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Library Resources and Services for Faculty: Services for Faculty

Suggest Purchases for the Library

Request Interlibrary Loan

Looked through our Library catalog and couldn't find what you're looking for? We can borrow materials from other libraries for you. 

Borrow from Another College

Currently registered Renton Technical College students, faculty and staff can borrow materials from many other Washington State Community and Technical Colleges.  See the attached file for a list of schools who have signed this Reciprocal Borrowing agreement.  You will need to provide valid identification and a current schedule or other validation of current registration.

Contact Your Librarian

  • Jessica Koshi-Lum, Faculty Librarian (College and Career Pathways, Health and Human Services, Transportation Technology, & General Education)
  • Laura Staley, Faculty Librarian (Business Management, Culinary Arts, Advanced Manufacturing, & Information Technology)


Services for Faculty

Schedule Library Instruction:

To schedule a workshop, please contact us at or fill out this form. If you are emailing us, please let us know the following:

  • Preferred date and time
  • Send us a description of the research-related assignment.

We can also design in-class activities and assignments to encourage students to actively seek, evaluate, and apply information within the context of a research assignment. If you don't have an assignment, library faculty are happy to work with you to design one. Contact Jessica Koshi-Lum ( for more information.

Incorporate Information Literacy into Your Teaching

"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Ed “

Learn more about the ways we can help you and see examples of information literacy and research-related assignments.

Place Course Materials on Reserve

To place a hard copy of the book, article, video, or other item on reserve, please:

  • Bring the item to the Circulation Desk (you may also email a PDF if is an article)
  • Communicate which item you wish to be pulled from the Library's collection
  • Complete and return the Course Reserve form.
  • Contact with questions.
  • Allow at least 1 week to process.

Create Links to Articles (in EBSCO, etc.) For Your Students

Each database is a little different, but essentially you'll want to paste the proxy prefix to the front of the article URL, so that the article runs through the college's proxy server. Off-campus students will need to enter their current username and password to access the database/article. Click here for directions.

Find Affordable Textbooks (OER) for your Class

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others." (The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation). Library faculty can help you find OER for your classes to help keep your students' textbook costs down. For more information, click here.

Understand Copyright and Fair Use

Copied material should follow the guidelines of copyright law. In addition to Renton Technical College's Policy, see our self-help tool for understanding copyright and fair-use doctrine as it applies to using the work of others in the classroom.

Support Academic Integrity

See books, style manuals, and plagiarism detection sites here.


A special thanks goes to Olympic College Library for the inspiration for this guide. 

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