Subject librarians partner with academic departments at Sage in order to support faculty teaching and research. Contact subject librarians to schedule library instruction sessions, request purchase of materials for the collection, or for other help in supporting the curriculum.
Faculty members are encouraged to schedule library instruction sessions to support students’ use of the library and its resources. Instruction sessions can be scheduled at any time during the semester, but are most effective when they coincide with a research assignment.
A subject librarian will work with you to define your class’s research needs and develop a library instruction module tailored specifically for your course. Library instruction sessions typically encompass an entire class period (or more than one class period) and can be offered in the library, in a computer lab (if available), or in your own classroom.
Topics may include:
- Identification of scholarly resources
- Searching for books and materials in the online catalog (including interlibrary loan)
- Using library research databases (this can be subject-specific)
- Using reference sources
- Avoiding plagiarism
- Evaluating sources
- Searching for and evaluating web resources
- Using RefWorks
A variety of research guides are available on the libraries’ web site. Subject guides offer an overview of resources available in specific disciplines, while tutorials and handouts show step-by-step processes for using Sage Library resources. Subject librarians can also develop custom research guides to meet the needs of a specific class.
Faculty members may request a specialized tour in which students would learn the general layout of the library and the locations of materials relevant to their discipline.
Faculty may place required or recommended class materials, including articles, books, book chapters, exams, and videos, on reserve in the library. These materials are available to students for a brief loan period.
To submit a reserve request, please submit a completed reserve form and bring reserve material to the library circulation desk. Forms are also available at the desk. Students will be able to search the library catalog for reserve material kept in the library.
The library follows copyright guidelines when placing material on reserve for faculty.
For additional information please refer to Copyright and Fair Use: Frequently Asked Questions.
An alternative to placing journal articles on reserve in the library is to embed persistent links to electronic content in your Moodle class. Click here to find out more about persistent linking.
All members of the Sage community have access to the RefWorks citation manager through the Libraries’ web site. RefWorks supports the research process by providing a cloud-based solution for storing, organizing, sharing, and citing sources. For more information, visit the RefWorks subject guide.
Faculty may reserve rooms in both libraries for one-time classes, presentations and meetings. We are unable to reserve rooms for ongoing classes. To reserve a room, stop by the front desk or call (518) 244-4546 in Troy and (518) 292-1722 in Albany, or use our online room reservation form.
In Troy, Faculty may reserve classroom 201, basement computer lab B01 and the poetry room (204).
In Albany, faculty may reserve the basement computer lab and the media room.
Faculty may borrow materials from the Sage Troy or Albany Library collections for up to one semester. In addition, faculty may make use of all databases, e-books and e-resources from on- or off-campus. For more on our borrowing privileges, please see Borrowing Policies.
Faculty members are encouraged to contact their department’s subject librarian to request new materials that support the curriculum and faculty research.
For access to materials on the opposite Sage Library campus, use the “Place a Hold” Function in Libraries’ Catalog. Requests are typically filled by the next business day. You will receive an email once requested materials are available to be picked up at the library you designated when placing the hold.
For access to materials outside the Sage Libraries’ collection, library users may place an InterLibrary Loan request to borrow specific items, or apply for a DAP card for direct access to other libraries in the capital region.