness, annual fees, and startup cost will have a bearing on the selection process.

Faculty Liaison

Each academic department will select one faculty member to serve as its Library Liaison. The Liaison will maintain communication between the department he/she serves and the library by relating departmental needs and issues to the library's collection management librarian. As the library's communication resource within each department, the Liaison:

  1. will serve as the channel through which departmental requests for library purchases will be made;
  2. will review and clarify the category of each book purchase request;
  3. will respond to questions from the library on the status of departmental purchase requests;
  4. will receive reports from the library on the status of departmental purchase requests and budget allocations;
  5. will receive and circulate a periodic list of books received by the library as the result of departmental orders;
  6. will meet with the collection development librarian to discuss existing and evolving departmental needs.

The assistance of the teaching faculty is solicited in the selection process to assure appropriate strength in the subject areas of their teaching. The final responsibility for selection rests with the library.

Recommendations for purchase may be initiated by any member of the UWL academic community: faculty, academic staff, staff, or students.

New academic programs should be communicated to the library faculty so that acquisition of the needed resources may be accomplished in an orderly and timely way. Additional funds will be needed.

The library is committed to making diverse viewpoints fully and freely available. No material will be excluded because of social, political, cultural, or religious views expressed.

The library faculty carries the responsibility for the correction of imbalances and weaknesses in the collection. It is the library's responsibility to ensure the adequacy and quality of selection and the building of a balanced collection. The library has the ultimate responsibility for collection development and acquisition policies and for the co-ordination of resource development of the library as a whole.

Collection Depth

It is recognized that the requirements for library materials vary in different subject areas. The UWL catalog and the mission statement will be consulted to aid in establishing the selections. The faculty liaison will be consulted in determining the depth and breadth of the collection.

Definition of Levels of Selection:

  1. Minimal. A subject area in which few selections are made beyond very basic works and reference sources. No course work is offered at UWL.
  2. Basic Information Levels. A collection of up-to-date general materials which serves to introduce and define a subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. A basic information collection is not sufficient to support any advanced undergraduate course or independent study in the subject areas involved.
  3. Instructional Support Level. A collection that is sufficient to support undergraduate and some graduate instruction and research. A collection adequate to maintain knowledge of a subject required for limited or generalized purpose. It includes a wide range of basic monographs, complete collections of the works of more important writers, selections from the works of secondary writers, a selection of representative journals, access to appropriate non- bibliographic date bases, and the reference tools pertaining to the subject.
  4. Research Level. A collection that includes the major published source materials required for dissertations and independent research including materials containing research reporting, new findings, scientific experimental results, and other information useful to researchers. Older material is retained for historical research. UWL will not collect at this level.
  5. Comprehensive Level. A collection in which a library endeavors, so far as is reasonably possible, to include all significant works of recorded knowledge (publications, manuscripts, other forms) in all applicable languages, for a necessarily defined and limited field. This selection level is one that seeks to maintain a "special collection". The aim, if not the achievement, is exhaustiveness. UWL will not collect at this level.

Guidelines for the Selection of Library Materials

The library requires that all purchase requests are categorized before submitting them.

  1. Essential - Needed at Library regardless of duplication around UWS.
  2. Desirable - To be purchased if funds are available, or must be readily available in another UWS library (delivery via Universal Borrowing).
  3. Remotely Accessible - available via interlibrary loan (or Universal Borrowing) and not likely to be purchased.

The library will not purchase:

  • Reprints of articles already in the library
  • Textbooks
  • Expensive and infrequently used materials

Multiple copies will be purchased only if heavy demand and continuous use as evidenced by circulation and verifiable patron request can be demonstrated.

Generally, library materials are acquired in those languages in which academic programs are taught. English language materials will predominate.

Faculty Publications

The library acquires faculty publications according to the collection policy that determines book selection in general, i.e., those works that are appropriate for an academic library are acquired.

Gifts

Murphy Library welcomes donations of books and other library related materials as a way of enhancing our collections.

It is important to note that the scope and size of Murphy Library's collection is due in part to the generosity of past and present donors.

Materials are evaluated and accepted for inclusion in our collections based on their relevance to the university curriculum and research needs of library users as determined by the library's collection policies. Murphy Library reserves the right to decline or dispose of donated materials in a manner that best benefits it.

Conditions of Acceptance:

Please keep in mind that not all donations can be added to our collections. In such cases, gift materials are disposed of as follows:

  • Item transferred to other UW library.
  • Donations are sold in bi-annual book sale. Proceeds are used for library acquisitions, library programming, and staff enhancement.
  • Disposed/recycled in another way as deemed appropriate.

All donations become the property of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the State of Wisconsin, and may not be re-claimed at a later time. Murphy Library does not accept gifts on long-term loans or can we accept gifts where the donor places restrictions or limitations on use or disposal of such gifts. Generally, library policy dictates that gift material becomes integrated into the existing collections and is subject to the same conditions of use.

Appraisals:

Murphy Library is prohibited by law from appraising donations for tax deduction purposes. However, the Library does provide letters of acknowledgment, which include a list of the donated materials.

Contacts:

If you are interested in donating materials to UW-La Crosse's Murphy Library, please contact:

John Jax
jjax@uwlax.edu
608.785.8567

Rebecca Strandlie
rstrandlie@uwlax.edu
608.785.8509

- Policy written 7/18/95 (Gift Policy revised 9/10/2002)

Display Case

Policy and Procedures for Scheduling Library Resource Center Display Cases 

The three display cases located on the main floor of the LRC are available for scheduled use. When scheduling conflicts occur, priority will be given to requests on the following basis: 
    First priority: Murphy Library oriented materials, topics, and/or events in which the LRC is a participant. 
    Second priority: University departments and units 
    Third priority: Recognized student organizations Content of the display should be of general interest to the university community. 
 
When a question of appropriateness is raised, the topic will be referred to the Library Advisory Council for recommended action. The library reserves the right to deny requests. 
 
Exhibitors are responsible for placing the materials in the cases and removing them at the designated time. The library is not responsible for the security of materials. 
 
The display case request form should be returned to the office at least one month prior to the display date. 
 

Explanation of Display Cases and Requirements

Murphy Library has two areas that can be utilized for periodic displays by groups outside of the library: 
1. Horizontal standalone display case near the Multimedia and Periodicals ares area - approximately 21" high, 68" wide, 15" deep, with 2 moveable glass shelves. 
2. Three vertical individual wall display cases near elevator; approximate dimensions of each are as follows: 61" high, 45" wide, 18" deep; 3 moveable glass shelves for each case. 
Materials and supplies available for your use at Murphy Library include a number of project display and mounting boards and felt liner for the glass shelves. 
 
 
Please contact one of the persons listed below before you arrive at Murphy Library so that arrangements can be made for you to get the keys to the locked display cabinets.
 

 Teri Holford-Talpe,  tholford-talpe@uwlax.edu, 608.785.8944

Government Documents Collection Development

I. Responsibility

The Depository Coordinator has primary responsibility for the content of the government documents collections in accordance with the expectations of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Wisconsin Documents Depository Program (WDDP), the overall Murphy Library Collection Development Policy, and the policies described here.

II. FDLP and WDDP Information

The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to its Government’s information. The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) administers the FDLP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public. Information products from the Federal Government are disseminated to these nationwide libraries that, in turn, ensure the American public has free access to the materials, both in print and online.  

The goal of the Wisconsin Document Depository Program, as authorized by Wisconsin state law, is to preserve and make available a record of major state government programs and assure the availability of state documents published by state agencies for use by Wisconsin citizens now and in the future regardless of format.  Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning (RL&LL), a team within the Department of Public Instruction, administers the WDDP on behalf of the participating libraries and the public.

Murphy Library is a designated selective depository library in both the FDLP and the WDDP. In priority order, the collection is designed to meet government information research needs of  

  1. The UW-La Crosse community,
  2. The people of Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional district (FDLP), and
  3. The general public.

Murphy Library adheres to the legal requirements and regulations published in Legal Requirements & Program Regulations of the Federal Depository Library Program (US GPO, 2011) and General Responsibilities and Guidelines for All Types of Depository Libraries (WI RL&LL, 2008) along with all library guidance and instructions maintained by GPO and RL&LL.  All tangible publications received through the FDLP are marked as such, indicating that they remain the property of the United States government.

Murphy Library has selected around 50% of the resources distributed through the FDLP since joining the program in 1965.  Also locally, the La Crosse Public Library has been a selective Federal government documents depository library since 1883; they currently select around 20% of the resources distributed through the program.  The two Federal depository libraries in the City of La Crosse maintain working relations, including collection development coordination, reflecting complementary strengths of the two collections.  The FDLP regional depository library that serves the 3rd Congressional District with a comprehensive Federal government documents collection is the State Historical Society in Madison.

As a selective depository library in the WDDP since 1974, Murphy Library receives all materials designated for full distribution through the program.  Also locally, the La Crosse Public Library is a regional depository library in the WDDP, which means they also receive materials designated only for limited distribution through the program.

III. Subject Guidelines

Murphy Library makes special efforts to select FDLP materials in subject areas corresponding to graduate degrees offered by UWL:

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Software Engineering
  • Exercise and Sport Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology, Human Performance, Physical Education Teaching, Sport Administration)
  • Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Health Professions (Medical Dosimetry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies)
  • School Psychology
  • Recreation Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Education
  • Student Affairs Administration

IV. Language, Chronology, and Geographic Guidelines

A. English is the primary language of the collection.

B. The collection consists primarily of materials published since Murphy Library became a depository library.  Earlier publications may be added at times, see "Non-Depository Selection" below.

C. The collection emphasizes the national as well as upper Midwest regional perspectives. For Federal publications published for all 50 states, Murphy Library will select national summaries as well as versions of documents specific to the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.

V. Format

The FDLP makes Federal government documents available in paper, microfiche, tangible electronic (CD/DVD), and online.  Murphy Library primarily selects online documents, and does not select microfiche materials.  Substantial historical collections in paper, microfiche, and CD/DVD formats are retained.  Some specialized formats including braille and posters are generally not selected.

The WDDP distributes Wisconsin government documents in both print and online formats.  Murphy Library adds all Wisconsin Digital Archives items to the cataloged collection.

VI. Duplicate, Superseded, or Expired Documents

Duplicate tangible copies of government documents are not retained unless of local significance.

The FDLP and WDDP allow for a number of supersession criteria to be invoked for withdrawal from the collection.  Valid criteria include material that has expired, or items where a revised, cumulative, or corrected tangible copy was subsequently received.  Murphy Library generally invokes the option to withdraw superseded publications when permitted under these criteria.

VII. Reference and Special Collections

While most tangible government documents held are shelved in a dedicated government documents location, a few current or key titles are selected for shelving in the reference collection in coordination with the Reference Librarian.  Links to government reference databases and other websites are also listed and promoted on appropriate Murphy Library resource guides.

Some rare, fragile, or local-interest government documents are housed in Special Collections, in coordination with the Special Collections Librarian.

VIII. Non-Depository Selection

Murphy Library may add publications to the collection through means such as donations received, purchases, or offers lists from other depository libraries, in accordance with collection development policies described here.  Such activity is normally very limited in scope; the vast majority of the government documents collections consist of materials received through the FDLP or the WDDP.

IX. Retention and Weeding

Other than routine withdrawal of duplicate, superseded, or expired materials, the FDLP requires the retention of tangible items received for at least five years, and the WDDP expects libraries to keep a copy of each document for at least two years.

Further weeding decisions are made by the Depository Coordinator utilizing criteria including:

  1. Is the document relevant in the context of the general collection and the curriculum of UWL?  May its relevance increase in the future?
  2. Does the document carry a significant historical value?  May it be historically significant in the future?
  3. Is the document of value to the community and the 3rd Congressional District?  May its value increase in the future?
  4. Is the space needed for higher priorities?

All withdrawals of government documents are made in adherence with the procedures and requirements of the FDLP and WDDP; FDLP materials are also offered to libraries nationally.  Murphy Library incurs no financial benefit from the disposal of government depository materials.

July 22, 2014

Electronic Information

The mission of the Murphy Library is to select, maintain, enhance, promote, and make accessible the information, materials and research resources necessary to support the university's programs of teaching, research and public service, and to serve the larger community as a regional information and research facility, within the limits of the library's resources and its primary commitment to the university community.

According to the UW-System Policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources, "Access to information technology resources carries with it the responsibility for ensuring that the use of these resources is primarily for university purposes and university-related activities..." The library does not wish to limit access to materials; however, due to the demand on finite library resources some limited restrictions must be placed on the use of electronic information resources.

Computers for the general public are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of limited resources, computer use is limited to one hour/day. University users have priority and non-affiliated users may be asked to relinquish computers to UWL students, faculty, or staff at any time. Exceptions are made for patrons accessing Federal or Wisconsin government depository materials.

The Murphy Library Reference computers are to be used for information research. Computer activities that do not support the university's mission of teaching, research and public service are not allowed.

Users may not deliberately:

Flagrant violations of these guidelines will be referred to appropriate university officers such as Protective Services. Student cases will be referred to the Office of Student Life, in accord with the University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code.

A good information consumer must evaluate the validity and appropriateness of information. Users should be aware that some information found on the Internet may be inaccurate, incomplete, outdated, or offensive to some individuals. Library patrons use the Internet and other electronic information resources at their own risk.

This policy is supported by the UWL policy on Responsible Use of Computing and Communications Resources, and the UW System Policy on Use of University Information Technology Resources  approved by the Board of Regents In addition, this policy is based on the following American Library Association statements on access to information: TheLibrary Bill of Rights, and Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks: an Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.

-Revised October 14, 2009

 

CD-ROM Software Installation Policy

 

The primary purpose of the library's CD-ROM stations is to offer selected non-networked, single-user installations of CD-ROM or DVD-ROM resources held in the collections of Murphy Library, in support of the UWL curriculum.

Resources for installation on the CD-ROM stations may be selected by librarians to complement the reference collection, or they may be selected by faculty for use by students in their classes. All software installations will be in full compliance with applicable license agreements.

Faculty who wish to have software installed on a library CD-ROM station should contact the Access Services Librarian.

-Revised November 18, 2011

Food and Drink

In Murphy Library, we strive to provide an inviting and comfortable place for study and research for students, faculty and staff. To achieve that environment while protecting library collections, equipment, and furnishings, the library has established a food and drink policy.

Policy The use of Murphy’s Mug is encouraged for snacks and meals. However, light, pre-packaged snacks that are not damaging to the collections or distracting to others are permitted except in the areas specified below. No outside delivery of food or messy, aromatic food is permitted.

Beverages in bottles that can be re-closed (screw top) or other spill resistant containers such as travel mugs and sports bottles are permitted. Beverages in cans and open containers are not permitted except in the library lobby and Murphy’s Mug.

Food or beverages of any kind are not permitted in the following areas:

* Special Collections

* By Computer Workstations, Printers, Photocopiers, Media Equipment

* Other Areas posted as "NO FOOD OR DRINK"

Your responsible use of library spaces, including disposing of any food and drink-related trash before you leave, will help protect library materials and ensure a pleasant library environment for everyone.

Materials Lending

Lending policies: Books and multimedia

The circulating collection consists of books, government documents, maps, current periodicals and microforms. UWL faculty, staff, and students may check out an unlimited number of items from the general collection. Reference books, bound periodicals, and material housed in the Area Research Center do not circulate.

Your barcoded UW-La Crosse ID card must be presented when checking out library materials. IDs are not transferable.

Community members (holding public library cards from a Wisconsin library or Winona and Houston counties in Minnesota) may purchase a borrower's card at the Circulation desk. There is a $25 community borrower card fee for Wisconsin residents and a $50 fee for Minnesota residents. Viterbo and WTC students and faculty should use their campus interlibrary loan to request Murphy Library materials. Community borrowers, Viterbo and WTC students, and faculty/staff partners are limited to ten charged items at a time. 

Borrowers are responsible for all materials checked out and are expected to return or renew borrowed items by the due date. A borrower's responsibility does not end until materials have been returned to and discharged by the library. Please take care of the items and return them on or before the due date to avoid fines and replacement fees.

Borrowers are expected to respond to all library notices and are responsible for notifying the library of address changes or corrections.

 

 

Borrowing Privileges

 

UWL Faculty and Staff

UWL Graduate Students

UWL Undergraduate Students

Community Borrowers and Faculty/Staff Partners

Loan Periods

Books

1 semester

4 renewals

1 semester

2 renewals

28 days

2 renewals

28 days

1 renewal

Multimedia

14 days

2 renewals

14 days

1 renewal

7 days

1 renewal

3 days

1 renewal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late Fees

Books

$0.00 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

$0.25 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

$0.25 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

$0.25 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

Multimedia

$0.00 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

$1.00 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

$1.00 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

$1.00 per day

$100.00 lost item fee

 

Lending policy: Current periodicals

Faculty are invited to check out current (unbound) periodicals for one week (7 days). This is a pilot program during which we plan to assess this service with the hope of expanding it over the coming months. If you have suggestions or comments regarding this new service, please contact: 

Circulation Staff 
cirser@uwlax.edu.

To check out a current periodical, simply bring the item to the Reserves desk with your UWL ID. A student assistant will place your item into a barcoded, plastic cover for checkout and will make a note of the item’s barcode, title, volume, and issue number. We appreciate your patience as we perfect this process.

Mutilation or Theft

Murphy Library has a security system that is set off when someone exits without checking out library materials. When the security system is set off, individuals are stopped and asked to open any bags for inspection. Please note: Public Library materials, rented videos and some materials from textbook rental will set off the security system. Persons who fail to check out materials or who mutilate library materials are reported to the Student Life Office for disciplinary action. The minimum charge for mutilated items is $50.00.

 

Mutilation or theft of library materials can result in penalties of fine, probation, or expulsion:
UWS 17.09 (7) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code

Periodicals Collection Development

Criteria for New Subscriptions

Subscriptions to new titles are ordered after careful consideration of the following criteria:

  • The title is considered a core publication and supports the curriculum and current research. Departments should approve prospective periodical titles before submitting requests.
  • The title is indexed in standard sources. Although the journal may appear useful, if it is not currently indexed in a paper or electronic index available in the library, it will receive little, if any use. Given that use is a key criterion in purchasing any new library materials, indexing is an important factor in determining whether or not the title will be purchased.
  • The title should have long-term value.  Once a subscription begins, it is preferable to continue the subscription and bind it or acquire it in microform for long-term preservation.
  • Price. The periodicals budget has limited funds for new titles. 
  • The title is one that patrons routinely request through Interlibrary Loan.
  • The title is not available full text from one of our database vendors. If the title is critical to curriculum support, it will be ordered on microfilm to ensure on-site preservation of the journal.
  • Depth and breadth of journals in the discipline that are currently in the collection.

Timeline for Ordering New Periodical Titles

July 1 - May 1:

  • Liaisons submit departmental requests for new periodicals subscriptions.
  • Liaisons submit departmental requests for the cancellation of subscriptions to periodicals in their discipline. Please have your cancellation requests submitted to the Collection & Resource Development Librarian by May 1.

May 1 - May 31:

  • Proposed cancellations will be posted to this page. Comments regarding these titles should be sent to the Collection & Resource Development Librarian.

June - July:

  • After carefully reviewing the list of proposed cancellations, the Collection & Resource Development Librarian and Acquisitions Librarian will cancel subscriptions. After consideration of the criteria listed above, new subscriptions will be ordered with available funds.

Request Form

Please complete the Periodicals Subscription Request form.

Periodicals Lending

Faculty are invited to check out current (unbound) periodicals for one week (7 days). This is a pilot program during which we plan to assess this service with the hope of expanding it over the coming months. 

If you have suggestions or comments regarding this new service, please contact:

Circulation Staff
cirser@uwlax.edu

To check out a current periodical, simply bring the item to the Reserves desk with your UWL ID. A student assistant will place your item into a barcoded, plastic cover for checkout and will make a note of the item’s barcode, title, volume, and issue number. We appreciate your patience as we perfect this process.

Privacy

Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse values the privacy of library users and adheres to the policies and recommendations from the Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association, particularly those outlined in Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries and Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights. In addition, this policy conforms to Wisconsin State Statute 43.30, which covers the privacy and confidentiality of library patron records.

The library seeks to minimize the collection and retention of personally identifiable information and only retains information that is required for the management of library operations. Records retained to varying degrees by Murphy Library systems may include:

Database Search Records 
Circulation Records 
Computer Use Records 
Inter-Library Loan Records
Electronic Reference Correspondence

Only authorized staff with assigned passwords may access personal data stored in the library's computer system for the purpose of performing library work. The library will not reveal what materials are checked out, or have been checked out, to an individual or disclose personal data to a third party in a manner that would identify a user, except where required by law or to assist another University of Wisconsin System library in recovering its materials.

The library web site contains many links to other sites, including databases and electronic journals that the library has licensed for the use of faculty, students and staff. Users should be aware that these sites have their own privacy policies that may be different from the Murphy Library policy.

Room Reservations

Room 25 - SMARTboard Room

Seats: 20

Use: The Smartboard located in Murphy Library Room 25 is available for faculty use before 6 p.m. on weekdays. Advance reservation is required, and Smartboard tools (pens, eraser, key) must be checked out with a UWL ID from the circulation desk for a loan period of three hours.

When the room is not in use by faculty, students may use the room and tools without a reservation. Please visit the Murphy Library circulation desk to check out the room key and tools.

Please note that to use the Smartboard, you must have Smartboard software installed on your computer. Laptops with the software installed are available for checkout at the Murphy Library circulation desk.

Scheduled by: To reserve, please check the calendar and fill out the request form.

Room 30 - Library Instruction Classroom

Seats: 28

Use: Library instruction

Scheduled by: To reserve, please complete the library instruction request form or email libinstruct@uwlax.edu

Room 120 - Seminar Room

Seats: 15

Use: Library meetings or as a base for a library-related forum. This room is open for group study but is available for class reservations. In the case of a room reservation, a sign will be posted stating when the room will be unavailable to general library use.

Scheduled by: To reserve, please email the library administrative office with your request: libraryoffice@uwlax.edu. Your request will be confirmed if the room is available.

Study Carrels

Use: For individual study. See the study carrel policy for more information.

Scheduled by: To reserve, please complete the study carrel request form.

Study Carrels

Carrels are assigned during the first two weeks of the semester on a semester by semester basis. Applications may be submitted before the semester begins. Review of applications takes place the first two weeks of the semester. The following rules/procedures apply:

  1. These rooms are designed as silent individual study areas. Use of devices and/or conversations that may disturb others in adjacent carrels is not permitted.
  2. You must check out any books you are using in your study carrel. Reference books and periodicals cannot be checked out. Please do not leave them in the carrels. If you wish to use a magazine, journal, newspaper, or reference book extensively, you may want to utilize one of the Library's copiers.
  3. Smoking, food, and beverages are prohibited in the carrels, except for spill proof containers.
  4. The windows in the carrels must be left uncovered so that the carrels can be monitored, especially in cases where the building has to be evacuated for fire or bomb threats.
  5. Do no stick anything to the walls or door of the carrel as this may damage them. Inspections are conducted periodically and the user is liable for repairs due to damage.
  6. Personal valuables should not be left in the carrels.
  7. Murphy Library is not responsible for damage to computers stemming from electrical surges.
  8. Carrel keys must be returned to Murphy Library, Room 111, and carrels completely cleared out by the last day of final exams. Failure to do so will result in a non-refundable fine of $50.00. Anything left in carrels after the last day of final exams will be placed in lost and found.

Carrels are periodically checked by library staff who report rule violations to the Administrative Office. Thank you for your cooperation in abiding by these rules.

 

Please complete the study carrel request form if you are interested in requesting the use of a carrel.

Technology Lending

Murphy Library is pleased to offer these technology tools for checkout to any current UW-La Crosse student or staff member with a valid UWL ID. Users will be required to sign a technology borrowing agreement prior to the first equipment checkout.

 

Item

Loan Period

Renewable?

Fines

Replacement Cost

Laptop

4 hours/in-library only

No

~.16/minute--$10/hour

Up to $2000

iPad

4 hours

No

~.16/minute--

$10/hour

Up to $600

Flip camera

1 day

Yes/one renewal

$10/day

Up to $200

Xbox 360

1 day

Yes/one renewal

$10/day

Up to $400

When you check out technology equipment, please . . .

  • Be aware of the loan periods, overdue fines, and replacement costs for these items.
  • Be aware that you are responsible for the cost of item replacement should it be lost, stolen, damaged, or otherwise rendered unusable while it is in your possession and/or charged to your library account.
  • Do not place equipment in the book drop or leave it at an unstaffed desk counter.
  • Do not tamper with the hardware or software or attempt to load or copy software. Do not remove parts from the item.
  • Abide by the University’s Responsible Use of Computing and Communications Resources guidelines and the Library’s Electronic Information Access Policy.
  • Understand that the library is not responsible for lost or damaged work. Any files saved to the hard drive will automatically be deleted when the item is shut down, rebooted, or checked in. Please save files to a portable drive or to your online storage (U) drive.
  • Understand that the library and University may use appropriate means to collect the amount owed for fines, damage, or loss.
  • Understand that fines in excess of $5 result in the loss of borrowing privileges until the fines are paid in full. 

These guidelines ensure that these tools are available for continued use by the entire campus community.