Faculty Guide

The content included in this section provides basic information on how to use the library resources, request audio visual equipment, and utilize many other faculty and staff library services.

Whether you are new to Finlandia University or have been here for quite a while, our staff is always happy to help.

Library Resources for Faculty

WebVoyage (catalog)

The online catalog, WebVoyage, is available from any computer with Internet access. WebVoyage catalog includes holdings from the Maki Library, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, and Gogebic Community College. You may also access our e-book collection directly through WebVoyage on campus, off of campus you may view e-books remotely by entering your username and password when prompted.


The library subscribes to a number of print and electronic periodicals. You can find the titles of both periodicals and journals in print and electronically through the Full Text Finder (formerly the AtoZ Journal locator), located on the library’s main webpage. The Full Text Finder provides information on the journal’s coverage dates in individual databases and directly links to e-journals.

Electronic Resources

The Library has access to a number of subscription databases. Some are provided to all Michigan libraries as part of the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) program. Some we subscribe to ourselves. Most of them may also be accessed off-campus, just go to the Maki Library website, when you click on a link for a particular database, a pop-up screen will ask for a username and password. Use your Finlandia network login here (not your e-mail) to access the database. Films on Demand has a seperate username and password for remote access, please contact us for off-campus access.

Interlibrary Loan

Finlandia students, faculty, staff, and former students may request materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Other borrowers are requested to use their local public library. Patrons can borrow materials from libraries in Michigan and across the nation. Patrons can initiate ILL requests from Michigan libraries through Mel.org/melcat with their library barcode. If you do not have a barcode please see the Maki Library staff and we will issue you one. The library staff can also place ILL requests for patrons. ILL forms are available at the Maki library, please call or e-mail if you have any questions.

Course Reserve

We welcome you to put materials on reserve for your students. To do so, please fill out a reserve form which is available at the library circulation desk and submit your form along with your materials. Rebecca or Erica can place items on reserve. Loan period options for reserve materials are: In Library Only / Overnight / 3 Day / 1 Week, other due dates can be arranged.

Computers and Internet Access

The Library has more than 20 Internet-accessible computers available for students and others to use. Academic use has priority over recreational use, students have priority over community courtsey card patrons. All of the computers have Microsoft Office software installed. Faculty and staff may print for free from library computers. Students are given two print and copy cards per semester; each is worth 96 pages. Color copies or prints will be worth 2 pages. Others are charged 5 cents per page, or a printer card may be purchased for $2.00. If you would like to bring your class to the Library to use the computers, please contact us and we will reserve an appropriate number of computers for use by your students.

Contact Haily Frazer, the International School of Business Administrative Assistant, to reserve the Business Computer Lab that is located in the Maki Library. A schedule of classtimes and reservations of the business lab is posted outside the lab. Haily’s number is 487-7222.

Checking Out Materials

A bar coded Finlandia ID or Library Card is needed to check out materials. Library cards can be issued on site, you will be able to use the library immediately. Faculty may check most materials out until the end of the current semester. A few items, such as Audiobooks or DVDs, circulate for 3 days.


Audio-Visual Equipment at the Library


TVs / VCRs

There are TVs and VCRs placed on carts in a number of locations around campus. Several of these also include DVD players. The locations for these combos are:

  • Library Conference Room – includes DVD player – reservations required for the room
  • Mannerheim 121
  • Nikander 2nd Floor: N-24 – includes DVD player – reservations required
  • Nikander 2nd Floor: N-29
  • Wargelin 2nd Floor – includes DVD player – reservations required
  • Wargelin 303

Other Audio-visual Equipment

  • Multimedia projectors
  • Laptop computers
  • DVD player and RF converter for use with older TVs
  • VCR player
  • Region-free DVD player
  • Web Camera
  • Boom Box
  • Tape players and recorders
  • Video cameras
  • Slide projectors
  • Digital cameras
  • Jump drives
  • Overhead Projectors (Most of the classrooms on campus have overhead projectors and screens in place.)

Equipment Available For Use in the Library

  • Laminator
  • Ellison Lettering Machine

Reserving Library Equipment

If you need pieces of equipment from the Library for a class or program, you need to reserve it by calling or e-mailing us at maki.library@finlandia.eduPlease do this at least one working day in advance of when you need it. If you wish, the Library staff will deliver and pick up the equipment. If you have made a room reservation through Maintenance that includes a-v equipment, you also need to reserve that equipment directly with the Library to assure availability at your desired time.

Burned Out Bulbs and Repairs

Please notify a Library staff member ASAP if a piece of equipment needs a new bulb or has some other malfunction. The Library keeps a supply of bulbs on hand for this equipment. It is also responsible for any needed repairs. The Library staff periodically clean this equipment, but if you think additional cleaning would be beneficial, again, notify the Library staff.


Other Library Services


Information Literacy Instruction

We would like to work with you to enhance classroom instruction to include information literacy components in some of your assignments. We are also happy to provide your class with specific library instructional sessions, either catered to an assignment or to learn specific research skills such as paraphrasing, identifing primary sources, how to read scholarly journal articles, etc.  Call Rebecca at 487-7253 to arrange for a session.

Selecting and Purchasing Materials for the Library

The library is here for the students and for you. We hope to have resources available for the students which are integral to their academic endeavors. We also are here for your professional information needs. We welcome your suggestions for purchase of new materials and resources.

Library Conference Room

The Library has a Conference Room, which may be reserved by contacting the Library. The room has a TV / VCR/DVD, overhead, screen, and blackboard. It is also a place where students can study or watch videos/DVDs.


The library’s copier is available for faculty and students. Faculty may make copies, and charge them to their department. Students are charged 10 cents per page.

Fax Machine

Faculty, students, and others may send and receive faxes. There may be a charge.


Basic Information Literacy Skills

These skills are expected of students by the end of their second year.

  • Obtaining materials in traditional format
    • Know the layout of Maki Library
    • Understand how various library classification systems work with an emphasis on the Dewey Decimal classificationand how to find materials in Maki Library filed in Dewey call number order located in various sections of the Library.
    • Know what interlibrary loan is and can do, and how and when it is appropriate to place a request for books and articles located in other libraries.
    • Know the various library procedures such as how to check out books and other materials.
  • Basics of searching
    • Understand the conventions of searching including use of Boolean terms, implied Boolean, truncation, proximity/adjacency searching, phrase searching, and the use of controlled vocabulary for subject searching.
    • Be able to apply these conventions in an appropriate manner as they search the library’s online catalog, library databases, and Internet sites using search engines and subject directories.
  •  The Library’s online catalog
    • Know what it contains and what it does not contain.
    • Have facility in performing basic searches of author, title, subject, and keyword and have an understanding of how to use search commands such as Boolean, truncation, and adjacency in Voyager.
    • Be able to locate books and other materials in Maki Library utilizing the online catalog, including an understanding of the information contained in the online records including identification of the parts of a bibliographic record.
    • Know that the online catalog is not the place to go to locate periodical articles.
  • Periodicals, and their indexes/databases
    • Know what a periodicals index is and does
    • Be able to name and use at least one general index in electronic format.
    • Be able to name and use at least one full-text index (database).
    • Be able to name and use at least one subject-specific index/database in print orelectronic format.
    • Be able to determine if a certain article is located in Maki Library and where to find it.
    • Understand the positives and negatives of periodical/journal articles as well as the various types of periodical publications.
  •  Obtaining information in electronic format
    • Develop facility in using library specific databases as well as Internet subject directories and search engines.
    • Be able to apply the standard conventions of electronic searching to these databases and Internet search services as outlined in the basics of searching.
    • Be comfortable using browsers including such functions as print preview, print, and find in page.
  • Information sources
    • Have knowledge and understanding of a variety of sources in order to select appropriate sources for a variety of research or information gathering projects.
    • Be familiar and understand the use of the various types of information such as reference sources, government information, statistical sources, biographical information, book reviews, literary criticism, and literature in collections. Know when it’s appropriate to:
      • Use a printed source and to use an Internet source.
      • Use various formats of information such as a periodical article, a book, an encyclopedia.
      • Use other types of information such as interviews and other unpublished sources.
      • Use government information.
    • Know the difference between:
      • An indexing and abstracting database and a full text database.
      • A general publication and a scholarly publication.
      • A primary source and a secondary source.
  • The research process
    • Be able to formulate a research strategy, and understand how research topics, problems or questions, change, are refined and redefined, during the course of research.
    • Be able to critically evaluate all information for usefulness, bias, currency, and authority. Each student needs a repertoire of at least 5 evaluation questions to be asked of all sources.
    • Have an understanding of plagiarism, quoting, paraphrasing, attributing ideas, as well as, general knowledge of copyright issues including fair use.
    • Know how to use a style manual correctly to document information sources in many different formats.
  • Information and Information literacy
    • Have developed a concept of what constitutes information literacy.
    • Have gained knowledge of how information historically has been communicated and the importance of information.
  • Terms
    • The ability to define and understand the following terms or names:
Abstract Interlibrary loan
Bibliography/Works cited Online catalog
Boolean operator Primary source
Call number Search engine
Citation Secondary source
First search Subject directory
Full text URL
Infotrac Voyager

Latest Updates: January 2004

Advanced Information Literacy Skills

These skills are expected of students graduating with baccalaureate degrees.

1.   Basic information literacy skills

Students should have a mastery of and easily use the basic skills including:

  • Obtaining materials in traditional format.
  • Basics of searching.
  • Using the library’s online catalog.
  • Understanding the use of periodical indexes/database in identifying articles.
  • Ease in obtaining information in electronic format.
  • Understanding various types and formats of information sources.
  • Understanding the research process including evaluation of sources and the ethical and legal uses of information.
  • Understanding what is information literacy.

 2.   Basic reference tools and databases relevant to their major area

  • Be able to name and use at least two specialized periodical indexes / databases (print and /or electronic).
  • These abilities to include facility with features such as marking records, e-mailing records, and other conventions of that particular database.
  • Be familiar with and have facility using at least two Internet subject directories.
  • Be familiar with and able to use at least two additional reference sources (print and/or electronic).
  • Have facility with at least one Internet search engine to include use of the conventions of that particular search engine.
  • Know when it’s appropriate to use general and subject-specific information sources.

3.    Planning and constructing effectively designed search/research strategies

  • Develop an appropriate research plan incorporating as many varied types of information sources as is appropriate.
  • Identify keywords, synonyms, and related terms for the information needed.
  • Select an appropriate controlled vocabulary for the discipline or information source.
  • Develop appropriate search strategies for specific information sources including print and electronic.

4.   Critical evaluation of sources and the ability to incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base.

  • Evaluate information from various sources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias as covered in the basic standards.
  • Recognize prejudice, deception, or manipulation in information sources.
  • Recognize the cultural, temporal, or other context within which the information was created and keep its impact in mind when interpreting the information.
  • Compare new information with own knowledge and other sources considered authoritative to determine if conclusions are reasonable.

5.   An understanding of economic, legal and social issues concerning information

Students should understand:

  • The differences between free web sites and fee-based databases all of which are accessed via the Internet.
  • That fee-based electronic services normally have licensing agreements, which often limit their accessibility.
  • The importance of citing sources.
  • That there are different style manuals and should be comfortable with the style preferred by his or her major subject area.
  • Basic U.S. copyright law for print and electronic formats especially as it pertains to the preparation of papers and projects.

Endorsed by Library Committee 4/10/00
Updated 6/2001
Draft revision 4/2002 – Incorporating elements from The Association of College and Research Libraries: “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” and “Objectives for Information Literacy Instruction: A Model Statement for Academic Librarians

Online Information Literacy and Copyright Resources

Standards and Guidelines for College and University Libraries from ACRL (The Association of College and Research Libraries)

Information Literacy
Overview, Guidelines, Objectives, Standards

Sample Tutorials and Guidelines

  • PILOT – Sacremento City College library’s tutorial regarding information literacy and research.
  • Tutorial for Information Power – TIP, is an interactive, web-based tutorial designed to introduce students to information literacy concepts created by University of Wyoming Libraries
  • The Information Cycle– Penn State Libraries
  • Plagiarism Presents – Rutegers University video tutorials
  • A Plagiarism Tale – University of Bergen (Norway). It is in Norwegian, but has sub-titles. 
  • A Fair(y) Use Tale — Disney Parody explanation of Fair Use. Law and Fair Use


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