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12 Top Tips for New Faculty Using the Pollak Library

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The Pollak Library offers a multitude of services for CSUF faculty members. Here are 12 of our favorites.

  1. Start from the website just for faculty
    We’ve developed a guide, Faculty Resources at the Pollak Library, with all the tips and links you need to get started at the Pollak Library or find all our resources from our homepage at
  2. Use your TitanCard ID as your library card
    Bring your TtianCard to the Library when you want to check out materials or use other library services. If you would like to have your graduate student pick up items for you, fill out a Proxy form at the 1st floor North Circulation Desk.
  3. Put readings on Course Reserves
    You can place course readings on print reserves through the Circulation Desk. The Library does not order textbooks, but you may place your personal desk copy of the course textbook on print reserves for your students to use for a limited period of time.
  4. Meet your Librarian Subject Consultant
    We have a librarian assigned to each academic department. The Librarian Subject Consultant facilitates communication between the teaching faculty and the Library, as well as helps individual faculty members with research or library instruction needs. See the list of Librarian Subject Consultants.
  5. Schedule a Library Instruction Session for your class
    The Pollak Library offers instruction, tours, and customized online materials designed to teach students about information access, evaluation, and use either in general or integrated with course content. Schedule a class with your Librarian Subject Consultant or online.
  6. Stop by the Reference and Research Services Desk for help with research
    Highly-trained library faculty and staff assist with information and research questions at our Reference & Research Services Desk on the 1st floor of the Pollak Library North. Or visit Ask a Librarian for research help from anywhere. Visit Get Live Help for research assistance 24/7 (after hours-research assistance comes from an academic cooperative).
  7. Borrow from Another Library
    If we don’t have a published item you need, we can request it from another library. You can use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system to request books and articles that the Pollak Library does not own.
  8. Add the Library to Your TITANium Course Site
    Empower your students to quickly access library materials and connect with a research expert from anywhere through your course site. If you are using TITANium, encourage your students to use the library resources embedded within your course shell. If they need additional help, they can always chat, call or email a librarian.
  9. Take Advantage of the University Archives & Special Collections (UA&SC)
    Created in 1967, University Archives and Special Collections (UA&SC) preserves and provides access to the institutional history of California State University, Fullerton, The Freedom Center, and Special Collections containing manuscripts, books, maps, photographs, and ephemera.
  10. Learn about Copyright & Fair Use and Open Access
    Learn about intellectual property and the latest trends in scholarly publishing. Librarians maintain online guides that provide accurate, up-to-date information about copyright & fair use, open access, and open educational resources.
  11. Get information about Citation Management
    Visit the Library’s online guides to find information on accessing the CSUF citation management system, EndNote Web. Faculty may also make an appointment with their subject specialist librarian for individualized EndNote training.
  12. Tell your students about the other (non-library) services in the Pollak Library
    Several departments useful to faculty and students are strategically located in the Pollak Library: The University Learning Center, the Writing Center, the Graduate Student Success Center, the Academic Technology Center, and the Faculty Development Center. Starbucks offers coffee, other beverages, snacks, and sandwiches.