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Summer Hours

Summer hours are in effect Saturday, May 24 to August 19. Regular fall semester hours begin August 20.

Sun: Closed

Mon: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Tues: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Wed: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Thurs: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Fri: 8:00am – 12:00 noon

Sat: Closed

Exceptions:

Reduced Hours: Thursday, June 19 (12p-5p)

Closed: Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day)

Closed: Friday, July 4

Services to Faculty

There is little question the Faculty bear the primary responsibility for instruction at BBC. However, the Library is a partner in the educational process as well. This is not only true of academic learning but also of character formation. Principles shared in classroom, church, and chapel are reinforced by the Library as it encourages students to develop methodical study habits, respect for other members of the campus, and personal accountability. It follows logically that the Library and the Faculty are interdependent. They cannot fulfill their mission apart from mutual cooperation, for their mission is shared. Communication and cooperation are the keys to their mutual success.

Book Acquisitions

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

Building an academic library’s collection is a cooperative process involving staff, faculty, and students. The Library's collection development policy states:It shall be the responsibility of the faculty of each academic department to recommend to the library the purchase of materials for their respective subject areas and for general curriculum support.The librarian is in the best position to observe the quality and balance of all subject areas. Therefore, the librarian is ultimately responsible for the overall quality and balance of the total collection. The librarian will have final approval authority for materials purchased. Further, he will select and purchase additional materials in areas to support interdisciplinary and reference holdings.

To facilitate this relationship, the Library maintains regular communication with faculty regarding book acquisitions. At the beginning of each fiscal year, the chair of each academic department is informed of his or her department's spending limit. At the end of the year, a list of materials ordered for a department is sent to all department chairs. Lists of materials purchased on behalf of other departments and interdisciplinary areas are available to all faculty.

Through the course of the year, faculty may receive announcements about new materials added to the collection in their areas of interest. Updates concerning encumbered and available funds may be obtained at any time.

Circulation of Books & Materials

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

Circulation periods for Faculty are as follows:

  • Books in the BBC library: 90 days – renewal will be granted unless the books are on hold for another patron
  • Books from other libraries: as determined by the owning library or system defaults (usually 2 to 4 weeks) – renewal will be granted unless the books are on hold for another patron
  • Most Other materials: 14 days – renewal will be granted unless the books are on hold for another patron
Longer circulation periods may be arranged when needed with prior approval by the Director of Library Services. Short-term circulation of reference books and other non-circulating materials (e.g., microforms) may be arranged as well.

Information Services

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074
  • Torsten Rothman, Cataloging and Instruction Specialist, (417) 268-6078

The Public Services staff provides a variety of information / reference services to Faculty, including the following:

  • ready-reference (looking up the answer to a specific question)
  • bibliographic verification (finding the publication information for a source which is to be listed in a bibliography)
  • bibliographic research (compiling a brief one-page list of sources available on a specific subject)
  • research assistance (helping the professor, who will come to the library, to use catalogs, indexes, bibliographies, and other finding aids to locate desired information)

Reference questions may be submitted in person at the Circulation/Information Desk, by telephone (ext. 6075), via e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the bold chat virtual reference service (from the library’s home page). Service is provided with the goal of training the faculty member to become an independent researcher over time.

Reserve Collection

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

Faculty may request to have high-use materials placed on Reserve, where they can be tagged for either 3-day circulation, electronic, closed (for use in the library only), overnight, or permanent reserve. Placing materials on Reserve is particularly useful for large classes that must share materials over the course of a semester or smaller classes that must access the same materials in a short period of time. Reserve materials are returned to the General Collection at the end of each semester.

Bibliographic/Library Instruction

Contacts:

  • Ruth Bryant, Library Secretary/Serials Supervisor, (417) 268-6074
  • Torsten Rothman, Cataloging and Instruction Specialist, (417) 268-6078
  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

The Library assists in instruction in two specific ways:

  1. teaching class sessions regarding research, bibliographic formatting, and the intelligent use of information
  2. hosting classes that are carrying out research projects

Arrangements for either of these types of classroom support should be made in advance. Your presence is required.

InterLibrary Loan/Document Delivery

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

The Library is a member of OCLC, an international network of more than 45,000 libraries. Participating libraries have more than 41,000,000 distinct items in their collections. Faculty may submit requests for materials held by any other library in the network. It usually takes two to three weeks for delivery. While most items are obtained free of charge, some are not. The Library only charges the amount imposed by the provider library, if any, without exceeding a maximum cost specified by the faculty member.

MOBIUS Delivery

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

Use this catalog/service (http://searchmobius.org) to locate material in more than 60 academic libraries in Missouri. Requested items take 2-4 business days for delivery to the BBC library.

Periodical Subscriptions/Electronic Resources

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074
  • Ruth Bryant, Library Secretary/Serials Supervisor, (417) 268-6074

Faculty are invited to recommend periodical titles for subscription. New titles are carefully selected according to criteria listed in the Library's collection development policy:

  1. Importance of the recommended title to specialized and general curriculum requirements
  2. Number of journals currently received in the subject area
  3. Accuracy and objectivity of content
  4. Accessibility of content through indexes
  5. Cost of the subscription in relation to its use
  6. Recommendations found in professional publications such as The Christian Librarian

Library's Web Site

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

The library’s website is http://library.gobbc.edu. The front page will provide you with a link to the various services and resources.

Library's Online Catalog - SWAN

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

The URL (website address) of the library’s online catalog is: http://swan.searchmobius.org/search~S9. This is where you can also access your account to renew material online.

Feedback from Students

Contacts:

  • Jon Jones, Director of Library Services, (417) 268-6074

The Faculty member can play a valuable role in channeling student feedback regarding the adequacy of Library collections and services to appropriate personnel in the Library. This kind of communication is requested.