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Last updated 2/27/15
Isothermal Community College
P.O. Box 804, Spindale NC 28160
(828) 395-1307  fax (828) 286-8208

Charles P. Wiggins, Director of Library Services

Nursing Research Page

Guidelines for Nursing Books

  1. All library books that support the nursing programs are selected by the nursing faculty in coordination with the Direcotr of Library Services or disignee. The library staff orders these materials and processes the items as they are received. (Please alert nursing faculty or library staff if needed materials are unavailable. Interlibrary loan may be used to acquire materials to meet immediate needs, usually at little or no cost. Ask library staff for assistance if you wish to use this service.)
  2. Current circulating nursing books, usually no older than five years, have the prefix "Nursing" ahead of the call number on the spine of the book. The CMC Consortium Catalog displays the collection name of "Nursing" with the call number for current nursing books.
  3. Circulating books that the nursing faculty have identified as historically significant are included in the "Classic - Nursing" collection, and are identified as such both on the book's spine label, above the call number, and in the CMC Consortium Catalog.
  4. Nursing books are interfiled within the general circulating collection according to the Library of Congress classification system. Other materials shelved in the vicinity of nursing books, but not marked with the "Nursing" or "Classic - Nursing" prefixes, are provided for the general interest and research needs of other students, staff, and the general public.
  5. Reference books selected by the nursing faculty, as they do not circulate, are added to the general Reference collection according to the Library of Congress classification system, with no distinction made.
  6. Nursing faculty may place library or personal copies of nursing books "on Reserve." These items are available at the Circulation Desk. Usually the faculty place restrictions on circulation of these items, for instance: overnight, 3 days, 1 week, etc.
  7. The nursing collection is reviewed annually by nursing faculty to remove items more than five years old. Some materials may be retained and reshelved following consultation with and approval by the directors of the nursing programs or their designees. For example, a newer edition or similar material cannot be located, or topics may not be time-sensitive, e.g., communication skills.
  8. Items removed during weeding are disposed of according to library policy. In some cases, the Nursing or Classic - Nursing prefix may be removed and the book moved to the general circulating collection.
  9. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from library staff if they have any questions about using the library or finding needed materials.