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Archbishop Alter Library
Mount St. Joseph University
5701 Delhi Road
Cincinnati, OH 45233

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Borrowing Materials from MSJ Library and Other Libraries

Current faculty and staff members with active AllCards may borrow items from the Library's collection or OhioLINK's Central Catalog. To search the Archbishop Alter Library's collection, use the FOCUS library catalog. To search and request items from other OhioLINK member libraries, use the OhioLINK Central Catalog. To request articles not found in the Library's electronic or print journal collections, complete the online Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request Form.
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Collection Development

Faculty members are encouraged to recommend new resources to the library for purchase. Professors who wish to request books, videos, journals, or other materials to add to the Library collection should fill out a Request Form for each title, or they may email requests to the Director of Library Services.
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Course Reserves

Books, videos, and CDs can be placed on Library Reserves. Complete a Course Reserves Request Form available online or at the Library’s Circulation Desk, and bring the items you want on Reserves to the Library’s Circulation Desk.  

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Library Instruction & Information Literacy

Mount Librarians offer a variety of instructional methods and can cover information literacy and research skills ranging from basic to more advanced skills. Instruction can take place in your classroom or with individual students by appointment.

To arrange library instruction for your class, complete the Library Instruction Request Form.

For more information, please contact:
Ruth Monnier,
Head of Research & Instructional Services
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Research Help

Current faculty and staff have full access to the Library's many online resources, as well as the numerous print resources found in our reference collection. To better assist patrons with any research need, library staff are available for face-to-face assistance. Research help is also available via email or phone consultation. Library staff welcome any questions you might have. Off-Campus Access to Library resources is available and requires a current AllCard.
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Teaching Resources/Curriculum Content Development

Librarians are available to consult with teaching faculty for assistance researching content specific to their classes. The format and content researched can range from open access digital videos to peer reviewed journal articles.

Scott Lloyd,  or 513-244-4347


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Use of Videos in Face-to-Face or Online Courses

 Faculty have a responsibility for helping to ensure MSJ remains in compliance with US Copyright Law. Faculty should partner with the library to make to make sure their use of films in their courses is in compliance with copyright law. Generally speaking, this means that use of films in face-to-face and online courses either needs to be covered by Fair Use, covered by a license, or covered by written permission from the copyright owner.

The MSJ Library has an account with Kanopy to purchase streaming licenses for certain documentary and feature films. The library can also purchase licenses from other vendors such as Films Media Group, Film Platform, Docuseek, and others. The library can also purchase streaming licenses for feature films from Swank Digital Campus and Criterion Pictures USA. Please contact Scott Lloyd ( if you would like to request the purchase of films for your courses.

If a film is distributed with a Creative Commons License, then you may use it in your course under the conditions of the license. In addition, there are many sources of free and legal streaming film content on the web. Faculty are encouraged to use this content if it meets their needs.

Use YouTube and other free online video providers carefully. YouTube and similar websites sometimes contain copies of videos that have been shared without proper copyright permission. Instructors should not link to illegally-copied films in their Blackboard courses. The best practice is to use only videos only from official channels where you know the uploader is the copyright owner.

If you have a Netflix account, some Netflix original educational documentaries are available for one-time screenings. More information about permitted use of these Netflix films can be found on their "Educational screenings of documentaries" Help Center page. 

The library also maintains a collection of DVDs that can be used in face-to-face courses. Search the MSJ Library catalog to see if a DVD you are looking for is available. Remember, a good rule of thumb for use of films in courses is to only show or share the exact amount of the film needed for your instructional or assignment objectives.

If an instructor wants to use a film in a course, and that film does not fall within one of the categories listed above, then the instructor may need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner. More information can be found in the "Copyright Rules for Showing Films in Higher Education: Showing Films in Class" guide from Youngstown State Library. If you need assistance in determining whether you have permission to use a film in your course, or you have other copyright questions, please contact Scott Lloyd ( for assistance.

Journal Alerts & Search Folders

Faculty can create personal accounts in the Electronic Journal Center and the various EBSCO databases (using myEBSCOhost Folder) listed on the Library's web site. With a personal account, instructors can set up email alerts for new articles, save searches, save citations and articles, and keep up-to-date with their favorite research journals. 
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Open Access Publishing

OhioLINK has negotiated deals with selected publishers that offer open access publishing at no cost to authors. Since the MSJ Library is an OhioLINK member, MSJ faculty can increase the availability of their research without paying any Article Publication Charges (APCs). 

OhioLINK has agreements with the following journal publishers. Click on the name of a publisher to view the terms of the agreement.