About the Learning Resources Center (Library)
Spring 2021 Hours
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
*Note: Hours may vary between semesters, on holidays, or due to weather. Advance notice in change of hours will be posted on the library doors whenever possible.
Note: The LRC (library) hours may vary Spring 2021 semester due to staffing issues due to COVID.
Faculty & Staff
Our library personnel can be reached by e-mail or by telephone. Librarians are available to assist library patrons via email or text during normal operating hours. Please allow up to one operating day for a response. Librarians are available to assist library patrons via chat during normal operating hours as time allows.
Where Is the Cecil B. Word Learning Resouces Center (Library) on Campus?
1st floor - Circulation desk, multimedia rooms, librarians' offices, reference books, audiovisual items, current periodicals, and most bound periodicals
2nd floor - Books that circulate (check out), archives/special collections room, child development classroom, Spanish classroom
Mission & Policies
The mission of the library of Northeast Alabama Community College is to provide for the students, faculty and staff of the College, the personnel, services, information resources and facilities to support, sustain, and enrich the educational purposes, programs and curriculum of Northeast Alabama Community College.
Embracing the College's "open door" policy, many of the Northeast Alabama Community College's resources and services are available to the community.
- When checking out items for the first time, students will be asked to complete a registration form and present a student I.D. card. The card must be presented each time items are checked out. The student I.D. card will be used to check out items.
- Items may be checked out for two weeks and may be renewed for two additional two-week periods (unless the items have been reserved by another patron). A student is limited to 10 items overall and 5 items per subject.
- With permission of librarian, students may use non-circulating materials for class presentations.
- Embracing the college's "open door" policy, the library's collection and most of its services are open to members of the community with Alabama-issued driver's licenses or Alabama-issued ID cards. Non-students' library cards are good for a period of two years and can be renewed. Adult community users (age 19 and above) are limited to five items at a time. Community members below age 19 are limited to two items at a time. All library rules and regulations apply to non-students. There is a $2.00 charge for the replacement of a lost community library card.
- A fine of ten cents per day is charged for overdue items. No fine in excess of $5.00 per item will be charged. When the library is closed, items may be returned in the outside drop near the main entrance.
- Students and/or library patrons who owe fines to the library or who have failed to return items they have checked out will forfeit their library privileges until their records are cleared. Students who have delinquent library records will not be able to receive a copy of their transcripts until their library records are cleared.
Reports and Publications
What's New in the Library (January 2021) What's New in the Library (November 2020)
Annual Report of the NACC Learning Resources Center (2019-2020)
LRC Quick Facts 2019-2020
Annual Report of the NACC Learning Resources Center (2018-2019)
LRC Surveys of Satisfaction (2019) LRC Surveys of Satisfaction (2017)
The American Library Association (ALA) defines information literacy 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. "According to the ALA, an information-literate person can
- determine the extent of information needed;
- access the needed information effectively and efficiently;
- evaluate information and its sources critically;
- incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base;
- use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose;
- understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
ALA also notes that information literacy
- is important in today's world, a world in which society is inundated with information choices;
- is the basis of lifelong learning;
- requires the collaborative efforts of faculty, librarians, and administrators
To learn more, visit American Library Association's "Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education."
These standards were endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education in 1999.
The American Association of Community Colleges also recognized the importance of information literacy when it adopted a similar definition of information literacy in 2008.