The College complies with and abides by the Use of Copyrighted Works for Education and Research. As a for-profit institution, the College has certain limitations, but acts within good faith and fair use measures. For additional specifics, please refer to the Student and Faculty Handbooks.
ACE supports all academic programs with digital books, full-text journals, and online multimedia resources through the ACE Library. For ACE online students and faculty, ‘going to the library’ means using this high-tech environment to:
- Search free and fee-based online databases effectively for scholarly information by using a Discovery search.
- Receive assistance from a professional librarian via live chat, SMS texting, e-mail, phone, Canvas inbox messaging, or discussion boards.
- Link full-text publications to a laptop, mobile phone, tablet, or hand-held book reader, if rights to provide digital content are provided by authors or publishers.
- Access interlibrary loan services and/or use local libraries for publications not available in digital formats.
- Evaluate the contents of digital and print publications for authenticity, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and completeness of coverage of the subject.
- Integrate scholarly information into research and writing using information literacy skills for lifelong learning.
- Promote information literacy skills to all children in K-12 schools.
The American College of Education Library provides interlibrary loan service via OCLC WorldShare so that current ACE staff, faculty and students may obtain electronic research materials that ACE library does not own or have access to. This service is governed by the American Library Association’s Interlibrary Loan Code and the US Copyright Revision Act of 1976 (17. United States Code. 101 et seq.) and its amendments.
ACE library utilizes Article Exchange, a cloud-based, document-sharing site that provides a single secure, location where lending libraries worldwide can place requested documents and library users can retrieve articles or book chapters obtained for them via interlibrary loan. The Library subscribes to specialized fee-based databases allowing ACE students and faculty access to full-text books and journal articles. From either the Library links in the LMS or the MyAthens portal, students and faculty can access more than a million citations to digital books, ERIC documents, and full-text journal articles in the field of education with an OpenAthens ID and password.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of misuse and abuse of the information technology system to assist in identifying unacceptable behaviors:
- Use of College communications services or equipment in a manner that violates copyrights, patent protection, license agreement, or intellectual property laws.
- Attempts to gain unauthorized access to any information facility, whether successful or not.
- Any action that disrupts the availability of a system for other users, such as running programs that limit system resources.
- Encryption of files and other electronic records in such a way that no other representative of the College can read its contents.
- Use of Internet or electronic mail files that may cause an overload to the College’s network without making prior arrangements with Information Services.
- Use of assigned American College of Education electronic mail or Internet access for personal or promotional, or in any way that does not support academic goals of the College.
- Sharing College-assigned user IDs or access codes.
- Attempts to alter, damage, delete, destroy or otherwise abuse any communications service or equipment.
- Use of a computer account that has not been authorized.
- Use of the College network system to gain unauthorized access to any computer system.
- Posting electronic bulletin board material that violates existing federal or state laws, the College’s Standards of Student Behavior policy.
- Attempting to monitor or tamper with another user’s communications system, or reading, copying, changing, or deleting another user’s files or software without the explicit agreement of the owner.
- Any use of the College’s communication services or equipment that does not support the mission or business strategy of the College.
- Use of the College’s communication services or equipment to view, bookmark, or download sexually explicit materials.
- Configuration of unauthorized proxy servers on any College asset.
The interlibrary loan service provides ACE faculty and students with the opportunity to have access to electronic materials that are not available through the ACE Library via OCLC WorldShare. Statistics are kept regarding all interactions, and patron privacy and confidentiality is maintained. This service is governed by the American Library Association’s Interlibrary Loan Code and the US Copyright Revision Act of 1976 (17. United States Code. 101 et seq.) and its amendments. ACE library utilizes Article Exchange, a cloud-based, document-sharing site that provides a single secure, location where lending libraries worldwide can place requested documents and library users can retrieve articles or book chapters obtained for them via interlibrary loan.
Library Online Reference
The American College of Education library staff provides online reference services via the “ACE Library Chat” or the “Email a Librarian” link in the LMS and in the Discovery Service results. A response will usually be sent within 24 hours from the email.