FACULTY & STAFF POLICIES
To support the academic pursuits of its students, the LAFS Library provides comprehensive resources and services for learning, teaching, and research needs, with the aim of making resources easily accessible so that students and staff can take advantage of them.
The LAFS Library plays a vital role in supporting the educational and professional development of its students, staff, and alumni by providing current and relevant books, media, and digital resources. The Library supports its patrons in locating and retrieving information from a wide range of sources and facilitating the learning resource system for the LAFS community.
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"Standards for Libraries in Higher Education", American Library Association, August 29, 2006.
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CODE OF CONDUCT
The Los Angeles Film School Library seeks to provide the LAFS community with the best possible environment for research and study. We ask for your cooperation with the following rules, which apply to all Library users, respecting the use of Library facilities and resources:
Conduct that disturbs Library users or interferes with Library activities is prohibited.
Users shall respect the rights of other library patrons and library staff. This includes loud or excessive noise (either generated by audio equipment or an electronic communication device), verbal abuse, harassment, threats of violence, sexual harassment, or other activities that interfere with the activities of Library staff and patrons.
Food and drinks are not allowed on Library premises as it may distract or can damage library equipment. There is a small table right outside the building for patrons to place their food or drinks upon.
LAFS is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning and living environment for students, faculty, and staff. Students are expected to be good citizens and engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and contribute positively to students.
Theft and abuse of materials, facilities, and equipment are prohibited.
By entering the Library, patrons are agreeing to pass through a security system at the main entrance, which will then alarm if the patron is taking an item from the library and exiting without checking it out from the library staff.
Destruction of library materials by marking on or removing pages or other destructive activities toward materials or facilities are considered acts of vandalism.
Leaving unattended items for long periods of time is prohibited.
Any belongings left in an unoccupied space at the library for more than 30 minutes will be confiscated and brought to Security’s attention. Security will keep the unoccupied items until the owner claims for them. The LAFS Library and its staff are not responsible for any unattended items left damaged or stolen.
Failure to Comply
Failure to comply with library rules, library signage, or the directives of library staff or security personnel may result in the loss or suspension of library privileges, including but not limited to temporary or permanent removal from the library premises.
*Policies are subject to change at any time.
Circulation Services provides friendly and courteous service to The Los Angeles Film School community in lending library materials to students. Additionally, Library Staff members at the circulation desk are responsible for answering directional questions from patrons, checking in and out materials, maintaining the front desk and facility, and overall helping with patron needs.
BORROWING LIBRARY ITEMS
Materials may be checked out with a current LAFS student-issued ID. Students with an “Active” status account (both on-campus and online) are able to check out Library materials. Students who have a status of “Alumni,” “Leave of Absence,” “Withdrawn,” and “Canceled” are not able to check out items. However, Alumni and visitors, with a school-issued guest pass, may only view and use the materials in the facility.
All borrowers (active students, faculty, and staff) must fill out and sign “The Los Angeles Film School Library Application Form” once before checking out anything for the first time. Active Students, Staff, and Faculty will be able to check out materials with their school-issued ID.
Students will need to pay for any late, lost, or damaged fees. If the overdue item has not been returned for more than 30 days, it will be marked “LOST” and the student will have a hold on their LAFS account. All borrowed materials must be returned and/or lost fees paid before graduation.
Staff & Faculty may also borrow library materials, but may not follow the same rules as students do. Faculty may have a total of 5 items and Staff may have a total of 5 items at a time.
If a Faculty member chooses to send a student to pick up any library materials, they may do so but that Faculty member will still be held responsible if something happens to the borrowed material. Library Staff will have to confirm with the Faculty member before lending it out to the student in their name.
All Patrons are responsible for all materials charged to their account until they have been physically returned and checked in by Library Staff or dropped in the Book Drop Box. It is the borrower’s responsibility to:
Update cell phone, email, or other contact info
Know when materials are due by checking the Due Date stickers on the item, or review the transaction email receipt of the date due for each item, or viewing their account information in Koha
Return materials promptly
Care in handling all library materials
Renew items if they cannot return them on time
Patrons can do the above by contacting the Library or through the Library’s digital catalog, Koha.
ACCESSING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES THROUGH KOHA / LIBGUIDES
HOLDING / RESERVING LIBRARY ITEMS
Holding library materials can be done by phone, email, or online through the library catalog Koha. Items will be placed on hold for the patron for up to 48 hours. When an item is placed on hold, the patron will receive an email or phone call informing them that their item is ready for pickup. If the item is on hold for more than 48 hours, the item will be put back on the shelves for circulation.
Any loan may be recalled at any time if another borrower places a hold/reserve on the item. Any loan may be recalled immediately, for instance, if a Faculty member has requested to place the item on reserve for a class or if a Student needs an item for a vital assignment.
RENEWING LIBRARY ITEMS
Renewals of library materials are allowed as long as there has been no request for that material by another patron. Materials that are not overdue can be renewed by phone, in-person, email, or via the library catalog Koha. If max renewals are reached, the patron must present the item to a Library Staff member in order to check it in and then re-check it out to them.
Renewing materials that are overdue may be renewed for a valid reason, but are not encouraged. The patron will need to either renew through the catalog system or communicate to Library Staff explaining their reasons why they need to extend the loan. Late fees will still be applicable to the patron that has an overdue item on their account. (Details on max renewals for each item are listed in the Loaning Library Items Table below.)
RETURNING LIBRARY ITEMS
Returns can be done either by dropping off the materials with Library Staff members at the Circulation Desk or through the Book Drop Box located right outside of the Library entrance or at the B1 Lobby. Items must be returned on or before the due date.
Patrons who borrowed items from the Library may have other people return them, but the Library is not responsible if that person does not return them at all. The patron who checked them out is responsible for any items checked out in their name. If students are not allowed on campus for whatever reason, they can drop them off at the Book Drop Box at B1 Lobby.
LOANING LIBRARY ITEMS TABLE
FACULTY may borrow 5 items in total at one time, though if needed for a class/assignment, this may be waived. Loan periods for items are below:
STAFF may borrow 5 items in total at one time. Loan periods for items are below:
FINES & PENALTIES
OVERDUE LIBRARY ITEMS
Items will need to be returned back to the Library promptly. If Patrons do not return back library items on the assigned due dates for each item, they may acquire late fees or other consequences that will ban them from checkout privileges.
Students will not graduate if they have any “Holds” to their name, meaning they owe an item that is 60 days overdue. They will need to return the overdue item, replace it, or pay the replacement cost.
Faculty and Staff are excused from any late fees accumulated, but they are still responsible for returning the item on time and in the same condition. If Library Staff does not receive any kind of communication from the Faculty/Staff member within the 30 days that their item is overdue, they will lose checkout privileges until they do return the missing item.
Faculty and Staff with Late Fees will not be allowed to check out anything. If Faculty or Staff do not return the back the borrowed items, they will lose checkout privileges.
OVERDUE LATE ITEM NOTIFICATIONS→ Library will send any overdue notices and contact the borrower over a 60-day period:
After 1 day late, the borrower will receive an automated email/text, “First Overdue Notice,” stating that they have an overdue item and may start to accrue fines every day that the item is late. They will have a chance to renew with Library Staff if they need more time and there are no holds on the item.
After 7 days late, Library Staff will contact the borrower by phone to return or renew the item if there are no holds.
After 14 days late, an automated “Second Overdue Notice” email/text will be sent to the borrower along with Library Staff contacting the borrower to return the item by phone.
After 21 days late, Library Staff will contact the borrower to return or renew the item if there are no holds.
After 28 days late, an automated “Final Overdue Notice” email/text will be sent to the borrower along with Library Staff contacting the borrower to return the item by phone.
After 30 days, Library Staff will mark the overdue item “LOST” in the Library System, Koha. The borrower will lose any future checkout privileges until they return the item back.
Between 30-60 days, In the event that a Faculty or Staff returns back the 30-60 days overdue item, the Lost Item will need to be returned in good/same condition as when it was checked out. Library Staff will then make note in Koha regarding the borrower and will be put on "probation." The borrower might have limitations to future Library Item checkouts until Library Staff see that the patron returns items back on time.
After 60 days, the borrower will be held accountable for not returning and/or communicating with Library Staff.
* Please note that if any Patron repeats bringing in items late on an occurring basis, they may be subject to be banned from checkout privileges. They will be given 2 verbal/email warnings before being prohibited from checking out library items.
DAMAGED LIBRARY ITEMS
All items will be examined upon return. Materials that are returned damaged and not salvageable will be given a fine to the patron that borrowed the item. It will be encouraged for the borrower to pay a replacement fee at market value or purchase a replacement copy, but it is not mandatory.
LOST LIBRARY ITEMS
If the borrower loses a library item, it will be marked “LOST” and will need to be replaced. It will be encouraged for the borrower to purchase a replacement copy, but it is not mandatory.
6 iMac Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff to utilize. Guests may also use these computers, but priority is reserved for Students.
2 MacBook Pro Laptops are available by the window sill for Printing or Quick Browse purposes. Limited to15 minutes of usage.
All Library computers are in a public area and patrons may be involuntarily exposed to what others are viewing and searching online. Users should remain sensitive to the fact that they are working in a public environment shared by people of all ages. Patrons must respect others' privacy by not attempting to observe or comment on what others are viewing.
Patrons must use headphones when listening to audio content, and keep the volume low to not disturb others.
Patrons should not misuse computer equipment or software. Misuse includes but is not limited to the following:
Viewing material that violates federal, state, or local laws or regulations, including those regarding accessing, viewing, printing, and distributing obscenity or child pornography
Hacking into the library computer system or any other computer system
Mishandling, damaging, or attempting to damage computer equipment or software; tampering with computer settings; stealing computer’s mouse pads or cables
Interfering with system operations, integrity, or security
Attempting to gain or gain access to another person's files or authorization code
Displaying or printing materials that violate The Los Angeles Film School's policy on sexual harassment.
Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment
Telnetting to outside locations on a Library Resource Computer
Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements or the policies of the individual websites that you view
Failing to pay for printing
Refusing or ignoring a staff person's request to give up a computer
Failing to comply with time limits
All LAFS members may use the Printer/Copier/Scanner at the Library. There is a charge for printing
Click here to learn how to use the Printer → https://lafilm.libguides.com/printscancopy
All LAFS members may print at the Library (or other specified locations around campus where PaperCut System is installed). Students and Alumni are responsible to add money to their Printing Accounts either through the Cashier's Office or Online at https://papercut.lafilm.edu.
All LAFS members may scan for FREE using their lafilm.edu account.
All LAFS members may make copies at the Library (or other specified locations around campus where PaperCut System is installed). Students and Alumni are responsible to add money to their Printing Accounts either through the Cashier's Office or Online at https://papercut.lafilm.edu.
Adding Credit to your Printing Account
There are 2 ways to add credit for printing:
1. Log in to https://papercut.lafilm.edu and add "credit" (or funds) to your Print Account. You may pay using your PayPal account or Pay by Guest using your Credit/Debit Card.
2. Visit the Cashier’s Office (B 2, 4th Floor) on campus to add Credit to your Print Account. You may pay in Cash or Credit/Debit Card.
LAFS Library supplies and equipment are available on a first-come, first-served basis for Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff to utilize.
The following LAFS Library equipment may be used only at the Library:
Apple and Android Phone Chargers
Apple USB Adapters
External CD/DVD Player
Multiple CD Burner
Printer and Scanner
The following office supplies may be used upon request:
Pens and Pencils
Paper Cutting Board
Course Reserve Equipment
The following items are on reserve for certain patrons:
MIDI Keyboards (reserved for LARS Students)
Tascam Monitor TH-05 Headphones (reserved for LARS Students)
Xbox One Console with 2 Controllers and 4 Games Kit (reserved for Faculty)
PS4 Console with 1 Controller and 6 Games Kit (reserved for Faculty)
Recording and Microphone Kit (reserved for Faculty)
At this time, Game Consoles may only be lent out to Faculty as part of their classroom instruction. The Library has a couple of consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
All LAFS members may use the Library space for independent study or to pass time. As long as patrons respect others and keep in mind noise levels, patrons may continue to utilize the space until the Library closes. Currently, the Library space is limited and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. Library hours are posted on the Library site and on the Library entrance door.
Library Staff can help provide information on other departments and how to access support to all LAFS members and prospective students.
Student Advisors provide support and resources for students to enhance and aid in their school experience. You can visit on campus in B2, 1st Floor.
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IMT provides Students and Staff the support needed to resolve any technical issues throughout the use of our LAFS platforms, sites, and other associated products. You can visit the IMT HelpDesk located B1, 4th Floor for technical issues.
Check out the HelpDesk site to view the Knowledge Base Articles or Create a HelpDesk Ticket if you are having technical issues -> helpdesk.lafilm.com/front/helpdesk.faq.php?
CALL ONLINE SUPPORT
DC provides learning materials and gears on time necessary for the completion of student courses and/or programs, including TechKits (laptops, software, gear accessories, etc).
The Business Office team provides excellent customer service to students and supports them on payment, outstanding balance, and billing-related questions. In support of students, the department also works with various departments within the School to facilitate coordination and provide clarification to student inquiries related to their ledger balance.
CALL CASHIER'S OFFICE
Your Career Advisors will provide assistance and resources that will support Students and Alumni as they navigate the challenging path to creating and sustaining a successful career.
FWS program is a federally funded part-time employment program used to assist students in meeting their financial obligations to LAFS and to encourage community-service involvement.
Both LAFS and LARS Equipment Rooms provide assistance and resources that will support Students and Faculty with whatever needs they have in regards to studio bookings and equipment rentals.
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The LAFS Library may be used as a location site to film for Students and Faculty. Providing prior notification, detailed plans, and agreeing to the policies of the Library, Library Staff will be able to help facilitate your next production project!
Please read the Guide (below) regarding the Library Filming Policies prior to sending out an email to the Library Director and filling out the LAFS Film Permit form.
Items lost in the LAFS Library may be reclaimed at the Circulation Desk in the Library.
Items lost valued at more than $50 or items contating personal information, are collected by Campus Security each week. These items include:
To inquire about your item, check first a the Circulation Desk (323) 769 - 2705 or email library staff email@example.com, then contact Campus Security.
Other unclaimed items (such as water bottles, USBs, pens, notebooks, shoes, umbrellas, etc) are removed to campus recycling after 30-days.
The Data and Patron Usage Policy at LAFS Library governs the handling, protection, and usage of patron data and outlines the rights and responsibilities of patrons in utilizing library services.
1. Collection and Use of Patron Data:
2. Confidentiality and Privacy: