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Division of Learning Resources

Contact

318-678-6042 - Library/Learning Commons
318-678-6275 - Circulation
www.bpcc.edu/bpcclibrary

Dean of Learning Resources

Brenda Brantley, Professor
A140
318-678-6068
bbrantley@bpcc.edu

Library/Learning Commons Faculty

Debra Harmon, Assistant Professor
System Librarian

Timothy Osteen, Instructor
Catalog Librarian

Tutoring Center Manager

Kendra Bonnett

Staff

Stephanie Cox
Library Coordinator

Roxie Johnson
Library Assistant

Pat Joyner
Tutoring Center Assistant Manager

Susie McDowell
Administrative Assistant III

Laketha Richards
Administrative Coordinator III

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bossier Parish Community College Library/Learning Commons is to provide the library resources and services required to support the mission of Bossier Parish Community College.

Library/Learning Commons

The BPCC Library/Learning Commonsis a vital part of the educational program, providing a comprehensive range of services to students, faculty, and staff. It contains over 40,000 cataloged items that provide both primary and secondary resource materials needed to support the purposes and programs of the College. An open-shelf arrangement of the main collection makes material easily accessible. The Library regularly receives 6 newspapers, 220 periodicals, and maintains a closed stack periodical area for unbound issues of magazines. The Library staff consists of professional librarians, an administrative assistant, a Library assistant, a TRC Manager, and library technician positions. Student assistants help in the mechanical and clerical processes of the Library.

The BPCC Library/Learning Commons provides the following services:

  • Reference and research assistance
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Library instruction
  • Reserve materials
  • Audiovisual center of curriculum-related materials
  • Photocopiers
  • Laptop computers

Library hours: Spring and fall semesters (when classes are in session and during final exams)

Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours for the summer semester are posted by the Library door.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center provides free personal tutoring and computer-assisted instruction to all BPCC students. Students receive assistance with the sciences, mathematics, writing, English, and other areas of study. Microscopes, graphing calculators, human anatomy models, and a CPR manikin are samples of student resources available for use. Services at the Tutoring Center are free of charge and appointments are not necessary.

The Tutoring Center uses its web site to inform BPCC students about important announcements such as hours of operation, special programs, and new services. Students are encouraged to access the Tutoring Center web site.

Writing Support Services

The Writing Support Services Learning Laboratory, located within the Tutoring Center, serves all students in every stage of the writing process, regardless of the subject. Writing Support Services' tutors help students focus on the process of writing and work to help students establish a foundation for success in writing. For online assistance, visit the Writing Support Services web site.

Hours:
The Tutoring Center hours of operation for fall and spring semesters (which include when classes are in session and during final exams):

Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours for the summer semester are posted on the Tutoring Center’s web site.

Resources

Main Collection

The main collection has over 40,000 cataloged items that provide both primary and secondary resource materials to support the purposes and programs of the college. Materials may be accessed through BPCC Learning Commons’ online catalog.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection includes basic encyclopedias, dictionaries, and indexes (in print and online format). Other research tools in the reference area include almanacs, maps, atlases, statistics and subject resources.

Periodicals

The Periodical Collection is located on the second floor. This collection contains scholarly journals for research, as well as, magazines for leisurely browsing.

LibGuides

LibGuides are online guides (subject) on any topic. Most commonly used are in the areas of English, Allied Health, Art, Music, Psychology, and Current Events.

Audiovisual Collection

The Audiovisual Collection contains curriculum related audio tapes and CDs, video tapes and DVDs, and microforms.

Online Catalog

The online catalog is available via the Internet 24 hours a day and provides students with quick and easy access to the holdings of the Learning Commons. The online catalog also offers user services such as placing holds, viewing reserve materials list, and checking personal accounts of books and bills owed. It also allows access to the Learning Commons' EBook collection.

LOUIS

LOUIS: the Louisiana Library Network (www.lsu.edu/ocs/louis/) is a library consortium of public and private Louisiana college and university libraries. LOUIS provides the library's automation services and licenses full-text electronic resources from over 55,000 journals.

Electronic Resources

Students now have easy access to indexes, abstracts and full-text journal articles from over 55,000 titles. Many articles are available in full-text, allowing students access to the entire contents online. Online access empowers students with reliable and up-to-date information at their fingertips.

  • Go to: www.bpcc.edu/bpcclibrary
  • Hover the cursor over the Databases link, and then select by Title, by Subject, or by Vendor.
  • Click on the name of the database to be searched.
  • If off campus, log on using your 8-digit student ID (no spaces or dashes). The pin number is your six digit birthdate.

Bayou State Periodicals Index

An index to popular Louisiana periodicals. Includes titles such as Acadiana Profile, Louisiana Conservationist, and SB Magazine.

CQ Researcher

Contains single-themed reports on a variety of topics including health, science trends, environment, and technology.

Dissertation Abstracts

Contains abstracts of U.S. doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. This database is updated monthly.

EBSCO

Includes Academic Search Complete; Alt Healthwatch; Agricola; Art Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; Book Collection: Nonfiction; Business Source Complete; CINAHL Plus Full-text; Computer Science Index; Computer Source; Discovery Service; Economia y Negocio; Environmental Index; ERIC; Fuente Academica; Funk and Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia; GeoRef; GeoRef In Process; Greenfile; Health Source; H.W. Wilson; History Reference Center; Hospitality and Tourism Index; Information Science and Technology Abstracts; Internet and Personal Computing Abstracts; Legal Collection; Lexi-PALS Drug Guide, Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts with full text; Literary Reference Center; MAS Ultra: School Edition; MedicLatina; Medline; Mental Measurements Yearbook; Military and Government Collection; MLA Directory of Periodicals; MLA International Bibliography; Newspaper Source; Primary Search; Professional Development Collection; Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection; PsycINFO; Regional Business News; Religion and Philosophy Collection; Science and Technology Collection; SocINDEX with Full Text; the Serials Directory; Teacher Reference Center; Vente et Gestion; and World History Collection.

Gale Group

Databases include Biography Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, Scribners Writers Series, and Twayne Author Series.

JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive

JSTOR consists of a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature. Coverage extends from 1800s to the present. Most recent 3-5 years may be unavailable.

Learning Express

Learning Express is an interactive online database of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help patrons - students and adult learners - succeed on the academic or licensing tests. Users are required to create an account to take tests.

Lexis Nexis Academic

Provides access to 6,000 titles in news, business, and legal information. Includes company information, foreign and U.S. newspapers, magazines, trade journals, federal and case law, medical news and abstracts, and law reviews. This database is updated daily.

Literati by Credo

An interactive general reference resource that specializes in essential components of successful and effective research.

MathSciNet

Database includes reviews or summaries of mathematical articles from approximately 1,700 current journals, books, and conference proceedings.

Proquest Nursing and Allied Health Source

Designed to meet the needs of researchers and allied health programs; covers nursing, allied health and complementary medicine.

Sanborn Maps-Louisiana

Maps provide historical information on growth and development of Louisiana cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Dates of maps are from 1867-1970. Maps include structural information on buildings.

Worldcat/First Search

Contains millions of bibliographic records of books and other material at libraries worldwide. Records exist for all forms, including EBooks, MP3, DVDs, and websites.

Services

Reference Services

Learning Commons faculty are professionally trained to assist in finding information. Reference questions can also be handled by e-mail, refdesk@bpcc.edu.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials needed for research may be requested from other libraries through interlibrary loans. Request should be made 10-14 days before assignments are due.

Library Instruction

Library instructional sessions designed to develop information literacy and competency with the informational resources and services normally found in college libraries are provided by the Learning Commons faculty.

Reserve Materials

Materials on reserve for class assignments are located in the Tutoring Center on the second floor. These materials are limited to circulation for Learning Commons use only. All reprinted articles and audiovisual materials must comply with current copyright laws.

Laptop Computers

Wireless laptops computers are available for checkout to current BPCC faculty, staff and students. Student access is restricted to in-library use. Laptops are equipped with basic software to complete course assignments. Printing is not available on Learning Commons laptops. Students may bring personal laptops for use with the College's wifi.