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BETHEL UNIVERSITY
ONLINE LIBRARY SERVICES POLICIES

The College of Professional Studies online Library, together with the McKenzie campus Library, provide facilities and learning resources that support the University’s mission to create opportunities for members of the learning community to develop to their highest potential as whole persons - intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically - in a Christian environment.

Our vision is to equip, inspire, and inform students to educational success!

Our mission is to provide online reference and in person instruction; collaborate with staff, facilitators, and librarians; and implement emerging web technologies. Online reference is available by email, chat, phone, and video tutorials. In person instruction is offered through classroom presentations and individual meetings. Collaboration occurs with staff, facilitators, and librarians within Bethel and the broader academy community. Emerging web technologies are applied to the library website and in reference consultations. Carrying out Bethel’s mission, Library Services creates opportunities for CPS students to develop to their highest potential. 

Resources
Library Collections: Access to an online book collection of 178,073 volumes, 10,676 streaming videos, and 132 databases. The databases provide access to 141,699 reference titles and journals including access to over 93,000 full-text titles.  

Access to Other Libraries: Students may request visitor library privileges at institutions of higher learning that are located closer to their home than Bethel’s Library in McKenzie (more information is available here).

Services
Course Reserves:  Supplemental material to support a particular course as recommended by a professor are located on a dedicated Library website inside the learning management system (VCamp).

Facilitator Training: New facilitators receive a handout and invitation to meet with a Librarian. At the annual CPS facilitator training a Library presentation is given. When a new course specific video tutorial is created, facilitators who frequently teach the same course are notified. Tools such as suggested avoiding plagiarism feedback and bibliographic formatting quick guide are uploaded in the learning management system.

Instruction: Instruction occurs through a required unit in all CPS students’ first course and throughout the programs in research intensive courses. Individualized instruction occurs through online tutorials, chat, video conferencing, phone, text message, or email as requested. At the request of the facilitator, customized library instruction is available for class presentations. At the request of a group of students, library instruction sessions are also available outside of class time.

Interactive Tutorials: Avoiding Plagiarism and Information Literacy tutorials give students immediate feedback and final results. Librarians review the results and respond with a personal email.

Interlibrary Loans:  Students, faculty, and staff may request interlibrary loans to obtain access to needed materials books or journal articles not owned by the university. These items are mailed to the user’s home or closest campus.

Librarians: Two full-time librarians are dedicated to distance learners. These librarians specialize in online, adult learners and develop resources and websites to best fit their unique needs.

Video Tutorials: 49 courses have assignment specific video tutorials that were created in partnership with faculty. These videos are embedded in the online classroom or projected in an on campus classroom. In addition, there are over 24 point of need video tutorials on topics such as creating search terms, integrating research into essays, and bibliographic formatting.

Website:  A website dedicated to distance learners gives quick access to Library eBooks and eJournals, video tutorials, interactive tutorials, citation and plagiarism assistance, and other related resources.