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Distance Learning Student's Guidelines

Students, regardless of location, have access to all of the Library’s holdings via the on-line public access catalog (OPAC), as well as the listing of journal items on the Library’s website. These titles are readily available for off-campus and distance learning students upon their request.

 

If you participate in a MABTS Distance Learning Program, it is always wise to utilize the available resources of Community College, College and University Libraries in your area in addition to your sources here at MABTS. For visitor privileges, if they require a Letter of Good Standing or a card showing you’re a current student,  please contact library staff at library@mabts.edu or Terrence Brown at tbrown@mabts.edu with your request.

 

Your degree program at MABTS allows you to:

 

Connect Online to Library Databases:

  •         Check out up to a limit of 30 books, unless you receive special permission from the Library Director to increase the limit. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.
  • Have a two week checkout period
  • Renew books by fax, mail, e-mail, or phone

 

Have Access to the following Online Databases through your OFF CAMPUS access:

  • ATLAS
  • American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Historical Monograph Collection series 1
  • American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Historical Monograph Collection series 2
  • Academic Search Elite 
  • Christian Periodical Index
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook Religion Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • Old Testament Abstracts 
  • New Testament Abstracts 
  • eBook Buisness Collection (EBSCOhost) 
  • Buisness Source Ultimate 
  • Regional Buisness News 
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials PLUS

 

 Other policies:

  • Holds--reservations--may be placed on any books checked out
  • Shortened checkout times may occur as needed

 

Things to Remember
These policies are in place to allow you to use the Library more efficiently and to allow the staff to serve you better.

  • Fines are .20 a day Tuesday through Friday on books from the general collection
  • All pages printed from the computers in the library are $.05/page
  • Photocopies are $.05/page, scanned copies sent to e-mail accounts are free
  • The Library closes to everyone during all chapel services which include Founders' Days. Chapel time is 11 a.m. to 11:45a.m. Tuesday and Thursday
  • Materials being returned by mail need to be insured. This allows for tracking of lost materials
  • The Library may have to request materials to be returned for other students to use. Be considerate and make wise use of the Library's books
  • For Off-Campus students requesting books, please make a list of the books you need, according to priority, and submit it in person or by fax, mail, or e-mail. Please include title, author, and call numbers.
  • Remember to check the Area Library Links for institution and seminary libraries with whom we have reciprocating borrowing agreements
  • Library Instructional Videos are available to assist you with instructional use of the OPAC, EBSCO databases, and other services offered by the library
  • Do not send your entire reading list in one request; rather, please submit it in increments of 10.

Doctoral and Online Student Library Mailing Program beginning in January 2018

 

Doctoral and Online students living outside a 75 mile radius of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Mid-America are eligible to join the Library Mailing Program (LMP). To join the program, you must pay a minimum of $25.00 to the business office via check, cash, or money order.  As packages are mailed to you first class and insured*, we will deduct the cost from the $25.00.  As you near your limit, we will alert you that more money needs to be added to your LMP account.  Any books that you return to the Library by mail will need to be sent first class and insured, at your expense. 

 

The LMP is a Use-It-Or-Lose-It program.  If at graduation, or the end of your time as a student at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Mid-America, you have money remaining on your LMP account; it will be applied to the general budget of the seminary.

 

Materials available for shipping include: circulating books, audios, DVDs, microfiche and microfilm. Non-circulating items such as reference materials and journal articles not available online can be copied by a member of Library staff.  If you need a book or journal article copied and mailed to you, it will cost .10 per page.  This fee will be deducted from the money you have on your LMP account. No more than 10 items at a time will be mailed.

 

If you need items/articles mailed to you, you will need to e-mail a list of needed materials to library@mabts.edu.  For circulating books, audios, DVDs, microfiche and microfilm, the list must include the title, author, year of publication, and call number for the items you need; the same applies for books needing to be copied. If you need a journal article copied, please include title, year and volume of publication, title of article, and pages to be copied. Make certain your name, mailing address, and phone number are included in the request.

 

Doctoral and Online students living within the 75 mile radius of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Mid-America are not eligible to join this program and must obtain their books directly from the library.

 

*All books, going and coming, must be insured for replacement purposes on the offhand chance they are lost or damaged during shipping.

 

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