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Reference & Research Services Policies and Procedures
Additional policies and procedures exist that might be applicable.
To provide informational resources in support of the academic and research programs of UL Lafayette and to provide professional and expert reference assistance and instruction to the university's students, faculty, staff, and to the general public in their research or information-seeking processes.
The primary patrons are the university's students, faculty, and staff. Some services and facilities are offered to the general public. Current members of the university may be given priority in the use of any service or reference tool. Users of federal government information resources and services will be provided services comparable to those for primary patrons.
Circulation of Materials
No Reference materials are circulated.
Any questions regarding these policies should be referred to Reference & Research Services.
Services are provided in person at the Reference Desk, by telephone, and via email, instant messaging, and Skype. Reference & Research Services provides the Reference Online Center, Individual Research Consultations, Ask a Librarian, U.S. Government Information, and Instructional Services. Reference & Research Services also manages study carrel assignments.
Reference Online Center
Reference & Research Services provides computers for research: searching of reference online databases, the library's online catalog, and U.S. government information resources. Student Technology Enhancement fees provide printing availability to UL Lafayette-affiliated users.
Reference Online Center Use Policy
Acceptable Use
Preference for use of computers in the Reference Online Center is given to researchers accessing the library's online catalog and databases and government information resources. Those engaged in other activities may be asked to leave if a computer is needed for research.
Unacceptable Use
Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Users must limit sessions to 30 minutes if others are waiting.
  • Beverages and food are prohibited at all computer workstations.
  • Users may not change any windows, DOS, or Explorer configurations or options.
  • Users may not move, disconnect, or reconfigure equipment.
  • Users are encouraged to download large files to personal memory devices rather than printing them.
  • Users may not download to hard drives or server drives. Download to personal memory devices only.
  • Users must abide by the UL Lafayette Computer & Network Policy.
Reference Online Database Access for Off-Campus Use
Those who access the Web through an ISP (Internet Service Provider) will need to supply a UCS CLID (campus logon ID) and UCS password, when prompted, in order to reach a database. Faculty, staff, and students can obtain a UCS CLID and password by visiting the Help Desk (Stephens Hall 201, 482-5516,
Reference Online Center Computer Reservations
UL Lafayette instructors who wish to use the Reference Online Center computers for class instruction in use of the library's resources may contact the Reference Desk (482-6030) at least two hours prior to the requested reservation time. A specific time and the number of students attending are also required when submitting a reservation request. The Reference Online Center computers may be reserved a maximum of three times per section during each semester.
Individual Reference Consultations
Individual consultations are offered by appointment to assist researchers with in-depth projects.
Ask a Librarian
Real-Time Reference Service and Email
Requests for brief, factual information may be submitted to Reference & Research Services via Skype, instant messaging, or email. These services are intended for the students, faculty, and staff of UL Lafayette. Others will be assisted if the question concerns UL Lafayette or some unique resource of the Edith Garland Dupré Library.
Types of appropriate questions include:
  • The availability and locations of materials in the UL Lafayette Libraries.
  • Inquiries about services of the UL Lafayette Libraries.
  • Request for brief statistical data.
  • Verification of bibliographic citations.
  • Addresses for corporations, institutions, and publishers.
  • Request for brief biographical information.
  • Assistance with the use of the online catalog, or the online databases.
The questions are answered by the Research librarians. If a question is best answered by another library department, the question will be forwarded and a librarian from that department will respond.
Email replies are normally sent within 48 hours, excluding holidays. Check the Ask a Librarian web page for hours of operation and more information concerning instant messaging and Skype.
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Document last revised Tuesday, October 1, 2013 2:41 PM hcp

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