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Faculty Support

Lavery Library offers many services to support Fisher faculty.

We offer library instruction and training, A/V materials, proxy borrowing, polling clickers, and more. We rely on your suggestions to help us develop our collection in a way that supports your teaching needs. 

Library Instruction and Training

Faculty are encouraged to bring their classes to Lavery Library for instruction in the use of its resources. Introductions to the Library are offered to freshmen in their fall Learning Communities and spring Research-Based Writing classes. More advanced instruction with special subject emphasis is also available. To schedule a class, call the Research Help Desk at (585) 385-8141 or Mia Breitkopf, coordinator of instruction and research services, at (585) 385-7399.

Each academic department has a liaison librarian, who conducts most of the instruction classes for that department. You may also contact your liaison librarian directly. For a list of current liaison assignments, check out the Who's My Librarian page.

Tours are available for classes or individuals at all levels upon request.

Faculty are welcome to include a liaison librarian as a collaborator in Blackboard: Bringing Your Librarian Into Blackboard [pdf]

A/V Booking Requests

Booking is a service offered by Lavery Library for teaching staff or faculty, where we will obtain A/V materials one week prior to the date needed, and hold them at the checkout desk for staff or faculty to pick up. This ensures that the material will be available when it is needed for instruction purposes. All DVD or VHS materials requested must be currently owned by Lavery Library. Please give us a minimum of one week notification prior to the intended show date. Contact the circulation coordinator or supervisor by email, in person, or by calling (585) 385-8165.

If you need to place items on reserve for your students to watch out of class, please see Course Reserves.

Proxy Borrowing

Proxy borrowing is a service we offer faculty members who would like to send their student assistants to the Library to check out material on the faculty member's account. In order for the Library to allow a student to check out items for the faculty member, we need written permission to borrow on file. If you would like your students to check out Library items or pick up your interlibrary loan items for you, please contact the Circulation Coordinator, or come to the Library checkout desk to fill out a form. Permissions must be renewed yearly.

Course Reserves

The checkout desk secures and circulates high-priority materials for short time periods, giving each patron an opportunity to use them. Generally, we recommend only required readings be put on reserve. All reserve materials should be brought to the reserve desk at least five days before students will need them. Materials will be processed in the order they are received.

Please fill out this Course Reserves Request Google Form once for each course needing items on reserve.

Students will need their Fisher ID to check out reserve material. Faculty should retrieve all non-Lavery Library material from their reserves at the end of each semester. Materials may be left on reserve if they are to be used the semester immediately following. Library reserves should not take the place of purchased textbooks or course packs.

The Library adheres to the following copyright guidelines:

  • Copies of consumable copyright material such as workbooks, exercises, standardized tests, and answer books may not be put on reserve, although the originals may be.
  • Copyright guidelines suggest that up to 10% of any book may be photocopied and put on reserve. If more than 10% is needed, the book itself should be placed on reserve.
  • Photocopied articles may not be placed on reserve for more than one semester without written permission from the copyright owner. Fisher is registered with the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • If you are unsure of copyright, please see our copyright subject guide for more information.

For questions regarding reserve policies, call the Checkout Desk at (585) 385-8165, Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Library iClicker Cloud Polling Clickers

Lavery Library has two sets of 40 iClicker Cloud Polling Clickers (80 total) that are able to be reserved and used by faculty and staff for a 12 hour loan period, pending demand. 

iClicker Cloud Polling Clicker sets are available for checkout without reservation if they are available and not reserved for another patron. For assistance using the clickers, consult the iClicker Cloud documentation or contact Robin Schmid in the DePeters Family Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence at

iClicker Reservation Procedure

To reserve a set of iClicker Cloud Polling Clickers:

  • Submit the online iClicker reservation form to reserve one or two sets of clickers.
  • An email confirmation will be sent 1-2 business days after your reservation has been submitted. Please reserve clickers 1-2 business days in advance.
View the Clicker Reservation Calendar
Library Materials Purchase Request

Lavery librarians take the responsibility for collection development seriously and rely on faculty input in the process to select materials for the Library in various subject areas. Materials are selected to support the curriculum and enhance the Library collection for all users. We appreciate the time, effort, and specialized knowledge that you apply to this task. 

Library Materials Purchasing Process
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    Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award

    The 2018/2019 recipient of the Dr. Mark Szarejko Faculty Information Literacy Award is Dr. Charlene Smith.

    Information Literacy Award