Faculty Services

Faculty Services

Instructional Support | Research Support | Collection Development



Library Instruction

Information literacy training for undergraduate and graduate students is available by contacting Leslie Todd, the Information Literacy Coordinator (210-829-3841).  She works collaboratively with faculty to teach students how to use library resources effectively. Services include:

  • Providing in-class instruction.
  • Conducting one-on-one sessions to introduce you to the library’s resources.
  • Helping you design assignments that engage students in library research rather than Internet research.
  • The Graduate Research Librarian is also available for in-class instruction for graduate students.
  • Workshops are scheduled each term that are open to both students and faculty. Look for the Library Events link on the library’s homepage.

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians specialize in academic areas. They order books suitable for their discipline areas and accept book recommendations from faculty, and they keep faculty informed of new services and materials that are of potential interest. Subject librarians can prepare bibliographies of material supporting a particular course or create research guides for your classes. They can also assist you with automatic alert services in our electronic resources that will keep you up-to-date. To contact your subject librarian, see Subject Librarians Contact Information.

Course Reserves

Course reserves provide access to course readings and materials for the educational programs at UIW. Faculty may place print materials for use in a specific course on reserve at the Circulation Desk, where students may request them. Reserve materials may include books, book chapters, textbooks, journal articles, maps, old exams, professor's notes and homework solutions necessary for course work. For complete information on course reserves, including copyright compliance, see Course Reserves Policy and Course Reserves Procedure or contact Kathy Mulligan, Evening Circulation Supervisor, at 210-805-5896 for details.


Tours last about 20 minutes and include a detailed overview of library services as well as facilities. A traditional tour consists of visits to all service points in the building (Circulation, Reference, IT Help Desk and the Media Center Desk), visits to group, individual and quiet study areas as well as special collection areas. 

Requestors can tailor tours to include special emphasis on a certain section of the library, i.e. the Frost Collection, the Juvenile Collection, etc.  


Orientations are usually in the form of a presentation and can be conducted in the library (if there is a meeting room available) or in your classroom. Orientations usually include an overview of library services and resources, specifics about service points, contact information, library hours and particulars for on and off-campus access to library resources.

To schedule a tour or to invite library staff to an orientation, please contact the Library’s Reference Desk at (210)829-3835 or

Please allow at least 5 days advance notice.




PRIMOSearch is a search and discovery tool that identifies both local and remote resources (books, audiovisuals materials, articles and more). It presents search results in a relevancy-ranked list. Begin searching on our homepage using the single search box titled ALL and refine results with the advanced search feature. While some databases and e-journals provide full-text, others include only the citation information, giving you what is needed to make an interlibrary loan (ILLiad) request.

Circulation Policies for Faculty

  • Faculty may borrow books for a full semester or summer term. See Circulation Policies for more information.     
  • Audiovisual material borrowing is limited to seven days, three items at a time (multi-part titles are counted separately).
  • Faculty may designate proxy borrowers (student assistants) to check out library materials on their behalf by completing a Proxy Borrowing Form

 Research Consultations

  • Request a research consultation with one of our subject librarians to help identify additional sources of information (including grey literature), develop search strategies, set up search alerts, manage your bibliographic content, etc.
  • Also take advantage of the citation search service we provide to determine who has cited your published works and/or allow us to provide you with a list of the top journals in your discipline. 
  • The library supports several other services that can enhance and provide support to your role as a faculty member, please contact us so that we can meet with you to discuss what role we can play in your success as a faculty member and a researcher.
  • Librarians can also assist faculty in their program review or accreditation efforts by providing information regarding the resources available in the library in their specific subject area.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

  • Interlibrary Loan requests are placed using ILLiad software, which is available to all faculty. You must register for the service using your UIW email login and password. Once registered, request items with the complete citation and we will do the leg work to find the resources that you need. For more information about interlibrary loan, see Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Policies.
  • TexShare Cards - Faculty may obtain a TexShare card from the Reference Desk. The TexShare card, along with your UIW ID, allows you to borrow books from other Texas libraries (public and academic). TexShare differs from interlibrary loan in that with TexShare, the borrower is responsible for returning the materials directly to the lending library. TexShare cards must be renewed each semester. Learn more about the program at TexShare Card Program.

Faculty Research Commons:

Room 205 on the second floor of the Mabee Library has been set up as a quiet work area for faculty. The room has four work areas, two with computers that have M.S. Office, Adobe Creative Suite, SPSS and NVivo software installed. Room keys are available at the Circulation Desk.

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool used to create and manage research bibliographies and citations. It offers more than 400 formatting styles, including many specific styles required by journals for publication of your research. You may add citations manually or import them from UIW-owned resources or from Google Scholar. Content may be shared with others who have RefWorks accounts. Accounts must be created on campus with a UIW email address, but once your account is created, you may access the content from anywhere with an Internet connection. You may not save articles to RefWorks, but there is unlimited space for citations and abstracts. To learn more, consult the RefWorks LibGuide. Look for the RefWorks link on the library’s homepage.

Copying in the Library:  As a courtesy, a copy card is kept at the Reference Desk for faculty use. This card is for making a small number of copies for research; it is not for making multiple copies for classroom distribution.




Faculty are encouraged to submit requests for books, journals, AV materials and databases. Please contact your department’s Subject Librarian to recommend materials for library purchase.