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CPTC Library/Learning Resource Center: For Faculty

Welcome to the CPTC Library/Learning Resource Center! We are located in building 15.

This page has been developed to help faculty members stay aware of LRC services available to them. If you don't find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact Pearl DeSure ( for assistance.

We want to hear from you! If you would like to provide feedback or offer suggestions on how we can better support your teaching, please take a moment to fill our our LRC survey below.

Information Literacy

Niche Academy

The Library is excited to announce the availability of a new information literacy-focused platform, Niche Academy!

Niche provides ready-made videos and online tutorials on research skills, critical thinking, database searching, and much more!

Faculty have the option to assign material through the platform or embed material into Canvas. Please contact Pearl DeSure ( for more information.

Library Skills Classes & Class Orientations

Instructors may request appointments for Library Skills Classes & Orientations by contacting the librarians:

Pearl DeSure, 253-589-6067

Jason Anderson, 253-589-5764

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain [published pre-1925] or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities:

  • Retain – make, own, and control a copy of the resource
  • Reuse – use your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource publicly
  • Revise – edit, adapt, and modify your copy of the resource
  • Remix – combine your original or revised copy of the resource with other existing material to create something new
  • Redistribute – share copies of your original, revised, or remixed copy of the resource with others


This material is an adaptation of Defining the "Open" in Open Content and Open Educational Resources, which was originally written by David Wiley and published freely under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license at

Visit our OER page for more information about where to find OER for your courses!

Course Reserves

Print copies of textbooks

The CPTC Library has a small collection of textbooks (known as "Course Reserves") that are available for students to use within the Library building. While we do not purchase print copies of textbooks, we encourage faculty members to search for their textbook titles in our book catalog to see if they are already in the collection. If the Library has a copy of your textbook, please send an email request to the Faculty Librarian to get the book added to our Course Reserves shelves.

If you are able to help the library support our students by providing an extra copy of your required textbooks for in-library use as part of our Course Reserves collection, please contact Faculty Librarian Pearl DeSure (, 253-589-6067).

E-textbook access

Textbooks are occasionally available in e-book format through our primary e-book provider, Ebook Central. If you are interested in an e-book option for your textbooks, please contact the Faculty Librarian with the title, author, publisher, and edition of the book. The Faculty Librarian will look into available licensing and funding options. In rare cases, grant or other funding may be available to pay for e-book licensesIn most cases, the Faculty Librarian will request that the faculty member use program funds to pay for e-textbook access.

For more information about our Course Reserves collection, please visit our Course Reserves guide.

LRC Survey