Services for Faculty

last modified 2019-10-17T12:01:52-04:00

Library Materials

Borrowing & Lending Services

Borrowing Guidelines

Material Type Loan Period
Books 120 days
Sound Recordings 120 days
Video (all formats) 7 days (no renewals)
Audiobooks 28 days

Course Reserves

Faculty can place materials on reserve or e-reserve by completing the downloadable Reserve Request Form (PDF). If completing the printed form, you may either bring or mail the form to the Circulation Desk. For more information, see our page about Reserves and e-Reserves.

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.

Faculty Research Carrels

The library has a number of faculty carrels available for research and study. Carrels are assigned for an academic year and may be renewed if there is not a waiting list. See the Faculty Carrel Policies and Procedures and the application (PDF) for requesting a faculty carrel. For additional information or questions, please contact Jan Gillis, Circulation Manager, at (478) 301-2961 or


Note: This is a new procedure that went into effect as of July 2019.

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 (PDF) and submit it electronically to Once you have done this, we will process the request. 

Research & Library Instruction Resources

  • Ask a Librarian: Contact a Librarian for assistance via chat, phone, email, request a consultation or visit in person.
  • 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.
  • Support for the Center for Teaching and Learning: This guide has recommendations for resources to assist faculty and support the mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning.