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RESEARCH AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT POLICY
The FCHS Learning Resource Centre supports an environment conducive to quiet study, research and group work. Students and other LRC patrons are encouraged to observe the following rules:
- Please observe silence inside the Library. Rowdy or destructive behavior is inappropriate and those exhibiting such behavior will be asked to leave.
- The mobile phones must be on a SILENT MODE and phone conversations should be conducted outside the LRC.
- Facilities are available for the utilization of electronic equipment, i.e., computers, etc. Please use earphones to keep the noise level low or use the mute key on the computer.
- Please use the LRC’s furniture appropriately. Keep feet off the furniture and do not rock back on the chair legs.
- Please help maintain a clean atmosphere and remove personal items, papers, water bottles and litter when leaving the library.
- Study space may not be reserved with unattended personal belongings. Unattended books, computers, etc. will be removed and relocated to Lost Property by LRC staff.
- No food or drinks are allowed in the LRC.
- Users that fail to observe these rules may be asked to leave the LRC. Those who repeatedly fail to observe these POLCIES will be referred to the Manager of the Students Services.
CIRCULATION OF MATERIALS
- FCHS borrowers’ card must be presented when borrowing LRC materials.
- Students may borrow a maximum of five (5) books for (1) one week and can be renewed if not on recall status.
- Loans of Videos, CDs and tapes are limited to 3 items (of each type) and can be borrowed for one week. These items are not renewable.
- Students are responsible for all materials checked out to their account. The LRC strongly advises against loaning items for other users. In the event of loss or a late return, you will be liable for the applicable fines.
- Faculties may borrow LRC materials for each academic semester.
- LRC materials on loan to faculty are subject to recall if another user requests for the item. You will be notified and given one week to return the item to the LRC. You can reclaim recalled items after two weeks.
- Loans of Videos, DVD’s, CDs and tapes are limited to 5 items (of each type) and can be borrowed for one week. These items cannot be renewed.
- Collections that are for in-library use only can be borrowed for one week after consultation with a librarian.
- Faculties may borrow selected journals, limited to 3 items for 3 days.
- Replacement fees will be assessed to lost items policy.
- Faculties are responsible for all materials checked out to their account. The LRC strongly advises against loaning items for other users. In the event of loss, you will be liable for the applicable replacement fee.
- Staff may borrow up to 3 items for 1 week and can be renewed if not on recall status.
- Loans of Videos, CDs and tapes are limited to 3 items (of each type) and can be borrowed for one week.
- Penalty will apply to any late returns or lost items.
- Staffs are responsible for all materials checked out to your account. The LRC strongly advises against loaning items for other users. In the event of loss or a late return, you will be liable for the applicable fines.
Renew Library Materials
If patrons need additional time to finish a book, you can renew the loan. Books may be renewed by either returning the item to the library circulation desk, or by telephoning the LRC circulation desk during the LRC’s normal hours of operation. Renewal will be for the same time period as the original loan. To renew, borrowers needs to provide the FCHS borrowers’ card for students, Identification number for faculties and staff.
*Materials recalled by another patron cannot be renewed and should be returned to the FCHS LRC Circulation Desk.
Returning of Borrowed Materials
Faculty members who will be away for extended period, such as sabbatical leaves and long vacation, shall return all borrowed materials before their scheduled leaves or absence. Faculty members are given seven (7) days grace for books loaned.
All reference collections like, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps and others are for in-library use only.
Faculties may place items on reserve in the LRC for their classes to use at the LRC’s Circulation desk, or electronically, through the Reserve Placement Request Form (see attached form). Faculty members determine loan periods for individual reserve items. All the reserve collection is for in-library use only:
- Materials that are part of the library collection
- A photocopied article from a periodical, a chapter from a book, a short essay, a short story, a short poem, a chart, a graph, a diagram, a drawing, a cartoon, a picture.
- Faculty’s personally owned materials.
- Student projects
- Lecture notes / Library staff created guides.
- Course notes
NOTE: Most photocopied articles should not be left on reserve for more than one semester. Personally owned materials will be accepted for Reserve status with the understanding that items are placed at owner’s risk and that items to be listed in the Reserve Book Room must be processed.
- Items that circulate for one (1) month can be recalled after 15 days if another patron requests the item.
- The requested item automatically receives a new due date and a notice is sent asking for the return of the item. If the item is not returned by the new due date, it is subject to overdue fines
- When the item is returned, the patron who requested the item is notified that the item can be picked up at the circulation desk within 3 days.
PENALTIES ON OVERDUE MATERIALS
- Overdue notices will be sent out accordingly.
- Penalties are waived if the overdue material is returned within a given grace period.
- Borrowing privileges are suspended and records are posted until all fines are paid.
LOST OR DAMAGED CIRCULATING AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS
Patrons are responsible for all LRC material (print and non-print) they borrowed from the circulating collection.
- Replacement of the lost library materials is accepted in lieu of payment but must be replaced by the same or latest edition of the material and the corresponding fine must be paid. If the book is irreplaceable, 100% of the current market price of the book must be paid by the borrower, the additional 50% to cover acquisition and processing cost.
- All payments shall be made at the Library Office.
All library obligations (overdue fines, unreturned materials, payment/replacement of lost materials) must be settled before a clearance can be issued.
INTERNET AND COMPUTER WORSTATION POLICY
The FCHS Learning Resource Centre provides computer workstations with internet facilities, MS Office Programs available for educational purposes only.
- Classes receiving LRC instruction receive first priority for computer use;
- The computer workstations are available for patron use on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Minimum of two hours is allotted to all users, they can extend the hours if no instructor has reserved the computers;
- Downloading any programs, graphics or other computer codes onto the library workstation hard drive is permitted on own flash drive or any other device.
- Computer workstations are NOT to be used for chat rooms, message boards, or computer games. (NO chat rooms, NO message boards, NO pornographic materials.)
- The Library assumes no responsibility for any data which may be downloaded by the user or for the reliability of such data.
- Changing, modifying, or eliminating LRC computer configurations and loading any application or program software onto the Library computers is prohibited.
- FOOD AND DRINK ARE NOT PERMITTED.
- Any work saved to the desktop will be automatically deleted at the end of the session.
- The library reserves the right to reclaim workstations being used for other purposes.
- The Library will not be responsible for damage done to users’ floppy disks or non-Library computer equipment as a result of downloading.
- Violation of computer workstations and internet policy will result in the loss of library privileges.
- Librarian is available to provide limited assistance in the use of the LRC’s computers.
To search for books in the FCHS LRC, please click the WEBPAC (https://fchs-elibrary.ac.ae/find-resources/)
The FCHS LRC provides the tools needed to complete research and create presentations. It contains 30 computer workstations, 16 workstations in the ground floor and 14 workstations in the Reference area in the first floor, photocopier, printers, and temporary 2 study rooms on the first floor.
The striking 3-storey Fatima College of Health Sciences Learning Resource Centre, provides students, faculty and staff access to the world’s scholarly resources and serves as a center for the College intellectual life. The FCHS LRC houses more than 10 thousand volumes, 20 serial titles and provides access to thousands of electronic resources around the world via the Internet.
FCHS LRC is also home to significant special collections such as literature, history, and general information about the UAE, written in Arabic and published in UAE.
The bibliographic records of materials are available through web catalog that allow patrons’ access to resources available. Bibliographic instruction is geared towards immediate use of existing resources and to encourage independent research and study. Point-of-use instruction, personal guidance in conducting library research and traditional reference services are also offered.
The FCHS LRC catalog and many databases can be accessed both on-campus and off-campus. Such access creates a “library without walls” open 24/7 for students.
Policies and procedures are developed to allow for the widest possible use of resources by FCHS patrons.
An interlibrary loan with IAT Schools, Griffith University, Monash University and other medical institutions in the UAE is maintained to enable students to access information not found in the FCHS LRC.
The FCHS LRC continues to enhance the services for FCHS students, faculty and staff and to strengthen its research collections. The extraordinary growth of the College academic programs in recent years, along with the rapid expansion of electronic information resources, has provided an impetus for new development in FCHS Learning Resource Centre.
The Fatima College of Health Sciences Learning Resource Centers’ mission is to provide quality and comprehensive resources and services in support of the research, teaching, and lifelong learning of the College. To fulfill this mission, the Library commits to:
- Understand the research, teaching, and learning needs of its users;
- Build core collections and create tools to support research, teaching, and learning;
- Provide access to and promote the discovery and use information resources;
- Ensure the preservation and long-lasting availability of LRC collections and resources;
- Create hospitable physical and virtual environments for study, teaching, and research;
- Collaborate with faculties and staff to enrich the research and learning community;
As the heart of the institution, the Fatima College of Health Sciences ensures the availability of resources in order to support instructional, curricular, and research programs.
The LRC continues to embrace change and align itself to thrive on diversity, to support professional growth and opportunity, and to reward flexibility and innovation.
The LRC exists primarily to serve the library and information needs of the students, faculty and staff of the College through organized, relevant, and fast delivery of information services. Since it is designated for the use of all, it must operate within the framework of regulations. These regulations are designed to facilitate rather than restrict the services of the Learning Resource Centre.
Established in 2006, the Fatima College of Health Sciences (FCHS) aims to meet the United Arab Emirates growing need for skilled healthcare professionals. The college started by offering the BSc. in Nursing program in 2006 and has, since then expanded to offer more than 10 degree programs at BSc. and Diploma levels in Health Sciences. The nursing program is operated in collaboration with Griffith University in Australia.
In addition to the Bachelor Degree, the school of nursing offers a bridging program for diploma-holding practitioner nurses. The program was designed to graduate local students in the nursing field and to upgrade the education of the diploma holder nurses already in the health sector.
The college has a mandate to help the health sector in Abu Dhabi and UAE in general to satisfy its needs by graduating well educated and trained nurses.
The FCHS Learning Resource Centre is open from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Sunday through Thursday.
Special timings can be requested accordingly.
The FCHS LRC is closed during National Holidays and College announcement.
Unless otherwise noted, Circulation services end 15 minutes prior to closing.
FCHS LRC Abu Dhabi / Al Gharbia / Ajman / Morocco
Afnan Saif Alnuaimi
LRC – Library Assistant
FCHS LRC Abu Dhabi
June Salazar Yasay
Sr. Officer Librarian
FCHS LRC Al Ain
Amna Mohammed Al Memari
Librarian, System Support
FCHS LRC Al Ain
Kairoon Nissa Khan
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