Faculty and Staff Services

The UNM Taos Library has numerous services and resources for teaching and classroom support, as well as faculty research.

Copyright and Fair Use Information: 

UNM Taos Copyright Policy: The TEACH Act: Section 110(2) of the Copyright Act

The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) was enacted in 2002 as an amendment to Section 110(2) of the Copyright Act. It is the policy of UNM-Taos to comply with information contained in this legislation.

The Library staff are not experts in copyright; and most answers depend on the material being used, so there is no simple guideline.

We are happy to walk you through the information.  (See also Request for Information.)

  • Here are some links regarding the TEACH Act

TEACH Act Checklist

 Guide to the TEACH Act (from the Copyright Clearance Center)

TEACH Act FAQ (from University of Georgia)

  • The Fair Use checklist is another way to determine if you can use copyrighted material in your classroom or on your Blackboard Learn page.  Fair Use is not cut and dried (e.g., the “Rule of 10%” is not a legal guideline.)

Fair Use Checklist (Ken Crews):   https://copyright.columbia.edu/content/dam/copyright/Precedent%20Docs/fairusechecklist.pdf

Best Practices:  http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/code-of-best-practices-fair-use.pdf


Course Reserves

  • Instructors may provide print materials for student use in the Library (or for limited checkout).  These could include Library or Instructor copies of texts, chapters of the text to copy (to tide students over until they receive materials), or supplemental materials and media.  (DVD, CD and VHS materials can be accessed with Library equipment.)  Contact the Assistant Librarian at unmtlib@unm.edu or 575-737-3760, or stop by the Library during open hours to fill out the request and to leave materials.
  • Electronic copies of materials may be posted to Blackboard Learn (see the Office of Educational Technology for details, and feel free to consult the Copyright information below.)
  • CASA, our partners next door, has copies of many textbooks.  They also can assist you in turning your early reading assignments into PDFs for student access in your LEARN course shell. You may provide them with a copy of the assignments that you copy out of the textbook. If you have any questions, please contact CASA at 575-737-3695.

Information Literacy Classes

Instructors may request a library training (Information Literacy Instruction) for their classes. Please fill out and submit the form to the Library. A librarian will walk students through the processes and ideas involved in finding resources and adding them to a research paper. It is also possible to customize the instruction to reflect classroom assignments.

The Library has posted much of the Information Literacy information in the Writing Toolbox, which has examples for APA and MLA (color coded), as well as a link to OWL (Purdue’s Online Writing Lab), some research strategies, explanations of “Peer Review” and Plagiarism, handouts for WorldCat (our online catalog, which provides links to ebooks),  and Boolean Searching

Research Materials

Interlibrary Loan is available free of charge, and is a necessary supplement to the Library collection. The Library tries for a 24-hour turnaround in requesting:  expect 3-10 days for delivery.

Request for Information:  the Library provides a 24-hour turnaround to faculty, staff and students.  We’ll locate sources and/or answer nitty gritty research questions.

Accessing Films on Demand: Films on Demand is a subscription database of streaming content, mainly educational in nature. It is produced by infobase, an educational solutions company providing award-winning digital reference content to the school and library markets, with research databases, e-book collections, streaming video, and eLearning Modules spanning a variety of core subject areas and grade levels.

In person consultation: This is our favorite thing.  Make an appointment with the Library Director, or drop in and we’ll do our best to assist with your research and classroom needs.

Recommendation for purchase:  faculty are encouraged to examine the Library collection and suggest materials that support UNM Taos course offerings.  Our collection does not necessarily include textbooks, but we do work to provide electronic access.

Worldcat and Research Databases: the online catalog also provides copies of books and some journal articles.  It is possible to search for databases by topic (see Main Campus link.)