About

The DACC Library Learning and Technology Division provides two full library locations at the East Mesa and the Espina Campuses for our College and Doña Ana County community users. We also have library offices with limited hours at the Gadsden and Sunland Park Campuses.

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Library Staff

East Mesa Library Staff
 
DACC Library
East Mesa DAAR Rm 203
575-528-7260 library@dacc.nmsu.edu
Terese DeSimio Interim Director and Web Services Librarian 575-528-7355 tdesimio@dacc.nmsu.edu
Jessica Batrez Administrative Assistant 575-527-7069 jbatrez@dacc.nmsu.edu
Vita Montano East Mesa Library Manager 575-528-7262 vmontano@dacc.nmsu.edu
Jose Aranda Instructional Librarian 575-528-7261 jaranda@dacc.nmsu.edu
Espina Library Staff
DACC Library
Espina DALR Rm 260
575-527-7555 library@dacc.nmsu.edu
Becky Ponce Espina Library Manager 575-528-7246 rponce@dacc.nmsu.edu
Kathleen DeBoy Cataloger 575-528-7202 kdeboy@dacc.nmsu.edu
Susan Bontly Instructional Librarian 575-527-7556 sbontly@dacc.nmsu.edu
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Library Policies

We have developed these policies to maintain a cooperative environment and ensure fair usage of the library and its resources for all of our users. Please click on the names below to read the policies. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

Note: These policies are provided for when the campus libraries are open. The physical libraries are currently closed due to the pandemic. But we are still providing remote and online services Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Contact us via Ask Us! to chat, email, or phone or visit our FAQs for more information.

Cell phone use should be limited in the library. We encourage responsible and courteous use of cell phones while completing tasks while in the library.  Be mindful of noise levels near study areas and/or study times.

Patrons not following these guidelines may be asked to leave or step outside the library to continue phone conversation.

We encourage families to use our resources, especially the materials by the circulation desk. However, the library is a public building and staff cannot assume responsibility or supervision for children using our facility. This policy has been established to provide a safe and positive environment for children who use the library.

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be left unattended in the library.  A responsible adult (16 years of age and up) should always accompany children
  • Parents or guardians must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library
  • Parents will be asked to remove children from the library who exhibit disruptive behavior (running, loud outbursts, crying, etc)
  • They are also responsible for any damage to property done by the child
  • Priority for computers is based on academic needs; children may be asked to move at times of high demand
  • Children will not be allowed to use a computer without parental supervision

When an unattended child is found in the library, we will attempt to contact the parent or guardian. If we are not able to locate a responsible person, we will contact campus police to assume responsibility for the child.

Doña Ana Community College and NMSU students, faculty & staff as well as community users may checkout material.

Borrowers must present student or picture ID and be in good standing to checkout material; this means no outstanding fees or overdue items.

UG, Crimson, Grad, Faculty & Staff:  May checkout 25 items (5 per subject), 3 DVDs & 2 journals

Guest: May checkout 3 items total, any combination  

Checkout periods and renewals

  • UG and Guest:  Books checkout for 3 weeks; 2 renewals for UG, 1 renewal for Guest. DVDs and journals checkout for 1 week; 1 renewal.
  • Faculty, Staff, Grad and Crimson:  Books checkout for the semester; 2 renewals. DVDs and journals checkout for 1 week, 1 renewal. Faculty may checkout reference material for 2-day use only.
  • Items may be renewed in person, over the phone or online. Long overdue items or items on hold may not be renewed. 

Loss of checkout privileges

If an item is not returned on time, checkout privileges will be suspended. In addition a replacement fee will be billed for each item.

All borrowers are responsible for returning or renewing their materials on time and in good condition. Borrowers will be held liable for any applicable replacement costs and/or fees for materials lost, not returned, or damaged.

These policies may be adjusted based on Librarian’s discretion. If you have any questions on our policies please feel free to discuss them with a staff member.

The purpose of the Collection Development Policy is to establish some guidelines for the library’s collections.

These policies will be reviewed every two years or as needed.

Date of last update: May 13, 2021.

Library Mission Statement:

DACC Library upholds the mission of the college by providing excellent educational and research resources and expert service for a diverse community of learners in support of academic interests, workforce development, economic growth, and lifelong learning.

Community Profile:

DACC Student Demographic Profile:

2019-2020:

  • 58% female
  • 42% male
  • 74% Hispanic
  • Average age is 23.7 years.
  • Median age is 20.0 years.
  • 60% of new full-time students received a Pell grant.
  • 31% of new full-time students are first generation in their family to attend college.

Doña Ana County Census Data

Selection responsibilities:

  • Librarians and other library staff
  • The responsibility for the selection of materials for the library is shared by the faculty and the professional librarians. Each of the professional librarians acts as a liaison between the library and an academic division. Although the librarians are primarily responsible for selecting, supporting, and maintaining the collection and resources, these responsibilities are shared with faculty and other relevant members of the college community.

Materials budget and apportionment of funds

The Director of the Library, as chief collection development librarian, apportions the materials budget among books, periodicals, serials, standing orders, electronic resources, media, and reference.

While no formula is used to allocate funds by department or discipline, the allocation of funds by discipline is roughly based upon these factors:

  • The number of students enrolled in a program
  • Size and adequacy of the library’s current collection and resources
  • Actual use of library materials
  • Cost of materials
  • Research orientation/needs of the discipline
  • Distance learning requirements
  • Accreditation requirements

Selection criteria:

All resources that become a part of the library’s collection are selected to serve the research and curricula needs of DACC. Every effort will be made to keep the collection up to date in accordance to the specific requirements of all programs at DACC. For the Espina and East Mesa campuses, each will house the specific print collections for the programs that are specific to each campus.

The library will provide a variety of print, electronic, and audiovisual materials. Materials will be selected according to the following principles:

  • Currency, relevance, scope & breadth, authenticity, authority, and cost
  • Educational suitability for development of the subject
  • Presentation that is well-researched and thoughtful
  • Financial and space constraints of the library
  • Timeliness and enduring value
  • Competence and reputation of authors
  • Thoughtful presentation of all sides of controversial issues
  • Durability of print materials intended for library circulation

Priority will be given to these:

  • Materials that enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the students served.
  • Materials that afford a range of research opportunities from elementary to advanced.
  • Materials that encourage personal and intellectual growth, accommodate diverse viewpoints, and represent a range of religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage.
  • Materials that present a variety of views on controversial issues so that students may develop the practice of critical reading and thinking.

Types of physical materials included in the DACC Library collection:

  • Circulating materials:
    These are materials that are typically available for check-out, such as books and audiovisual media.
  • Reference collection:
    These are materials made for the immediate use inside the library and are not meant to be checked out.
  • Course Reserves:
    These are materials kept in the library for in-house or limited checkout use only. The parameters of the length of time, etc. will be set by each individual instructor or department.
  • Fiction, Children’s, and Literature:
    These are collected to support campus departments and programs. Some library databases include this content.
  • Academic and professional journals, popular magazines, and newspapers:
    These are available in either print or electronic formats and are meant to support DACC academic programs and patron interests.

Policies by format and category of materials:

  • Books:
    An emphasis on acquiring new or current titles is made, although significant retrospective titles may be acquired if they reflect the curriculum.
  • Textbooks:
    The library does not routinely acquire textbooks. The library offers textbooks that are provided by instructors for Course Reserves, and occasionally acquires textbooks for Course Reserves as needed.
  • Reference works:
    Unless specifically requested by departments, electronic formats of reference materials will be preferred because of their wider accessibility and flexibility.
  • Media:
    DVDs are currently the only media the library actively collects, but special requests by instructors or departments will be considered.
  • Serials & periodicals:
    The library will continue to collect and maintain the traditional serials that support DACC programs. All new requests by departments will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Electronic resources:
    The Library will continue to prioritize accessibility and this typically means that preference is given to electronic formats.
  • Foreign and/or non-English language materials:
    The Library will only consider those non-English print materials that directly support courses and instruction at DACC. The library subscribes to a variety of electronic
    books and specialized databases that provide support in this area.
  • English as a second language:
    The library subscribes to a variety of electronic books and specialized databases that provide support in this area.
  • Other materials:
    The library will consider these on an individual basis.

Resource Sharing:

The DACC Library participates in several reciprocal borrowing programs and is able to request books and articles from outside of our system for free for DACC Library patrons.

Recommendations for purchase and request form:

https://dacc.nmsu.edu/library/request-library-item-form/

Withdrawal of materials:

The elimination of older or outdated content from the collection is an essential part of the process of maintaining a vibrant and relevant library collection. The library director will rely on close communication with faculty to ensure that outdated materials are replaced on a regular basis, especially in the Sciences and Health Sciences subject areas to meet departmental accreditation guidelines. In general, the following materials may be withdrawn from the collection and discarded or exchanged:

  • Obsolete materials: Information that has become outdated and could be misleading, e.g., encyclopedias, directories, travel, Geography, Science, Computer Science, Technology, Health Sciences, and Careers
  • Materials acquired in support of a program no longer offered by DACC
  • Superfluous duplicates
  • Badly worn or defaced volumes for which there are suitable replacements
  • Materials reported lost and not recovered within two years will be marked withdrawn in the inventory records

Gifts:

DACC Library may accept some donations on a case-by-case basis. Acceptance of gifts does not a mean that they will be added to the collection and their final disposition will be at the library’s discretion. Materials donated or bequeathed to the library shall be evaluated and accepted according to the same criteria as purchased materials. All gifts will become the property of the library and will be subject to the library’s rules of distribution, housing, withdrawal, and disposal.

Factors affecting retention of gifts include endorsement by professional associations, positive evaluations in professional journals, or if requested by faculty or staff.

What is not collected:

  • Any items not tied specifically to a DACC program and/or deemed not essential for the collection
  • Specific textbooks unless they are provided by instructors for the specific use of course reserves

The library will provide a donation receipt, but will not place a value on the donation.

Censorship:

The library recognizes that there are items within the library that may be considered controversial and offend some persons. However, selections for this library will not be made on the basis of anticipated approval or disapproval, but solely on the merits of the materials in relation to the building of the collection and to serving the interests of the readers.

Copyright Guide:

https://dabcc.nmsu.libguides.com/copyright

The DACC Library supports and endorses the following American Library Association policies:

Library information:

A majority of the library computers are intended for the use of currently enrolled students and current NMSU/DACC faculty and staff. Our computers require NMSU credentials to login. If there is a question regarding status of a person using these computers, we will use the designation identified in Alma, our Library Management System, to verify the person is authorized.

We also have a few community computers available for Adult Education and Community Guest users. Before accessing these computers, users must sign in on the computer log sheet located at the Circulation Desk.

Priority is given to our students for class assignments and research. In order to insure that all members of the DACC community have appropriate access to library computers when needed, we may limit the non-academic, recreational or personal usage of computers. In times of high volume, DACC students, faculty, or staff may need to access to the computers identified for community use.  If this happens, we will ask users who have been using these computers for the longest time, based on the sign in sheet, to sign off.

We reserve the right to prohibit computer access to materials that might be deemed offensive according to generally accepted community standards, such as websites promoting pornography or violence. Computers may not be used for any illegal or unethical purposes and users must obey all stated copyright law and licensing agreements. Patrons who violate these policies twice will be banned from DACC Libraries.

We have computer workstations that comply with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards and are available for those needing special accommodations. Others may use these computers, but first priority is given to persons with disabilities. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by adults, and cannot be left alone on our computers.

Print management software is installed on our computers. Please limit printing to 25 pages or less per computer session. The system does not allow for duplicates or multiple copies. Documents may be paused for printing; for release, check with front desk staff.

There are times when an item that is needed is not part of the DACC collection; we offer two services to borrow items from either the NMSU system of libraries or outside institutions:

  • Request It! – within NMSU system
  • Interlibrary Loan – outside library institutions within U.S.

These services are offered to the DACC community and the people of Dona Ana County.  Patrons must be in good standing to submit requests; this means no outstanding fees or overdue items.  The following information is necessary to process the request: name, telephone number/email, and social security/Banner ID.

To submit a request you can either fill out a form at the library front desk, or you can fill out our Request Library Item form

What may be borrowed

  • Books, specific articles from periodicals, video/dvd, thesis/dissertations. 

There is a limit to how many items a patron can request at one time – for our library the maximum is 5 items – this ensures items are returned to the lending library in a timely manner.  There is no guarantee that a requested item will be available for lending, this depends on the lending library policies and procedures. 

What may not be borrowed

  • Reference or non-circulating items(s) may not be borrowed. 

Waiting times for material

Interlibrary Loan (outside institutions) requests usually take 2-3 weeks for processing and receiving.  Patrons will be notified when the item has arrived.  Turnaround times for materials requested from Request It! (within the NMSU library system):

  • Alamogordo 3-4 days
  • East Mesa or Espina 1-2 days
  • Las Cruces Public Schools 1 week
  • Main Campus – Branson & Zuhl 1-2 days
  • Thomas Branigan Memorial Library 3-4 days

 Cost

DACC does not charge a fee for the processing of requests, but the lending library may have a charging policy that is paid for by the patron.  In that case we will obtain consent before the charges are accepted. 

Returns

Interlibrary Loans must be returned to DACC.  Request It! items may be returned at any of the following campus libraries:  Branson, Zuhl, East Mesa or DACC.

Renewals, Overdue, Lost or Damaged Items

Checkout limits and renewals are determined by lending library.  The general length of borrowing time is three weeks.  Renewals must be requested at least three days before the item is due.

Please keep in mind if fines are accumulated for overdue material these will be paid for by the patron.  To avoid these fines please return material by due date.  Patrons will be charged for items they damage or lose as assessed by the lending library.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or other reproductions for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Information and Renewal Requests

575-528-7262 (East Mesa)
575-528-7246 (Espina)
dacccirc@nmsu.edu

Placing materials on Reserve   
Faculty may place materials on reserve for the use of students enrolled in their classes.  Materials on reserve are shelved behind the circulation desk and are usually limited to 2 hours in library loans.  Items from the library collection as well as personal materials such as course handouts, lecture notes, journal articles, or sample exams may be designated for reserve.

To put personal copies on reserve, please bring the item to the library and fill out a Reserve Form.  At the beginning of each semester items may take up to 1 week to be processed, so please bring your items as soon as possible.  We will make every effort to ensure the best possible security for reserve material, but cannot assume responsibility for lost or damaged items.

Disclaimer:  A barcode and stamp will be placed on instructor owned items, if this poses a problem, let us know prior to processing.

To put library copies on reserve, please contact the library and indicate the title and call number of the item.  Materials can only be placed on reserve in their respective locations. An item not owned by the library may be submitted for purchase, please fill out the following Request Library Item form.

Loan periods available
Two hours only:  Does not go out overnight: loan period two hours.  If checked out less than two hours before closing, item is due at closing.
1 Day Loan:  May leave the library, due back in one day.  (On Saturdays, the item is due on Monday).
3 Day Loan:  May leave the library, due back in three days.
7 Day Loan: May leave the library, due back in seven days.

Duration and return of materials
Materials kept on Reserve for the academic year (Fall/Spring, unless indicated otherwise) and then will be removed.  Personal materials should be picked up at the end of the Spring semester.  Material not picked up the week after finals will be returned to instructors through interoffice mail.  If you would like to donate your material to the library, please note it on the form.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or other reproductions for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Questions
Please call 575-528-7262 (East Mesa) or 575-528-7246 (Espina) 

Information for Students
Reserve materials are materials that instructors have allowed us to keep here in the Library for your use, such as textbooks, lab books, study guides, and notes.  This is a great service to keep in mind as it might save you from purchasing textbooks and materials for your classes, which can become very expensive.  Because of the high demand for these materials, most of them can only be used in the library.

Finding Reserve Items
Reserve items are listed in the library catalog under Course Reserves and may be searched by Instructor, Department (Program), and Course.
The search results will list items on reserve for all campus locations (NMSU, Dona Ana, East Mesa, etc.)  Items for Dona Ana and East Mesa will be shelved at the Circulation/Front Desk.
Please ask for assistance if you are having trouble locating reserve books.

Loan Periods
Most reserves are in library use only.  Other loan periods include 1 day, 3 day, and 1 week.
Media reserve materials (videos, DVDs) are generally library use only and can be used in the library viewing rooms (Central).

Fines
Reserve fines are set to motivate borrowers to return material on times for use by other patrons.  These apply all days and hours, even if the library is closed.
Fines for overnight reserve material accrue at a rate of $1 per item, per hour.  Please note that all overnight reserve are checked out for 24-hour periods exactly and fines begin to accrue immediately following that period.  If the item is 2 weeks overdue, a replacement and processing fee (min. $10) is added, a bill for replacement is produced during the next scheduled printing of bills.
Unpaid library fines may result in the blocking of registration, graduation, and transcripts or loss of borrowing privileges.

Returning
All reserve books must be returned to the Circulation Desk/Front Desk, fines may accrue if materials are placed in the outside book drop when the library is open.
Please do not re-shelve reserve materials.

Renewals
Reserve books may not be renewed.
Exceptions:  TEAS study guide – one week renewal allowed.
Reserve books are in high demand and may not be held or reserved for an individual student.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.  Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or other reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.”  If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or other reproductions for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.  This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Questions
Please call 575-528-7262 (East Mesa) or 575-528-7246 (Espina) 

The library provides equipment for faculty and staff to use in the classroom or special events.  This equipment includes projectors, speakers, screens, laptop computers, TV/DVD TV/Blu-ray.  There are also various audio setups we can do for you.  To request equipment you can either fill out a form at the library circulation desk, or you can fill out our Reserve AV Equipment form.  We’ll contact you to let you know if we can fulfill your request.  We do not deliver unless there are special circumstances.

Equipment request rules:

  1. Must be staff or faculty to checkout equipment.
  2. Must show ID and give contact information.  (Full and Part-Time Faculty/Staff)
  3. Two days advance notice must be given prior to reserving equipment.
  4. Equipment must be returned on time.
  5. Equipment must never be left unattended or outside of the library media center.
  6. If equipment cannot be returned during normal library hours, it is the requestor’s responsibility to secure the equipment in a locked office (not a classroom).
  7. If equipment is lost, stolen, or damaged the requestor’s department will be held responsible.
  8. Prior arrangements must be discussed with the library staff, if equipment is needed longer than a week.
  9. Prior arrangements must be discussed with the library staff, if training is needed.
  10. The delivery, setup, and breakdown of equipment will be done for the following only:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Assistant to the Vice President
    • Campus Financial Officer (CFO)
    • Campus Student Serviced Officer (CSSO)
    • Campus Institutional Effectiveness & Planning Officer (CIEPO)
    • Division Deans

We service major campus events, conference rooms and special needs.

Smoking is prohibited in the library. This includes e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

These policies may be adjusted based on professional staff’s discretion.

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Library Mission

DACC Library upholds the mission of the college by providing excellent educational and research resources and expert service for a diverse community of learners in support of academic interests, workforce development, economic growth, and lifelong learning.

Library Staff Only