Academic or intellectual freedom in the context of the American library is inherent in the historical concept of serving a free people.  Basic First Amendment rights are conserved through confidentiality of library and patron records.  Collection development is pursued according to the principles of the Library Bill of Rights* and collects materials representing varied points of view in all areas of knowledge and in all levels in support of the curriculum.  To this end, the Library promotes the research of unbiased resources.

As Felix Goodson Library owes its allegiance to both Williams Baptist University and the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the Library supports both institutions’ missions spiritually and academically.  It has a responsibility to provide access to a range of knowledge in all disciplines, both contemporary and historical, in appropriate formats.

The Library does not endorse all the ideas expressed in resources accessible in the collection and does not promote bias in the form of censorship.  Library staff teach information literacy and  library research skills to individuals and groups and allows the patrons to reach their own conclusions through free inquiry.  In this way, the Library encourages patrons to broaden their perspective of the universe.

*Adopted by ALA in 1948, amended in 1961 and 1980 and reaffirmed in 1996.

(12.2010)

It is imperative for ethical, moral, and legal reasons that Felix Goodson Library protect the privacy of all persons using Library resources.  Each person has the right to borrow and use Library materials without fear of harassment, pressure, or intimidation by someone else who needs the material or disapproves of it.

The Library must protect each user’s right to privacy with respect to information sought or received, and materials consulted, borrowed, or acquired.  Therefore, the following information is not to be revealed to anyone other than Felix Goodson Library staff and is NOT to be revealed to patrons, faculty, administrators, other students, police, credit bureaus, boyfriends, girlfriends, parents, spouses, etc:

  • Patron names, addresses or telephone numbers;
  • Employee home addresses or telephone numbers;
  • Student employee work and/or class schedules;
  • Names of patrons with items checked out whether the person is a student or an employee;
  • What items a person has checked out may be revealed ONLY to the person him/her self.
  • A person’s debts may be revealed ONLY to the person him/her self.  Questions from WBU administrative personnel will be directed to the Director of Library Services.

Anyone seeking such information in spite of Library policy will be referred to the Director of Library Services and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Only official WBU identification cards are used for Library transactions.  Cards are not transferable.  The cardholder must be present for the transaction.  All Library patrons are subject to this policy including students, faculty, staff, administration, and community patrons.

(12.2010)

Felix Goodson Library (FGL) welcomes patrons from Williams Baptist University (WBU), including current students, faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as patrons from surrounding communities.

  • WBU Identification Cards.  WBU identification cards with individually assigned patron numbers and barcodes are issued to WBU students and staff through the Office of Student Affairs.  These identification cards also serve as library cards.
  • Community Patron Card.  Members of the surrounding community age 18 and older may apply for a FGL Community Patron Card.  Upon approval, a card with a community borrower’s privileges will be issued.
  • Other users.  Responsible persons under the age of 18 accompanied by a guardian are welcome to use FGL facilities.  However, borrowing privileges are not granted.
  • ARKLink Card.  Current ARKLink cardholders in good standing with participating Arkansas academic libraries may borrow circulating books from FGL.  As authorized by the ARKLink Reciprocal Agreement, WBU identification cardholders may request an ARKLink Card to borrow from other participating Arkansas academic libraries.

We are glad you have chosen to visit Felix Goodson Library.  If you are 18 or older you may apply for a library privilege card which allows you to check out three (3) circulating items at a time.  An application must be made in person.  Please allow one week for the review of the application.  If approved, the card will be mailed to the address on the application.  Two forms of identification* and two telephone numbers are required with the application.

The applicant must sign an agreement of responsibility stating:

  • To be responsible for all items borrowed;
  • To immediately report the loss of the card or any change of contact information: Card replacement fee is $10.00;
  • To present the Community Patron Card when checking out materials;
  • To be responsible for all fines and charges accrued: Overdue fines @ 25 cents per book per day; Replacement fee for lost or damaged items @ $72.00 minimum per item.  Items are considered “lost” when overdue for 50 or more days;
  • To abide by all Library policies including WBU Internet policy.

Acceptable Forms of Identification

Valid photo I.D:

  • Arkansas Driver’s License
  • Military I.D.
  • Passport

Additional I.D.

  • A piece of mail postmarked within 2 weeks
  • Pay stub issued within past month
  • Voter registration card
  • Lease/deed agreement
  • Utility bill within past month
  • Current registration at another Arkansas college

Patrons must provide their library card with barcode to check out library materials.  To protect user privacy, items will be checked out ONLY to the identified card owner.

Renewal may be made in person or from remote online access via the patron’s personal KOHA account.  Self-renewal is conditionally allowed for one renewal period with the patron having no outstanding Library accounts.  Additional renewal periods are granted in person at the discretion of Library staff, consideration being given to other patrons waiting for that item.

 Type Loan Period
 Fines
(not to exceed
$15 per book)
 Material Limits
 Circulating Book
(WBU students)
 14 days, with one 14-day renewal  Returned within 14-day grace period = grace;
otherwise $.25 day
 15
 Daily Reserve Item  End of day unit (1 day, 3 day, 7 day)  $1.00 per day  1
 Hourly Reserve Item  End of hourly unit (1 hr, 2 hrs, etc). In-library use only  $1.00 per hour  1
 Equipment
(camera, tripod, FLIP cam, NOOK, earphones)
 Determined individually  $10 per day  1
 Faculty and Staff  Global due date of semester  No fine  No limit
 Community Patrons – circulating books only  Same as WBU student  Same as student  3
 Interlibrary Loans  Set by lending library  Set by lending library  5
 ARKLink Card  30 days  .$.25 day.  No grace period.  3

The patron is responsible to return items to the FGL Circulation Desk or to the FGL Book Bank on or before the due date.  Items may not be renewed unless the patron’s Library account is clear.  Fines are calculated after the item has been returned and checked in.

Patron Accountability

Borrowers are responsible for returning all materials checked out in their name on time and in good condition.  Borrowers are liable for replacement cost at a minimum of $72.00 per item.  Items are considered “lost” when overdue 50 or more days.  At the end of each semester, all overdue materials must be returned and all fines and fees paid before the Registrar or Business Office will issue exam passes, graduation privileges, or transcripts, or permit future registration.  See WBU Catalog.

Damaged or Lost items

Damaged or lost items will be assessed a minimum replacement fee of $72.00 per item.  Items of substantial value will be assessed at the currently listed replacement cost plus a $15.00 processing fee.  All charges must be paid before borrowing privileges will be restored.  If lost materials are later found and returned to the Library after the replacement cost has been paid, the borrower may be entitled to a partial refund.

Overdue and Fines Notices

Notice of overdue items and outstanding fines are issued throughout the semester to the patron’s WBU email address and/or to the WBU mailbox or to the community patron’s permanent address.  Please note that fines cannot be calculated before the item is actually checked in.  Fines do not accumulate after item check-in but are due until paid.  Library accounts must be cleared as soon as possible before the end of the semester.

Circulation Collection

All print circulating items are made available for in-library use or for a loan (check-out) to all FGL card holders.  Most circulating books are available for interlibrary loan.

Reference Collection

All print reference items are available for in-library use and do not circulate.  Pages may be photocopied for private use or educational purposes according to Fair Use policy.  Reference items do not check out of the Library.

Archives and Special Collections

Aged or fragile items are housed in closed areas of the Library.  Library staff may allow special permission for in-library use.  These items do not circulate or leave the Library.  Photocopies according to Fair Use guidelines may be allowed according to the condition of the individual item.  In addition to the  Archive, other special collections are the Harrison Collection and H.E. Williams Collection.  The digital archive is a work in progress and accessible at http://cdm16952.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm .

Christian Fiction, Young Adult, and Juvenile Collection

Recently added collections to the Library are Christian Fiction, Young Adult fiction and non-fiction, and Juvenile fiction and non-fiction.  These print collections are circulating collections.

Christian DVD Ministry

A Christian DVD collection has recently been added to the Library collections and does circulate according to audio-visual policy.

Microfilm

Microfilm readers and printer, as well as the reel-to-reel microfilm collection, is located in the Reference Reading Room.  Print copies are .10 cents per page and payable in cash at the Circulation Desk.

Education Lab

Items located in the Curriculum Lab of the Education Department may be checked out according to Education Department policy.  Ed Lab materials are not the responsibility of the Felix Goodson Library.

Sloan Media Center

Audio-visual resources and equipment are available to faculty.   The Sloan Media Center is located in the Sloan Center and is not the responsibility of the Felix Goodson Library.

The reserve system is available for professors to place class materials in the Library for a limited amount of time.  Items on reserve are located at the Circulation Desk and may be checked out for the amount of time specified by the professor.  Holds and recalls may not be placed on items, but may be renewed upon special arrangement.  A limit of one reserve item can be checked out at any time.  Availability of reserve items can be viewed via the FGL online catalog, KOHA.  Also see Loan Periods, Fines, and Limits.  All reserved items (whether limited to in-library use or otherwise) must be checked out to the patron’s WBU identification card – no exception.

  • Hourly-Incremental Reserve.  Books placed under an hourly reserve may be used in the Library only and may be used in the Library the second hour if the item has not been requested by another patron.  However, Library staff may recall the item during the renewal for use by the new patron.  All hourly reserves are due by the closing of each day.
  • Daily-Incremental Reserve.  Books placed on a daily reserve may be checked out of the Library and are due before Library closing at the end of the daily increment:  One-day, due before the end of Library day; 3-day, due before the end of third Library day; 7-day, due before the end of seventh library day.  daily incremental reserves cannot be renewed at the time of return; however, if after one day the item is not checked out then the same person may check it out again.

Professional journals are placed in the FGL collection according to academic department information needs.  Some popular magazines are available for recreational reading.  Current journal editions are kept alongside the bound periodicals of the same title in the Reading Reference Room.  The older legacy collection of bound periodicals is archived in the FGL classroom.

Current editions of newspapers are also located in the Reading Reference Room.  Archived editions are available on most individual newspaper websites.  Some past newspaper print editions are available for six months in the FGL archive.

Print items are for in-library use only.  

Library online resources are available 24 hours daily from any Internet-connected device and include the online catalog, KOHA, and over 75 online subscription databases.  Additionally, professionally recommended Web sites are located by discipline in the Research Guides.  E-books are accessible through all online resources.  Digitized local resources are in a perpetual update and available at the WBU Digital Archive.

Electronic journal articles, newspapers, and e-Books are accessed from the FGL Web site.  Individualized or personal instruction for use of online resources is available at the Circulation Desk.  Video and PowerPoint tutorials for the databases and catalog are also available.  Library orientation, research skills across the curriculum, information, and subject- or assignment-specific classes is encouraged and may be scheduled with the Director of Library Services (870-759-4139).

All FGL online resources are available on and off-campus.  Login and password requirements are available at the Circulation Desk.

WBU cardholders may request interlibrary loan for books, journal articles, dissertations and theses, and other media.  Request forms are available at the Circulation Desk or may be submitted electronically.  It is suggested that a 14-day lead period be allowed for fulfillment; however, most ILL requests are received within seven days.

The Library’s main entrance is equipped with an automated door opener.  Library staff will retrieve items from the stacks for patrons unable to do so.  Contact the Circulation Desk to request this service.

A photocopier for patron use is available in the FGL lobby.  The photocopier is equipped with color or black & white prints, scanning, USB portage, and an email feature.  Photocopies must comply with posted Fair Use guidelines.

Microform readers and printer are located in the FGL Reading Room. Microfilm reels cannot be checked out of the facility, but are used in-house only.  Staff can assist patrons in retrieving materials, using the readers and printing at $.10 per sheet. The brief FGL Microfilm Video is a concise tutorial for loading reels to the readers.

Desktop computers are available for use with WBU log-in credentials.  The attached printer requires a print credit that is available from the WBU Business Office.  Public access computers are available in the Library lobby:  The public access printer is available on a cash per copy basis and payable at the Circulation Desk.  Reference computers located in the FGL Reference Room are available for instruction and for quick access to the online catalog and databases.  WiFi access is available throughout the Library.  The Felix  Goodson Library observes and enforces the Internet Policy as outlined in the Williams Baptist University Student Handbook.

The FGL classroom may be reserved for special events, meetings, or group study. Advance reservations are needed as WBU classes are often scheduled in the FGL classroom.  Available for use in the classroom are:  Whiteboard, DVD player, VCR player, television, computer, and LCD projector and screen.  WiFi and hardwired internet access is available in the classroom.

Some audio/visual equipment is available for use in the FGL classroom and cannot leave the Library.  Please check with Library staff for classroom use.

In order to best serve our entire campus community, the following guidelines have been established for all patrons using Felix Goodson Library:

  • Excessive Noise. In addition to providing information resources, the Library is a place to study.  Excessive noise is distracting.  Please be considerate of others and pursue your Library activities as quietly as possible.  If a group study room is desired, please inquire at the Circulation Desk.
  • Food and Drink.  To protect Library materials and computers from accidental spills, please keep covers/lids on beverages and place all garbage in the trash containers.  A drinking fountain is provided in the FGL lobby.  Vending machines are also available in the library.
  • Cell Phones.  In consideration of others, please refrain from using cellular phones in the Library.  On the occasion a phone call is received, please exit to the Library lobby.

Pamela Meridith
Director of Library Services
(870) 759-4137
pmeridith@williamsbu.edu

Joel Olive 
Public Services Supervisor
(870) 759-4139
jolive@williamsbu.edu

Peggy Chadwick
Library Technician
(870) 759-4138
pchadwick@williamsbu.edu

School Term Hours

Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed for lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Closed weekends & holidays