Library Information for Faculty & Staff

OC Library advances teaching and learning by supporting instruction and professional development of OC faculty and staff. For more information please contact a librarian.

Locations & Hours

Campus libraries are located on the Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon campuses. Employees are welcome to use any campus library. Please note that library hours vary by campus and time of year.

Library Card

Your employee photo ID is your Library card and your employee number is your Library card number. OC Ancillary, Business & Risk Management Services prepares ID cards.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

You may request that items not available at OC Library be borrowed or photocopied from other libraries. Learn more about Interlibrary Loan services on the 'Use the Library' web page, under the 'Borrowing' heading. You can place a direct interlibrary loan request using this online form

Course Reserves

Upon request, the Library will place items on Reserve for short loan periods to maximize access for students. Faculty and instructors may request copies be placed on reserve by completing the online form and e-mailing or delivering the completed form to campus library circulation desks. Contact your campus circulation desk for more information. Loan periods range from 2 hours to 1 week. Materials that may be placed on reserve include books, CDs, photocopies of articles and book chapters, and videos/DVDs Materials belonging to the Library or the requester can be placed on reserve.

Copies placed on reserve must comply with appropriate copyright law/licensing agreements. Faculty and instructors may request copies of materials be placed on reserve by completing the online form and e-mailing or delivering the completed form to campus library circulation desks.


  • Choose a 2 hour, 1 day, 2 day, 4 day, or 1 week loan period.
  • Provide the made available date and the item removal date. If no removal date is indicated, items will be removed at the end of each semester.
  • Indicate the desired number of copies required for each item.
  • Please include the most bibliographic citation information possible.
  • During peak periods, the amount of time it can take for an item to be placed on reserve may vary. Copies placed on reserve must comply with appropriate copyright law/licensing agreements. Please refer to Okanagan College's copyright FAQ for information related to copyright/licensing clearance and compliance.
  • Complete the Reserve Form and then e-mail or deliver to your campus library circulation desk.
Persistent Links & E-Reserves

The Library holds thousands of electronic books, magazines, journals, and newspapers. Persistent links to many of these items can be created and placed in the Library catalogue and/or Moodle course sites for quick access. Depending on licensing agreements, electronic copies of certain articles may be posted to Moodle Course sites.


Please contact your campus librarian or campus circulation desk with questions related to reserve procedures.

Media Materials for Class Use

Faculty and instructors must book physical videos for classroom use by completing the media booking form. Media bookings are also used to borrow videos/DVDs from other institutions. Streaming videos can be found and accessed by searching the library collection and do not require a media booking. For help or more information please contact a librarian.

Media Booking Form

Library Collections & Moodle

Subject to licensing agreements, faculty and instructors may link to or include portions of OC Library e-books, electronic periodical articles, and more. Alternatively, Faculty and Instructors are encouraged to use 'Curriculum Builder' when creating reading lists for students. Instructions on using this tool and creating dynamic reading lists can be found here. For more information on copyright and licensing, visit OC Library’s Copyright FAQ.

Instructors are also able to embed streaming videos from the Films on Demand database, directly into Moodle. Follow the instructions on this page, watch the video tutorial, or contact your liaison librarian or the Web Services Librarian for assistance.  

About Curriculum Builder

Tired of posting PDF articles and persistent links in Moodle? Worried about copyright? Curriculum Builder is an ultra-easy way to create and manage course reading lists without even leaving Moodle. Curriculum Builder allows instructors to create reading lists from within Moodle, and link directly to resources in OCtopus (the Library’s Search Engine), including articles, e-books, catalogue records, websites, and other digital resources. Easily create links to journal articles, web resources, books, and more! 

Instructors can add unlimited reading lists to courses. Choose to use a single reading list that you update on an ongoing basis, a static reading list, or create multiple reading lists for different points in the term.

Moodle IconAdd Curriculum Builder to your Moodle course

  1. Login to your Moodle account. Under ‘My Courses’, navigate to the course the reading list will reside.
  2. Turn editing ON using the button at the top right of the middle column of the Moodle course. 
  3. Click "Add an activity or resource". 
  4. Select "External Tool" and click Add.
  5. Ensure you are under the heading ‘General’. 
  6. Name your activity, such as ‘Week 1 Required Readings’ or ‘Readings to Accompany Class Discussion’, etc. 
  7. From the External tool type drop-down menu, select OCtopus: Curriculum Builder. 
  8. Leave ‘Launch URL’ blank. 
  9. *Important* Select NEW WINDOW from the Launch Container drop-down menu. *Curriculum Builder will NOT work unless set to open in a new window. 
  10. Add additional features, such as whether a student must view the activity to complete it, or whether access should be restricted to certain times or based on whether other tasks have been completed.
  11. Click “Save and return to course”.
Add readings to Curriculum Builder

You can add readings to curriculum builder in two ways. Search for items and add via the search result list, or add your own URL and title (such as a link to a website, scanned document, or online book).

  1. Click the 'External Tool' link you just created. You should be taken to a new window or tab with a search box displayed. 
Add a reading via search
  1. Conduct a search for the topic you would like to create a reading list for, such as "poverty in Canada". Alternatively, if you already know the title or author of the reading or book, type the information into the search box.
  2. Hit 'Search'. 
  3. You should see a list of results. Continue to narrow your search using the ‘refine search’ features on the left side of the page, or add more search terms and re-run your search. 
  4. When you have found something you would like to add to the reading list, click the large “Add to Reading List” button, located under the item record’s information.
  5. You can continue to add titles or articles to the reading list, or you can view and add notes to the reading list. When ready to view the reading list and add notes, click the ‘See Current Reading List” link at the top left of the page. 
Add a reading manually
  1. Click the “See current reading list” link at the top left of the page.
  2. Under the heading ‘Add Web Resource’, manually add the URL and title of the resource. This is ideal for adding websites, blog entries, links to books in the Library catalogue, scanned documents, reports, etc.
Editing and maintaining a reading list
  1. Browse the items in your reading list and add notes as your like (for example, ‘you will be tested on this content’, or ‘bring a related discussion point to class’, etc.)Ensure you click the navy “update notes and sort order” button before navigating away from the page.
  2. Change the number in the sort order box to change the order the articles/readings will appear for students. 
  3. If you decide to remove an item, click the "Remove from Reading List" button. 
View reading list as a student
  1. Return to your Moodle course. 
  2. Under the menus on the left side of the screen, look for the option, "Switch role to..." and then select 'Student'. 
  3. Click on the link for the reading list you are testing. 
  4. You should be taken to a list of readings. If you click the title you should see information about the resource, notes, and a link to the full-text, website, book, etc. 
  5. Switch back to 'Normal Role' when finished. 

Collection Development

The Library supports faculty/instructor input in developing the Library collection. The Library encourages suggestions for purchase from faculty. Please contact the liaison librarian for your department for more information and to submit these requests.

Orientation, Information Literacy & Instruction

Librarians are available to provide campus library tours and general orientations for your students. Please submit your requests online, or contact your liaison librarian.

Librarians at Okanagan College run an active instructional program committed to providing information literacy skills in support of developing information literate and lifelong learners. Please submit your instruction requests online, or contact your liaison librarian.

Okanagan College transforms lives and communities. The vision of Okanagan College “as a catalyst for change” (Okanagan College, 2013) is crucial in this rapidly changing digital age where information is growing exponentially. Emerging technologies and the changing landscape of information are affecting how individuals and communities are navigating, managing and using information. Individuals in all fields are required to be information literate. The Okanagan College Library Department, in collaboration with the teaching departments and student support areas, is engaged in creating information literate learners.  This is achieved through the instruction of information literacy that supports and enables the learning outcomes of Okanagan College’s courses and programs (Okanagan College. Library Department, 2013).

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy has been defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), as a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (Association of College and Research Libraries [ACRL], 2000).  The ACRL suggests that information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning and is “common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning” (ACRL, 2000).

UNESCO’s definition of information literacy in the Alexandria Proclamation (2005) “takes a broader view that goes beyond learning, stating that: ‘Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nations’” (Secker & Coonan, 2011). 

In 2000 the ACRL adopted the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education which has become a key framework for teaching information literacy skills by academic librarians in North America.  The standards join other information literacy models around the world to assist educators in the delivery of information literacy skills to learners. This group of standards has become one of “the most essential document[s], related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education” (Bell, 2013).

The ACRL Standards are “the de facto definition of information literacy” (Bell, 2013), and are comprised of the following five core purposecompetencies where the information literate student:

  1. Determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  2. Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  3. Evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  4. Individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. Understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.  (ACRL, 2000).
Information Literacy at Okanagan College

For the past three decades Okanagan College librarians, in collaboration with teaching faculty departments, have been teaching information literacy to students across the institution in multiple programs and disciplines. This practice has resulted in an active program committed to providing information literacy instruction in support of developing information literate and lifelong learners. “With its focus on critical thinking and reasoning, information literacy is vital to students’ ability to learn while enrolled at Okanagan College and throughout their working life” (Okanagan College. Library Department, 2013).

ChatBubble_GreyThe Library’s Mission states that “The Library  promotes student success through the development of critical thinking and independent research skills, and advances teaching and learning by supporting instruction and professional development." The goal is to reach all students at all levels across the curriculum with information literacy and critical thinking skills.  “Finally, information literacy should be transformational for the learner, changing their attitude, behaviour, outlook and even their world view” (Secker, 2011).


Association of College and Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Retrieved from

Bell, S. J. (2013, June 4). Rethinking ACRL’s information literacy standards: The process begins. ACRL Insider. Retrieved from

Okanagan College. (2013). Mission. vision, values, guiding principles. Strategic Plan, 2010-2015.  Kelowna, BC: Okanagan College. Retrieved from /Public+Affairs/Transform+Strategic+Plan+to+2015/stratplanpdf.pdf

Okanagan College. Library Department. Education plan, 2013 –2014. (2013, December 4). Kelowna, BC: Okanagan College. 

Partners in learning: Okanagan College library strategic plan, 2012 – 2016. (2012). Kelowna, BC: Okanagan College Library. Retrieved from /Departments+(Administration) /Library/PDFs/libstratplan.pdf?method=1

Secker, J. & Coonan, E. (2011, July). A new curriculum for information literacy:  Transitional. transferable. transformational. Cambridge: Arcadia Project. Retrieved from /Executive_summary.pdf


Development responsibility: Library Department
Approval responsibility: Library Management Committee
Version history: Draft Dec. 6, 2013; Library Department approval Dec. 6, 2013

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