For Faculty



Ask a librarian to:

  • help you design a research project
  • provide a subject-specific instructional orientation for your students
  • provide resources that support your curriculum
  • teach your students how to search LIBRARY DATABASES to find articles for their research
  • work with you to create a RESEARCH HELP GUIDE for your course’s research project
  • integrate the information literacy competency into your curriculum.


Information literacy is one of the MWCC General Education Competencies:

“Through electronic and traditional modes, students demonstrate the ability  to identify, access, evaluate, and use information effectively, ethically, and legally.”

Librarians teach students how to develop the information skills they need for success in college, on the job, and in their personal lives.

All English Composition (ENG 101), Computer Technologies (CIS 127), and First Year Experiences (FYE 101) courses feature an information literacy library instruction module that supports the college’s information literacy competency. We encourage ALL instructors at ALL course levels to work with the reference and instructional service librarians to create assignments that help your students develop and reinforce these essential skills.

To schedule library instruction for Gardner classes, contact Suzanne Levasseur. For Devens, Leominster, or online classes, contact Ellen Pratt.


The library supports distance learning initiatives by providing off-campus access to online databases and the library catalog, as well as providing library instruction for all MWCC courses. Learn more about library resources available to distance learning students by contacting Ellen Pratt, the Distance Education & Outreach Librarian


This guide is a collaborative effort of MWCC faculty and librarians to offer tools for improving capstone and other research papers. Get help asking a good research question, teaching your students how to write a good thesis statement, refreshing basic research skills, locating credible sources of information, citing sources and playing with some cool tools along the way!


Each academic department has a library liaison who is both a contact person and an advocate for departmental and faculty concerns. Your liaison can answer questions and provide information about library programs, services, and resources. Librarians are eager to work collaboratively with faculty to enhance the academic program.

We encourage teaching faculty to communicate suggestions or concerns about library services and the collection (print and electronic) to their library liaison. In turn, liaisons notify faculty about new resources and programs.


Instructors are invited to place materials for their courses on reserve at the library circulation desk to make them available to students. Reserve materials may include books and other library materials, books owned by the instructor, previous exams, journal articles, and other various media (video recordings, software, etc.). Instructors choose the borrowing period and specify if the item must be used in-house.

EMERITI POLICY: Faculty members and administrators who have been granted emeritus status will also be granted full faculty library privileges, including remote access to databases and interlibrary loan. Please contact the library for more information.

TEXTBOOKS: As a general rule, the library does not purchase copies of textbooks, and instead welcomes donations of recent textbooks and instructors’ copies to add to the circulating and reserves collections UNLESS the books include statements that indicate that adding them to the library collection is against copyright law.