Services for Faculty

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  • Support for the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Ask A Librarian
  • Faculty are encouraged to recommend new materials for purchase. Request an item now.
  • Browse the library's recently acquired books and set up an RSS feed to deliver new titles to your RSS reader (e.g., Google Reader, Microsoft Office Outlook).
  • Proxy Borrowers: Faculty and academic staff may authorize another user as a proxy to check out library materials in their name. A completed application is required. Contact the Service Desk for additional information.
  • Are you considering on using an ebook as a class textbook?  Please read the ebook policy first!

Collection Advisory Team (CAT)

The Collection Advisory Team (CAT) was created as part of the University Library reorganization in 2016.  The purpose is to provide a venue for advising, collaborating, and recommending on all collections in all locations.

Membership includes:

  • Theresa Rhodes, Assistant Dean for Collection Services, chair
  • Gretchen Smith, Licensed Content Librarian
  • Katherine Harmeyer, Collection Services Librarian
  • Kristen Bailey, Macon Research Services Coordinator
  • William Brogdon, Atlanta Research Services Coordinator

The team meets in July with a focus on reviewing all journals and in February with a focus on licensed content.  Work includes reviewing annual invoices, including usage and cost per use; recommending titles for cancellation; and initiating the process for requesting new titles. The team also provides information regarding our resources to all Mercerians.

Instructional Services

  • Librarians/Guides - Librarians and research guides are available for the departments, schools, and colleges. The subject guides list library resources for general subject areas as well as course-specific assignments. Librarians can assist in adding research guides to Canvas in collaboration with the faculty.
  • Request Research Instruction - Librarians conduct research instruction sessions through requests made by the faculty. Research instruction can include a visit to the library, virtual, or to another campus building.
  • Schedule a Research Consultation - Librarians provide one-on-one research consultations with faculty and students. For faculty, consultations may involve instruction on using library resources, identifying publishers for publishing research, assistance with author citation reports, and etc.
  • Research Assignment Suggestions - These assignments are easily tailored to students at different skill levels and in different disciplines, and help them develop needed research and information searching skills. Librarians are available to discuss ideas for adapting these to your course and needs.

Course Reserves

  • Reserves & e-Reserves - Faculty can place materials on reserve/e-reserve either by completing the downloadable Reserve Request Form (PDF document). If completing the printed form, you may either bring or mail the form to the Tarver Library Circulation Desk. Paper copies of the form are also available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Course Reserves and Copyright Policy

Borrowing & Lending Services

  • Borrowing privileges for faculty include the following:
    Material Type Loan Period
    Books 4 months
    Sound Recordings 4 months
    Video (all formats) 7 days (no renewals)
    Mercer Reads 4 weeks
    Audio Books 4 weeks
  • Materials available from another Mercer Library location may be requested through the library catalog by clicking on the "Request" button.
  • Materials not available at Mercer University may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
  • Tarver Take Out - Macon campus faculty, staff, and administrative personnel may request that library materials be delivered to their campus offices.
  • Your Library Account - Log into your library account to view library materials checked out along with their due dates as well as to renew items.


A number of departments in the College of Pharmacy and College of Health Professions utilize preceptors in their programs. In order to create a new preceptor account, the department and preceptor need to fill out the current preceptor form, and submit it electronically to Once you have done this we will process the request. Note: this is a new procedure that went into effect as of July, 2019.

Research Services

Guides and Tutorials

Research Services provides a variety of research guides and tutorials, mainly geared for our students. Below are links to specific guides that may be useful for your research process, or to share with your students: