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Information Literacy Instruction

The Library offers course-integrated instruction designed to focus on the research and information literacy skills needed for class assignments. Library instruction is most beneficial when the objectives are directly related to instructional goals and assignments and are limited to those which can be achieved in a class session. It is not possible for students to learn how to use the Library all at once. Instruction will be designed to meet the specific needs of your students.

  • If you are a faculty member at Paterson and would like to schedule your class for instruction, please contact Elaine Goldman at or call 973-684-4594.
  • If you are a faculty member at Wanaque or Passaic and would like to schedule your class for instruction, please contact Rick Perdew at or call 973-684-7934.

 Please schedule any classes at least one week in advance.

Help with Assignments

The more we know about your assignments, the better able we are to help your students and to ensure the availability of materials you need. If your students need materials and/or assistance from the Library, try and let us know at least one week in advance what their needs might be.

Please let librarians know when you assign something that requires library research.  You can submit this online form to alert us to your assignment: Assignment Alert Form.

If more than a few of your students need help using our Library resources, we invite you to request Information Literacy instruction designed to meet the specific needs of your students.

If you need assistance in creating research-based assignments, please see our libguide on Creating Information Literacy Assignments or schedule an appointment with a Librarian.

Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright is an important issue that concerns faculty, librarians, and students. While individuals are responsible for complying with PCCC's institutional copyright policy, librarians and administrators at PCCC are here to assist the College community with course-related copyright questions.  Such questions might include adding and distributing previously published content in print or online.

Please contact Elizabeth Pachella (x5880) with copyright questions regarding online courses and Blackboard; and Luis Ruiz (x5877) about putting course items on reserve in the library.

You may also see our libguide on Copyright and Education for more information.

Acquisition Requests

We encourage faculty to request resources of all types that they would like to see added to the Library’s permanent holdings. These would include print resources (books, journals), electronic resources (databases, ebooks, journals), and media (audiobooks, DVDs). You may contact any of the Librarians to request resources.

The Chronicle of Higher Education & The New York Times

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the industry standard for news and information in higher education.  The Library subscribes to the print and online editions.  All online content is accessible from on-campus; some content is not available from off-campus.

PCCC also has a one year Academic Site License for The New York Times, which grants all PCCC users unlimited access to and its smartphone apps.  Follow the link for access instructions.