Union University

Emma Waters Summar Library

Faculty Corner

The Emma Waters Summar Library supports the faculty of Union University in their teaching, research, and scholarship endeavors.

Physical Resources

Faculty Resource Center

The Faculty Resource Center was opened in August 2009 and houses the Faculty Development Collection, some relevant print journals, and the faculty copier. Faculty must have a code provided by Lori Haney (lhaney@uu.edu or 731-661-5409) in order to make copies. The Faculty Development Collection contains monographs which support and enhance teaching and instructional skills, as well as scholarship and research.

The Faculty Development Collection also includes examples of grant proposals and provides access to copies of promotion portfolios for faculty reference. Binders containing these examples are available in the Faculty Resource Center.

Instructional Resources

Class Instruction

Reference Librarians are available to instruct all levels of classes in research skills. These sessions may consist of general orientation to library resources or specialized instruction focused on the discipline. We will also gladly assist you in designing assignments that make the most of library resources and help your students learn appropriate research skills. You may arrange an instruction session for your class by contacting Jenny Lowery (jlowery@uu.edu or 731-661-5058), or Melissa Moore (mmoore@uu.edu or 731-661-5408)or use our online instruction request form. Please contact us at least one week prior to the requested instruction date.

Research Guides

Librarians can develop a research guide highlighting the best databases, reference sources, journals and websites for your class. These guides can also include special tutorials specific to your discipline. To request a research guide for your course, contact Jenny Lowery (jlowery@uu.edu or 731-661-5058) or Melissa Moore (mmoore@uu.edu or 731-661-5408). Please allow at least two weeks for research guide development.

Course Reserves

Reserve items are placed at the information desk by a faculty member for use by his or her students. They are filed under the instructor's name. Faculty members may check out a reserve item as needed. Students who wish to check out a reserve item must present a valid ID card. Restricted reserve items are for use in the library only, and the library will hold the student's ID card until the item is returned. One day reserves may be checked out and taken out of the library but are due back the next day. They may not be renewed and a fine of $2.00 per day is charged if they are not returned before closing time the day after they are checked out.

The Reserves link in the Quick Links sidebar will take you to a list of items on reserve. You may search by the professor's name, course number or course name to see what materials are on reserve for your class.

  • Reserve Request - request to place items from the library's collection on reserve (request online)
  • Reserve Request - request to place other items on reserve (print PDF and turn in with materials)

Research Assistance

Literature Searches

Reference librarians are available to assist you with your research by helping you locate needed resources. Contact Melissa Moore (mmoore@uu.edu or 731-661-5408) or Jenny Lowery (jlowery@uu.edu or 731-661-5058) to request assistance. Please allow at least two weeks' lead time.

Interlibrary Loan

Summar Library provides interlibrary loan services free of charge to all faculty. If a book or article is not available in the Summar Library or through our databases, you may request that we borrow the item from another library by filling out the appropriate form. If you have any questions about interlibrary loan services, please contact Stephen Mount (731-661-5419).

Collection Development

Library Liaisons and Faculty Representatives

Faculty representatives are selected from each discipline to assist the library with collection development. Librarians serve as liaisons to the faculty representatives and help ensure faculty awareness of new resources in their discipline. To recommend an item for the library's collection, contact the faculty representative for your department or complete the form below.

Library Reserves

Reserves are intended to be supplemental material that supports a particular course. Reserve items are placed at the information desk by a professor for use by his/ her students. They are filed alphabetically by the professor’s last name. Professors may check out a reserve item overnight as needed. Reserve items may be placed on either “Restricted Reserve” (in-library use only) or “One Day Reserve.” An online Reserve Request form for library owned items is available. For other items, please use the printable Reserve Request form. Forms are also available at the library's information desk.

If you decide to send a student worker to register reserve items for you, make sure to fill out a reserve form and send the form with the student.

  • Pulling the library items you wish to have on reserve will speed the process of making them available to your students.
  • Please plan to register reserve items at least 24 hours prior to the time you need item(s) to be available for your students.
  • Items that have been rented, checked out from another library or borrowed through interlibrary loan may not be placed on reserve.
  • Reference books are available to all library users and will not be put on reserve.
  • Reproductions of print or media copyrighted materials may be placed on library reserves for one semester without permission from or royalties paid to the copyright holder. Faculty members are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for continuing to use these materials in subsequent semesters. A sample copy of a copyright permission letter may be seen at the following link:
  • Complete bibliographic information should be included with all reproductions of copyrighted materials.
  • A statement of copyright permission from a publisher, producer, etc. must be included with reproductions being placed on reserve.
  • Faculty members are responsible for picking up personal items at the end of each semester.
  • Contact Stephen Mount at smount@uu.edu if you have questions about reserves.



The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

For more information please see the university's statement on copyright.

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