The LAFS Library strives to collaborate as an educational partner with all faculty members. Our main goal is to support the range of courses and curriculums with print and digital resources. Faculty have access to library resources and should encourage students to utilize the resources to extend their knowledge of subjects taught in the classroom.
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The mission of The Los Angeles Film School Library is to provide direct support for the educational mission of the school, by selecting and organizing current and relevant books, media, and digital resources; to assist students and faculty in locating and retrieving information effectively and to assist in the educational development of students.
Los Angeles Film School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Colleges and Schools. Accreditation standards state “Use of the learning resource system materials must be integrated into a school’s curriculum and program requirements as a mechanism to enhance the educational process and to facilitate positive learning outcomes for students”
Undergraduate Standards: At least one assignment or activity must include a resource from the library.
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LAFS Faculty may borrow up to 10 circulating materials for a period of up to 6 months, depending on when the items were checked out and if students are requesting it. Other collections may have other loan restrictions. Faculty may renew items once, for an additional 6 months loan. Faculty are encouraged to return materials that they no longer need, so that others may have access to them.
Faculty have the responsibility to repond promptly to recall notices. When a hold is placed on a book borrowed by a faculty member, Circulation staff create a recall and reset the due date of the item. If the faculty member has had the item for less than two weeks, the due date is reset to two weeks from the date of loan; otherwise the due date is reset to the date of the recall.
Faculty leaving the employment of LAFS are expected to return all Library materials. Part-time faculty who are not employed for the current term must return all borrowed items.
Have a video recommendation for the Library? Submit your request for both streaming and physical (DVD, Blu-ray) video requests by using the Video Request Form.
What are PPR?
Public Performance Rights (PPR) are the legal rights to publicly show a film. While copyright law makes an exception for showing films in the classroom, showing them for a public audience, with or without an admission charge, may be a violation of copyright.
When are PPR needed?
PPR are required for:
Do the films in the LAFS Library include PPR?
Films on the Swank Digital Campus account, should have PPR included. If there is a film title you are interested in finding out if the library’s copy has PPR, you may contact the Director of Library Services.
LAFS Faculty may place physical videos on reserve in the library's course reserves area. For more information see the Course Reserves section.
Q: Can I show a DVD in class that I borrowed from the Library?
A: Yes, as long as the intention is to create a lesson or assignment based on the video! Section 110(1) of US Copyright law grants a specific exemption only to non-profit organizations for the showing of a movie by instructors within a face-to-face class. If online instruction, then the digital video license needs to be purchased for that specific title.
Q: Can I show my class a film via my personal streaming account (i.e. Netflix, Amazon)?
A: It depends - this may be a violation of your contract with the content provider. Services such as these are often restricted to personal and non-commercial use only, so double-check your license agreement before proceeding.
Q: I'm teaching an online-only course, how can I show a film for my class?
A: Submit a Video Request/Reserve Form to see if the library may purchase a streaming license. We have films available through, Swank Digital Campus, Kanopy.
Q: Can the library transfer a VHS to a DVD to streaming for me?
A: No. Copyright law doesn't allow the transfer of formats without the permission of the copyright holder, and the library does not offer reformatting services.
Q: There's a YouTube video I want my students to watch, can I post a link to it in LMS?
A: It is recommended that you verify the content has been uploaded to YouTube legally before doing so. This can be done by looking for rights and license statements accompanying the video, or by examining the YouTube user’s profile. While it’s easy to find content on YouTube, it is important to note that some may have been uploaded without the copyright owner's consent - and these can be taken down without notice.
Faculty can place materials on a course reserve for their students. Placing Materials on course reserve is a good way to make sure important course materials are available to all students in the class. Textbooks on reserve allow students to keep up in class while they wait for financial aid, the arrival of books ordered online ,or for the distribution center to replenish stock.
Please submit your course reserves request two weeks before classes begin to allow sufficient time to process materials, and to purchase titles not owned by the library. To submit a request, please use our online Course Reserve Request Form.
Reserve items can go out on one of the following three loan periods:
For larger classes, we encourage instructors to utilize the 2-hour loan period, as it maximizes the number of students who will be able to gain access to the material. If an item is requests for more than one course reserves list, it will automatically be listed under the shorter loan rule requested.
Items commonly placed on Reserves at the Circulation/Reserves desk include, but are not limited to:
The library accepts personal copies of books and other materials for reserves. Instructors are cautioned to make this decision with care as items may be lost or damaged by borrowers. The reserves staff will use tape on the spine and front of the book in order to label it for library lending. Unless requested to be placed on permanent reserve, personal items will be returned through campus mail at the end of the term.
Items can be placed on permanent reserve as long as they are on reserve for a course that is taught 2 or more times per academic year. Library staff will review this collection every 2-3 years to ensure that it is current and still being used.
As long as the Library owns access to an e-book, it can be added to a Course Reserves list. Putting an e-book on a reserve list does not limit the check out period of the digital title (as with physical copies on reserve), but allows students of that class a simple and straightforward method of finding the title.
If you are planning to use a library-owned e-book for any of your classes, let us know. We can work together to ensure that the borrowing options will be suitable for your class size.
The purpose of library research assignments is to develop skills in information competency (IC). IC skills are essential to developing mastery within all disciplines.
Consult with librarian before finalizing the assignment
The librarian can help you design an assignment to make us of appropriate resources to meet the assignments' objectives and help you develop grading criteria for research components. The librarian may suggest a class presentation to prepare students to use specific resources.
Assume minimal library research knowledge
Few students will know what's available to them or how to effectively search for information and evaluate what they find. Consider assigning an online library workshop which will prepare them for using the research databases, web search tools, evaluating information, and proper citation format.
Be explicit and clear with assignment
Give students a clear idea in writing of what the assignment involves, suggesting types of sources to be used and not used. If specific titles are required, check with a librarian to ensure availability and correct bibliographic information.
Allow a variety of topics or resources
Provide students with a range of topics or resources to help distribute access across more materials. Ex.) One literature professor suggests a list of 10 journals for students to choose from for an essay assignment.
Emphasize respect for libray materials
Ensure that students are aware that library mateirals and electronic resources are common goods and must be share by many people.
Refer students to the library
Let students know that library staff are available and want to help them success with their assignments. Library is available to assist all students studying all hope hours of the library as well as online via Facebook chat.
Plagiarism is " the unauthorized use of the written language and thought of another author without proper quoting or citing and representing him/her as one’s own." Whether intentional or unintentional, student plagiarism can evoke discipline such as verbal or written warnings or reprimands, failing assignment grades, failing test grades, or failing class grades, or disciplinary probation.”
Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism
Unintentional plagiarism often occurs when a student does not have a solid understanding of what citations are for and how to use them. LAFS library provides tools and services to address this issue:
The online catalog permits you to see what materials are owned by the library and whether they are currently in the library or checked out. It also allows you to place holds on materials that are checked out (this service is free for faculty and staff). The catalog is available on the Library website.
We are happy to provide instruction on using library resources to your students. We can:
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