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Cordas C. Burnett Library

Cordas C. Burnett Library Handbook

Contents


Introduction to the Cordas C. Burnett Library

The Cordas C. Burnett Library is the major information resource center of AGTS, incorporating both a physical resource center along with an increasingly vast array of digital resources that can be made available to students throughout the world.  Located in the beautiful home of AGTS, the Michael & Frances Cardone, Sr. Building, this two-level facility provides students with a pleasant, quiet atmosphere and a wealth of resources for the pursuit of serious graduate study.

While the library has approximately a 135,000-volume capacity, its holdings currently consist of:

  • 100,148 bound volumes
  • 77,708 microforms
  • 5,473 audio-visuals
  • about 303 current periodical subscriptions
  • 62 computer databases

The holdings include an extensive biblical, theological, and missiological collection, augmented by the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center located at the Assemblies of God General Council in Springfield, as well as a collection of counseling resources. The library includes materials representing a variety of viewpoints due to the nature and objectives of the seminary.

The facility includes a computer center, equipped with 23 personal computers, five laser printers, a color printer, two scanners and a laptop printing station for student use and provides access to productivity software, library resources and the Internet.  The library has also installed two wireless access points, creating a wireless network accessible throughout the facilities.

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Introduction to MOBIUS and SWAN

MOBIUS, also known as Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, is a consortium of academic libraries with member colleges and universities in the state of Missouri. The largest single project for which MOBIUS is responsible is the Common Library Platform. The CLP creates a virtual collection of the more than 17 million items contained in the libraries of MOBIUS member institutions and creates a single user interface that allows faculty and students to request library materials using any personal computer in any location with access to the Internet. Requested materials are delivered within one or two days of being requested by the MOBIUS Delivery System.

View a full list of MOBIUS member libraries

MOBIUS is divided into clusters of libraries that share a common database. These clusters are generally organized according to geographic proximity. AGTS is a member of the SWAN cluster (Southwest Academic Network). In addition to the AGTS library, this cluster includes the libraries of the following institutions:

  • Baptist Bible College
  • Cottey College
  • Crowder College
  • Drury University
  • Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
  • Missouri Southern State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Southwest Baptist University

AGTS shares a common Web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) with all of the other SWAN libraries. This means that you can easily switch back and forth through the various library collections when you are searching in the Web OPAC. You can also search all of the collections simultaneously. However, this also means that you must pay close attention to which specific library you are searching.

In addition to the common SWAN Online Catalog, you can also search the MOBIUS Union Catalog online. This catalog includes the holdings of every MOBIUS library in the state, including the holdings of AGTS and SWAN.

AGTS students, faculty, and staff members can also borrow books from SWAN and other MOBIUS libraries using one of the following methods:

 

  1. Place requests through the Web OPAC for books from any of the SWAN libraries. When these requests are filled by other SWAN libraries, the books will be sent by courier service to the AGTS library and you will be able to pick them up from the AGTS library Circulation Desk. You can also return the books to the Circulation Desk and AGTS will ship the books back to the lending library.
  2. Place requests through the MOBIUS Union Catalog for books from MOBIUS libraries that are not part of SWAN. When these requests are filled, the books will be sent by the same courier service to the AGTS library and you will be able to pick them up from the AGTS library Circulation Desk. Again, AGTS will ship the books back to the lending library for you when you turn them in to the Circulation Desk.
  3. Visit one of the SWAN or MOBIUS libraries in person and check out books at that location. (However, MOBIUS recommends that you use the online catalogs as much as is reasonably possible.) You can also return these books to the AGTS Circulation Desk and AGTS will ship them back to the lending library.

 

You can also request photocopies of journal articles from other SWAN and MOBIUS libraries through traditional Interlibrary Loan.

You can learn more about SWAN by visiting the SWAN FAQ page.

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Additional Interlibary Cooperation

In addition to MOBIUS, the AGTS library is a member of the Assemblies of God Library Consortium and of the Southwest Missouri Academic Libraries Cooperative. By virtue of these memberships, AGTS students may borrow books from the following libraries and, in return, AGTS will loan books to current patrons from these institutions:

AGTS students will need to present a current AGTS I.D. card when checking out books from Consortium libraries to verify enrollment at AGTS. AGTS library policies for consortium students who wish to check out books from the AGTS library can be found in the Circulation Policies section of the handbook. AGTS computer center policies for consortium students can be found in the Student Computer Center section.

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Circulation Policies

AGTS Resident Masters Degree Students

Borrowing Materials from the AGTS Library

Checkout Limits

 

  1. There is no limit to the total number of circulating items that a Resident AGTS student may borrow from the AGTS library.
  2. However, no more than 10 books on one subject may be checked out at a time without special permission from a library coordinator or administrator. The subject of a book is determined by a combination of call number and actual subject content. The final decision as to what constitutes one subject shall be left to the Circulation Coordinator or the Assistant Director.

 

Loan Periods

 

1. Books from circulating collection (two renewals) 3 weeks*
2. DVDs, Videocassettes, and Audiocassettes (one renewal only) 1 week
3. CD-ROM (one renewal only) 2 hours in the Library
4. Renewal Period Length of the Original Loan

 

*After the initial 2 weeks that a book is checked out, it will be subject to recall if requested by another student.

The purpose for the limit on the number of books on one subject that any one patron may have in his/her possession is to help all students find resources. The limitation keeps one or two people from monopolizing the entire collection on one subject. We are attempting to serve all our patrons and give each an opportunity to find adequate resources for his/her research.

Borrowing Materials from SWAN & MOBIUS Libraries

For information concerning SWAN and the MOBIUS Consortium, please refer to the Introduction to MOBIUS and SWAN section of this manual.

Monographs (circulating books) are the only materials that are available for loan from other SWAN or MOBIUS schools.

Loan Periods

 

1. Books (two renewals) 3 weeks*
2. Renewal Period Length of the Original Loan

 

*Once the initial loan period has ended, books will be subject to recall if requested by another student.







AGTS Continuing Education Masters Degree Students

Borrowing Materials from the AGTS Library

Checkout Limits

 

  1. There is no limit to the total number of circulating items that an AGTS Continuing Education student may borrow from the library.
  2. However, no more than 10 books on one subject may be checked out at a time without special permission from a library coordinator or administrator. The subject of a book is determined by a combination of call number and actual subject content. The final decision as to what constitutes one subject shall be left to the Circulation Coordinator or the Assistant Director.

 

Loan Periods

 

1. Books from circulating collection (one renewal only) 30 days*
2. DVDs, Videocassettes, and Audiocassettes (one renewal only) 1 week
3. CD-ROM (one renewal only) 2 hours in the Library
4. Renewal Period Length of the Original Loan

 

*After the initial 2 weeks that a book is checked out, it will be subject to recall if requested by another student.

Note: The Library does not ship DVDs or video/audio cassettes

Borrowing Materials from SWAN & MOBIUS Libraries

Refer to the SWAN and MOBIUS policies in the AGTS Resident Masters Degree section for more details if you live in Missouri or will be in the area for a sufficient length of time to take advantage of these resources.

For information concerning SWAN and the MOBIUS Consortium, please refer to the Introduction to MOBIUS and SWAN section of this manual.







AGTS Doctoral Students

Borrowing Materials from the AGTS Library

Checkout Limits

 

  1. There is no limit to the total number of circulating items that an AGTS Doctoral student may borrow from the library.
  2. However, no more than 15 books on one subject may be checked out at a time without special permission from a library coordinator or administrator. The subject of a book is determined by a combination of call number and actual subject content.  The final decision as to what constitutes one subject shall be left to the Circulation Coordinator or the Assistant Director.

 

Loan Periods

 

1. Books from circulating collection 60 days*
2. Book Renewal Period (one renewal only) 30 days
3. DVDs, Videocassettes, and Audiocassettes (one renewal only) 1 week
4. CD-ROM (one renewal only) 2 hours in the Library
5. Non-book Renewal Period Length of the Original Loan

 

*After the initial 2 weeks that a book is checked out, it will be subject to recall if requested by another student.

Note: The Library does not ship DVDs or video/audio cassettes

Borrowing Materials from SWAN & MOBIUS Libraries

Refer to the SWAN and MOBIUS policies in the AGTS Resident Masters Degree section for more details if you live in Missouri or will be in the area for a sufficient length of time to take advantage of these resources.

For information concerning SWAN and the MOBIUS Consortium, please refer to the Introduction to MOBIUS and SWAN section of this manual.







Students from SWAN or other MOBIUS Institutions

(Includes BBC, SBU, MSU, Drury, and Forest Institute of Professional Psychology Students and Faculty)

Borrowing Materials from the AGTS Library

Checkout Limits

Limits are imposed by the SWAN cluster and/or the MOBIUS Consortium as to the total number of items that may be checked out by one of these patrons from other SWAN and/or MOBIUS libraries. The AGTS library imposes no additional limitations beyond those which are currently enforced by the cluster.

Loan Periods


1. Books from circulating collection (two renewals) 3 weeks*
2. DVDs, Videocassettes, and Audiocassettes None
3. CD-ROM None
4. Renewal Period Length of the Original Loan

*Once the initial loan period has ended, books will be subject to recall if requested by another student.







AGTS Library Guest Borrowers

CBC and Evangel Students

Borrowing Materials from the AGTS Library

Checkout Limits

  1. May check out a total of 20 circulating books at a time.
  2. Students from these schools who check out book(s) within the last three weeks of an AGTS semester will be required to return the book(s) by the last day of that semester unless special permission to extend the loan period is granted by a Circulation Services supervisor.
  3. Students from these schools who check out books must be currently enrolled at their particular institution of higher learning. Students will be asked to present a current Student ID card at the time of check-out.

Loan Periods


1. Books from circulating collection (two renewals) 3 weeks*
2. DVDs, Videocassettes, and Audiocassettes None
3. CD-ROM None
4. Renewal Period Length of the Original Loan

*After the initial 2 weeks that a book is checked out, it will be subject to recall if requested by another student.




Other Approved Library Guest Borrowers

(Local ministers, students from other Non-MOBIUS consortium schools, A/G General Council employees)

Borrowing Materials from the AGTS Library

Checkout Limits

  1. AGTS guests may check out a total of 10 circulating books.
  2. Students of other area schools who check out book(s) within the last three weeks of an AGTS semester will be required to return the book(s) by the last day of that semester.
  3. Students of other area schools who check out books must be currently enrolled at their particular institution of higher learning. Students will be asked to present a current Student ID card at the time of check-out.

Loan Periods


1. Books from circulating collection (no renewals) 3 weeks*
2. DVDs, Videocassettes, and Audiocassettes None
3. CD-ROM None

*After the initial 2 weeks that a book is checked out, it will be subject to recall if requested by another student.

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Checkout Renewals

The renewal periods are listed in the Circulation Policies section.

A book may not be renewed if it has been requested by an AGTS student or faculty member. Further, a book which has been renewed may be recalled during its renewal period if requested by an AGTS student or faculty member. Please see the Recalls of Books section for further information.

With the exception of MOBIUS/SWAN patrons and the students and faculty of CBC and Evangel University, anyone who is not currently affiliated with AGTS (students, faculty, staff, etc.) may NOT renew books.

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Placing Books on Hold

If a desired book from the AGTS library collection is checked out, AGTS faculty and students may request that the book be placed on hold. Once a patron has placed a hold on an item, the hold will remain in effect for 45 days. (However, patrons may request that the hold be set to remain in effect for a longer or shorter time period.) If the book is returned during this period, the Library staff will reserve the item at the Circulation Desk and notify the patron that it is available. After notification, the patron will have 48 hours to retrieve the book from the Circulation Desk. If the book is not picked up within the 48-hour time frame, it will be re-shelved into the collection.

Anyone who is not currently affiliated with AGTS (students, faculty, staff, etc.), CBC, Evangel University, or a MOBIUS library will not be able to place requests for checked-out AGTS books.

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Requesting Books through SWAN

If AGTS students, faculty, or staff members wish to borrow any circulating books owned by other SWAN libraries, they may place a request for the book through the online catalog.

The procedure is as follows:

 

  1. From the open bibliographic record of the desired book, click on the "Request" option at the top of the screen.
  2. A Request page will open. Enter in the following information in the spaces provided:
    1. Name
    2. Campus ID. In order to access your Patron Record, you will need to enter in your unique library ID (this is NOT your AGTS student ID number). AGTS library Staff will randomly create a Unique ID for all AGTS patron accounts. If you are an AGTS student, faculty, or staff member this ID information will be mailed or e-mailed to you. If you do not receive this password information or forget your password, please contact the library's Circulation Desk for help.
    3. Personal PIN. If you have not already created a PIN, you can do so by entering in a sequence of letters/numbers and clicking on "Submit." You will be responsible for creating and remembering your own PIN. If you forget your PIN, you may contact the library's Circulation Desk and they can delete your old PIN, enabling you to create a new one.
    4. Select a "Pickup Location." A drop-down list is provided. You will need to select "Assemblies of God Theological Seminary," the first option provided.
    5. Enter a "Cancel if not Filled By" date.
    6. Click "Submit."

 

Once a request is filled by a SWAN library, the book will be shipped to the AGTS library. Once the book arrives at AGTS, it will be placed on the hold shelf and a pickup notice will be emailed or mailed to the patron. It will be the responsibility of the patron to pick up the book from the Circulation Desk.

Note: AGTS students may also check out books directly from the circulation desk of SWAN libraries when visiting those libraries. However, it is recommended that patrons use the online catalog to request books as much as is reasonably possible. The typical delivery time should be one to two days.

For more information about SWAN, including a list of SWAN libraries, please consult the Introduction to MOBIUS and SWAN section of this handbook.

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Requesting Books through the MOBIUS Catalog

If AGTS students, faculty, or staff members wish to borrow any books that are owned by MOBIUS libraries that are outside of the SWAN cluster, they may place a request for the books through the MOBIUS catalog.

The procedure is as follows:

 

  1. From the open bibliographic record of the desired book, click on the "Request This Item" option at the top of the screen.
  2. You will be prompted to select your cluster. Be sure to select "SWAN."
  3. A Request page will open. Enter in the following information in the spaces provided:
    1. Name
    2. Campus ID. In order to access your Patron Record, you will need to enter in your unique library ID (this is NOT your AGTS student ID number). AGTS library Staff will randomly create a Unique ID for all AGTS patron accounts. If you are an AGTS student, faculty, or staff member this ID information will be mailed or e-mailed to you. If you do not receive this password information or forget your password, please contact the library's Circulation Desk for help.
    3. Select Your Pickup Cluster. Again, you will want to select "SWAN" from the dropdown list.
    4. Select a "Pickup Location." A drop-down list is provided. You will need to select "Assemblies of God Theological Seminary," the first option provided.
    5. Click "Submit."

 

Once a request is filled by a MOBIUS library, the book will be shipped to the AGTS library. Once the book arrives at AGTS, it will be placed on the hold shelf and a pickup notice will be emailed or mailed to the patron. It will be the responsibility of the patron to pick up the book from the Circulation Desk.

Note: AGTS students may also check out books directly from the circulation desk of MOBIUS libraries when visiting those libraries. If you attempt this in a MOBIUS library that is not part of the SWAN cluster you will need to be able to provide the library's circulation staff with your ID number. It is recommended that patrons use the online catalog to request books as much as is reasonably possible.

Note: AGTS distance students who live in Missouri and who may find it more convenient to visit another MOBIUS library may select that alternate library as a pickup location when requesting books through the Union Catalog. In such instances, you will receive a Pick-Up notice from the library you have selected and you will have to pick up the item at that location.

For more information about MOBIUS please consult the Introduction to MOBIUS and SWAN section of this handbook.

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Recalls of Books

Any book that has been checked out may be recalled after two weeks of the initial loan period has passed (or 2 days in the case of one week loan periods) if requested by an AGTS student or faculty member. In addition, books can be recalled from any library patron at any point in their loan period if an AGTS professor has requested that they be placed on Course Reserve. Patrons must return recalled books to the library within 48 hours of notification (in the case of distance students, the item should be sent back in the mail within 48 hours) or the book will be considered overdue and the patron will be subject to the AGTS fine policies.

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Reserve Materials

The policies governing the purpose and use of Course Reserve materials are as follows:

 

  • Faculty members may request that books or articles in high demand for their classes carry a limited loan period--2 hours, 1 day or 3 days. These items will be kept at the Circulation Desk for the duration of the course. Students wishing to view any of these materials must request the specific item(s) from circulation staff.
  • Reserve materials are to be used primarily by those who are currently taking the course for which the book or article has been reserved. Only students who are taking the course and the professor teaching the course will be allowed to remove 1 or 3 day reserve materials from the library. Any exceptions to this policy must be cleared through the Circulation Coordinator or the Assistant Director of Library Services, in consultation with the professor who reserved the item if necessary.
  • Two-hour reserve materials are to be used in the library.
  • Only one reserve item may be borrowed at a time.
  • All reserve material may be renewed once for the same period of time as the original loan. However, the material may not be renewed if another AGTS student has requested it.
  • All books and articles on reserve are subject to immediate recall upon notification if the situation warrants it.

CBC or Evangel faculty may request that the AGTS library set up a temporary reserve collection of AGTS library materials for students participating in CBC or Evangel courses. Such reserve collections, if approved, would be subject to the same policies and restrictions that have been established for AGTS professors and courses.

 

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Fines

Overdue AGTS Materials

For overdue circulating materials, fines will be levied beginning with the first business day following the due date of the materials. Fines are not charged for days when the library is closed.

If any AGTS student is seriously delinquent (see Lost Items for further explanation) or has fines equaling $50 or more at the AGTS library or any other consortium library, he/she will have his/her library account blocked in the circulation system. If patrons not currently affiliated with AGTS (as students, faculty, staff, etc.) have any overdue books or have accumulated fines equaling or exceeding $5, their library accounts will be blocked in the circulation system. Once a library account is blocked, the account holder cannot check out any books from the AGTS library until the matter is resolved.

Fines and other outstanding charges not paid after 21 days by an AGTS Resident, Continuing Education, or Doctoral student may be transferred to the student's account.

 

Fine Schedule
Regular circulating materials $.25 per day
Two-hour reserve materials and CD-ROM materials $1.00 per hour
One-day/3-day reserve materials, DVDs, and video/audiocassettes $1.00 per day or any fraction thereof

 

Overdue SWAN or MOBIUS Books

For information concerning the fees charged to AGTS students, faculty, and staff for overdue books checked out from SWAN or MOBIUS libraries, please refer to the Lost Items section.

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Lost Items

AGTS Items

Library patrons should report lost items immediately. Fines will not be charged beyond the date when the item was reported lost. Regular circulating books not returned will be declared lost 21 days after the due date.  DVDs, video/audio cassettes, and reserve materials will be declared lost 14 days after the due date.

When an item charged to an AGTS student has been declared lost, a notice will be sent to the student and, unless the item is returned, the corresponding charges of the value of the item, the fines that have accrued, and a $10 processing fee will be charged to the student's account. In addition, the student's library account will be blocked until the matter is resolved.

When a book charged to a Non-AGTS student has been declared lost, an invoice will be sent to the library of the institution that this patron is associated with. In the case of Southwest Missouri Academic Cooperative or Assemblies of God Consortium libraries (Evangel University and CBC), the charges on the invoice will represent the price of the book that has been lost. For MOBIUS and SWAN patrons, the invoice will include a $100 replacement fee and a $20 processing fee.

SWAN and MOBIUS Books

The policies established by the SWAN Cluster and the MOBIUS Consortium in regards to lost books are as follows:

  1. For SWAN loans, a book will be declared lost and a bill will be produced when the book is 21 days overdue.  For all other MOBIUS loans, a book will be declared lost and a bill will be produced when the book is 45 days overdue.
  2. The fees that will be charged total $120: a $100 lost book fee plus a $20 billing/processing fee.
  3. The AGTS library will block patrons who have been billed until either the bill is paid or the item(s) returned.
  4. Although the AGTS library has the option to attempt negotiation with the lending library for a replacement or a lower lost book fee, it is ultimately up to the discretion of the lending library whether they want to negotiate.

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Interlibrary Loan

Since 1978, the Library has contracted for access to OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a major world-wide computer-based cataloging bibliographic utility, currently through the Missouri Library Network Corporation (MLNC). As students grow in their experience and skill, becoming more advanced in the pursuit of their information needs, the library can offer access to ever wider resources to meet those needs through its use of this extensive bibliographic record collection which provides access to other library resources through Interlibrary Loan.

Research materials that are not available locally may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.  The situations in which an AGTS patron may wish to use OCLC Interlibrary Loan are as follows:

 

  • To check out a book that is not available at AGTS or at any other SWAN/MOBIUS library.
  • To obtain the photocopy of a journal article that is not available in the AGTS library or through online databases licensed by AGTS.

 

Interlibrary Loan request forms may be obtained from an attendant at the Circulation Desk.  Requests can also be made by directly emailing the Circulation Coordinator or Assistant Director of Library Services. Most materials requested through Interlibrary Loan arrive within 1 to 2 weeks.  Interlibrary Loan materials are subject to any restrictions imposed by the lending library.

Charges imposed by lending libraries will be passed on to the borrower. This could include charges for postage, insurance, photocopies, and handling. In addition to the charges imposed by lending libraries, AGTS charges a $1 processing fee per Interlibrary Loan request. This fee must be paid when the patron picks up the ILL item.

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Classification System

Books in the library are classified and arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. An outline of the entire Library of Congress Classification System is available online at www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco.html.

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Student Computer Center

The Cordas C. Burnett Library Student Computer Center offers computers to aid students in their studies. The center is equipped with 18 computers, 5 laser printers, a color printer, and 2 scanners. The computers all utilize Microsoft Office XP and Microsoft Windows 2007. Internet access is available on each computer. Automated resources available in the Student Computer Center can be found in the Research Materials section. To use a computer, students simply need to log-in using their Student Portal ID and Password (a guest login account is available upon request for approved AGTS guest patrons).

Restrictions on Use

Use of the Cordas C. Burnett Library Student Computer Center by patrons will be regulated by the following policies:

 

  1. Patrons must either log-in to the specific computer they wish to use with their AGTS student log-in or, if they have no personal log-in, sign up in the log book at the Circulation Desk, recording their name and the time of use. Patrons who need to sign the log book will be logged onto a computer as a guest by the Circulation Staff.
  2. Patrons must be willing to leave the center at times when it is closed or reserved. Non-AGTS patrons must be willing to surrender the computer they are using to an AGTS patron who requires its usage. In addition, any patrons using a Guest Account may be asked to surrender the computer they are using to another patron if they have been on the machine for over two hours and the center has become overcrowded.
  3. There will be no food or drink in the center. Those who listen to music or audio programs must do so with headphones.
  4. Patrons may bring in CDs or DVDs to run on the computers. However, the AGTS library is not responsible for providing support for any personal software brought in by library patrons.
  5. Patrons are not permitted to change any of the settings on the computers and, under no circumstances, may shut off a machine or disconnect any network cables or other cables.
  6. Due to security concerns and federal regulations, patrons are not permitted to connect any network cables to their laptops.
  7. Patrons are only to use the Internet for research and to enhance their educational pursuits. Multimedia broadcasts (audio, video, chat rooms and/or animated videos) are only permissible if the programs fall within the scope of research and study. Patrons who are NOT using computers for academic purposes may be asked to leave at any time if the center becomes overcrowded.
  8. Patrons are not permitted to access obscene, pornographic, or other similarly morally questionable material.
  9. Patrons may not intentionally download or install copyrighted material for personal use without prior approval of AGTS computer personnel. This includes commercial software, shareware, freeware, typefaces or fonts, wallpaper, sound files or other multimedia.
  10. Commercial use of the network is strictly prohibited.
  11. Students should exercise caution in answering questions regarding the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and should not respond to any inquirer or initiate any information without full disclosure of name, address and identity of the inquirer. No student shall assume the responsibility of speaking for the Board of Administration or individual member of the Board of Administration or interpret seminary policy in any electronic or other form of communication. No student may communicate on behalf of another student or AGTS employee unless specifically authorized by that student or employee to do so.

 

The AGTS library reserves the right to suspend the computer access privileges of patrons who violate any of these policies. Internet activity logs will be monitored in order to ensure compliance with Internet access policy.

Students who inadvertently access obscene, pornographic, or other similar morally questionable material should immediately terminate connection with that site and submit an Internet Incident Report (forms available at the Circulation Desk) to library personnel.

Printing Policy

Library staff will stock the Computer Center's laser printers with paper. Although free printing is primarily reserved for AGTS students who have paid their technology fee, the library does permit Non-AGTS patrons to print out a limited number of pages.

Use of Computer Center by Non-AGTS Students

Use of the AGTS Student Computer Center is restricted to current AGTS patrons, current students of area and consortium schools, and members of other approved patron groups. Furthermore, Non-AGTS patrons may only use the computers to search the AGTS library catalog or to briefly look up resources related to their current studies. Non-AGTS patrons may print out a limited number of pages containing the results of such searches.

AGTS library staff reserve the right to ask Non-AGTS patrons to leave the Student Computer Center or to suspend computer access privileges if it is felt that such patrons are using the center in a manner that is inconsistent with these regulations.

E-mail Security

AGTS students may use the Student Computer Center machines to access their personal e-mail accounts. However, it is recommended that good security practices and precautions are observed:

 

  • Do not open any e-mail that looks suspicious, even if it is from someone you know.
  • In regards to e-mail attachments: You should never directly open any e-mail attachments. If you do desire to open an attachment from someone you know and feel you can trust, be sure to first save it to the computer drive or to disk (the anti-virus software installed on the machine will check for viruses).
  • Never open an attachment with a file name ending with an .exe, .bat, .scr, or .zip extension. (However, be aware that even files that appear to be text documents based on their extensions may actually be malicious programs in disguise. Your e-mail service may not be set to display the entire name of an attached file. Many virus creators take advantage of this fact, creating lengthy names for their files in order to hide the actual file extension.)

 

Students who encounter any problems or have any reason to believe that there may be a problem, are encouraged to report the situation to library staff immediately.

Storage Devices

Students are expected to supply their own storage devices for work in progress. However, CD-Rs can be purchased at the Circulation Desk. The current price will be posted at the Circulation Desk.

Hours

The Student Computer Center will open at the same time as the library (see the Library Hours Section). However, library staff will shut down the center 10 minutes prior to the library's closing time. In addition, the center (and the AGTS library) will close during any Community Chapel services.

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Research Materials

Direct Institutional Internet Access Resources

AGTS students may use the Computer Center or personal laptops connected to the AGTS Wireless Network to search for periodical articles (full text and abstracts) and other resources in a variety of online databases that can be accessed through direct institutional Internet access. These resources include the APA (American Psychological Association) and the ATLA (American Theological Library Association) databases (available through the EBSCO Publishing Service).

Students may also search for dissertations through the Pro Quest Digital Dissertations program and Doctor of Ministry projects through ATLA's Research in Ministry (RIM) Online.

In addition, the AGTS library provides access to eHRAF (Electronic Human Relations Area Files) World Cultures which gives information on hundreds of cultures throughout the world.

Students wishing to use the Wireless Network will need to be provided with the URL address for the particular service they wish to access (links are also provided to these resources from the library's website).

In addition, current AGTS students (resident or distance) may be able to access some specific resources from their home computers utilizing passwords provided by the library.

Note: If you try to link to these web pages from an off-campus location, you will be unable to access the actual database. However, if you are an AGTS student and you wish to access EBSCO or eHRAF from home, you can obtain the password that will enable you to search the databases from the Library Assistant Director (Email: roliver@agts.edu). Passwords may change periodically.

For more detailed descriptions and information about how to locate these and other additional online resources, please refer to the Indexes & Databases section of this site.

Local Software Resources

In the Computer Center, AGTS students may also utilize CD-ROM or DVD-ROM databases that are only available on the center computers.

All computers in the Computer Center have access to the Historical Pentecostal Archives provided by the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center.

In addition, Bible Works 8.0 and Brill’s Encyclopaedia of Islam are available on several computers.

Students may also make use of Citation 9.0 (available on all center computers) and Endnote 9.0 (available on a limited number of machines) to help them prepare bibliographies.

For more detailed descriptions and information about how to locate and access these resources, please refer to the Indexes & Databases section of this site.

Periodicals

Information concerning periodicals owned by AGTS can be found by conducting a "Journal" title search in the online catalog. Journal records in the online catalog will indicate where specific volumes and issues of individual periodicals are located in the library.

Periodicals can be found in the following locations:

 

  • Current issues (issues that have been released in the last year) of periodicals are shelved on the current periodical shelves (located next to the Circulation Desk).
  • Bound periodicals (location listed as "Bound"), are shelved alphabetically by journal title in the reference collection.
  • Unbound back issues and volumes of periodicals (location listed as "Paper"), are kept in the periodicals room. Only library personnel are permitted in the Periodicals Room. You will need to submit a Periodical Request Form, provided at the Circulation Desk, that includes basic information about the article: such as journal title, article title, volume, number, and date.
  • Back files of many of the periodicals are on Microfilm or Microfiche. You will need to submit a Periodical Request Form for any articles in this format that you wish to view. Library staff can assist you in the use of the Microform Readers.

 

No library patron may remove these items from the library or "reserve" them for future use unless they receive special permission from the Circulation Coordinator or Assistant Director of Library Services.

Reference and Theses Books

All library patrons have access to the Reference Section on the 1st floor of the library. These items have call numbers that begin with the letters "REF." Unpublished theses are kept at the Circulation Desk and have a call number beginning with "THESIS." No library patron may remove these items from the library or reserve them for future use unless they receive special permission from the Circulation Coordinator or Assistant Director of Library Services.

If anyone wants to specifically search the library collection for dissertations or theses, there are a couple of options. A patron could simply add the term "thesis" to their string of terms in a keyword search to try to narrow their results down. The library staff also have provided a binder at the Circulation Desk that includes complete title lists of the "THESIS" collection, one list sorted by author name and the other by book call number.

Audio-Visuals

DVDs, videocassettes, and audiocassettes can be found in the Automated Library System by performing speaker ("Author"), "Title," "Subject," or "Keyword" searches. Patrons may request a DVD, videocassette, or audiocassette by call number at the Circulation Desk. These materials may either be used in the library or checked out by AGTS patrons according to the established Circulation Policies.

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Copies of Chapel Services

The AGTS library has a collection of archived past AGTS chapel sermons:

 

  • Chapel sermons from the Spring Semester of 2003 and earlier are available on cassette tape and can either be checked out or copied to CD at the patron's request .
  • For Chapel sermons from the Fall Semester of 2003 and later please refer to the AGTS website.

 

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Equipment

DVD/VHS Players

See the Reserved Study Rooms section for details concerning available DVD/VHS players and television monitors.

CD/Cassette Players

Portable CD/cassette players and headphones are available at the Circulation Desk. This equipment is for use in the library and may be used in one of several carrels that are equipped with electrical outlets. Earphones or headphones should be used when listening to any audio recordings in the library.

Microform Readers

The microform reading area is equipped with microfiche and microfilm readers. The library also has a microform reader/printer that will produce photocopies from microfilm or microfiche. This reader/printer is available for student use. The charge for photocopies of microforms is $.10 per copy. Library personnel are available to make copies for patrons upon request. The cost for such service is $.15 per page.

Photocopies

Two coin-operated copy machines are located on the first floor. Photocopies are $.05 each. Library personnel are available to make copies for patrons upon request. The cost for such services is $.10 per page.

One of the copy machines can also be used to scan and email an electronic copy of a document to a patron's personal email account.

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Reserved Study Rooms

Two rooms on the second floor have been set aside for small group study sessions. These rooms have also been equipped with television sets and VHS/DVD players for group or individual viewing of videos.

One of these rooms (232-B) now houses the Dr. Gary B. McGee Research Collection for Church History and Pentecostal Studies. This room will be left open at all times and the study space can be used by students on a "first-come-first served" basis unless reserved by library administration for some particular purpose. The cart with the TV and VHS/DVD player for this room will be stored in the other study room but can be retrieved by library staff for students when requested.

In order to use the second room (232-C), students must sign up at the Circulation Desk and a Circulation staff member must unlock the door. Students will be allowed to reserve this room for 2 hours. However, if no one else has need of the room at the end of the 2 hours, students may remain there until a Circulation staff member informs them that someone else has signed up for use of the room.

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Courtesy

AGTS students deserve a quiet library conducive to serious study. Common library courtesy includes the following:

 

  • Library patrons should refrain from loud or lengthy conversations in all study areas.
  • Patrons must closely supervise the behavior of children that they bring with them to the library. The AGTS library staff may ask patrons to remove children from the library that are creating an excessive disturbance in the library's computer and study facilities.
  • Patrons are not to monopolize study carrels or reference materials, allowing for reasonable access for all patrons. Study carrels cannot be held for patrons who are attending class or eating lunch. Books left in unattended study carrels will be checked in and reshelved.
  • Before leaving the library, patrons are requested to return reference materials to designated areas: periodicals, reference books, and reserve books to the Circulation Desk, and circulating books to the book return tables in the study areas. Do NOT attempt to reshelve any books that you have removed from library shelves.
  • Eating and drinking in the public areas of the library or in the Student Computer Center is prohibited.

 

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Telephone and Cell Phone Use

Library patrons are encouraged to practice appropriate cell phone etiquette when using their personal cell phones in the library facilities.  This includes setting their cell phones to vibrate and, as much as reasonably possible, refraining from carrying on extended conversations in close proximity to students who are studying or otherwise engaged in research activities. The library staff does reserve the right to ask patrons to take cell phone conversations outside of the library facilities if it is deemed that such conversations are having a disruptive effect.

Telephones located in the library are business phones. A courtesy phone has been provided in the student lounge for personal calls. Library patrons cannot be paged or called to the Circulation Desk telephone except in emergencies. Messages may be accepted and communicated to the patron.

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Hours

Regular Hours

The standard library hours are as follows:

 

Weekday 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday CLOSED

 

Hours--No Class in Session

This schedule is utilized in August and any other day/week when no classes or modules are in session:

 

Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat-Sun CLOSED

 

Note: The Library will close at 5 p.m. on the last Friday of every semester.

Any changes in hours for a particular holiday, or for any other reason, will be posted on the front door of the library. The standard holiday hours are 10 a.m - 6 p.m. However, the library may close for some holidays.

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