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Placing Holds on Library Material: A CVCC Library Tutorial
Fall 2008
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Welcome to the tutorial Placing Holds on Library Material.    In this presentation, you will learn how to place a hold on library material anytime, at home, in the library, or anywhere you have an internet connection.  When you place a hold, library staff conveniently pulls the book for you and it’s held at the Front Desk until you come to check it out.
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The Library has circulating books on many different academic subjects.  These books check out for four weeks.  To search for items in the Library collection, use the Online Library Catalog.  First go to the CVCC Home Page, at this address.
Hold your mouse on the heading Resources; you’ll see this drop-down menu.  Click on the Library link.
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This takes you to the CVCC Library’s home page.  Next, click on the Information Reference Page link here.
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You are now here at the Library Information Reference Page, your gateway to the many electronic library resources at CVCC. 
Next click Online Library Catalog.  The Online Library Catalog is a searchable database of all the items in the Library’s in-house collection.
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You will now come to this screen, the Online Library Catalog.  For detailed information  on how to use the Catalog, view the tutorial Using the Online Library Catalog: Looking Up Library Books and Materials .
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Here we’ve performed a search on the topic of “global warming.”   Our search results show 61 items. 
Here’s a book entitled Cool it : the skeptical environmentalist’s guide to global warming.
Note the Campus (owned/out) column. This column shows how many copies we own, and how many are presently checked out--In this case we have 1 copy, and 0 copies are checked out. 

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If you see a title that looks interesting, you can get additional information by clicking on the small number at the left side. 
Let’s look at additional information about this book entitled Cool It.   Click on the number six here.
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And here is the Full view of the record for this book.
The Full View of Record gives you an idea of what the book is about.  This can help you decide if you would be interested in requesting it.  Useful information is provided, such as: Picture of Book, Author field, Title field, Contents field, such as chapter names, And Subject field. 
After reviewing the record, if you are interested in checking this book out,  you now have the option to place a hold.   When you place a hold, library staff conveniently pulls the book for you and holds it at the Front Desk for you to come and check it out.  To place a hold, click All Items.
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This takes you to the Holdings record.   Here you see if the book is available or if it is checked out.   This book is available, on the shelf.
Click on the link Request this item to make a hold request. 
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Next, enter your CVCC user name and password, the same you use for CVCC email and Blackboard.
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At this next screen you can enter optional notification information, such as email address, phone number, or a request to deliver the item to an off-campus center. 
Next, click Go. 
 Finally, you will see verification that the item has been placed on hold for you.  Once the item is pulled from the shelves, the Library will email you a message to your CVCC email account that it is ready for pickup. 
Let’s try another example.  Let’s say you are interested in looking at the poetry of Maya Angelou.  Here we have search results listing books written by the author Maya Angelou.  
This item here would be useful, The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou.   To place a hold, first click the small number 3 here.
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And here is the full record for this item.  By Holdings, click All items.
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And here is the holdings record for this item.   Here you can see if the book is available or if it is checked out.  In this case the first copy of this book is available on the Shelf, but the second copy has been declared Lost; most likely a person has not returned this item and it is overdue. 
Click on the link Request this item to make a hold request for the first copy. 
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Next, enter your CVCC user name and password, the same you use for your CVCC email and Blackboard.
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Here at this screen, enter optional notification information, such as email address, phone number, or alternate delivery location.  Finally, click Go. 
You will then see this verification that the item has been placed on hold for you.  Once the item is pulled from the shelves, the Library will email you that it is ready for pickup.
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Here’s one more example.  This time we’ve done a search to see if the Library has a specific book, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. 
Here we see a list of book titles, including the one we are looking for:  The Audacity of Hope.   Click on the title.
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And here is the Full View of Record for this book. 
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As you scroll down, you continue to see the Full View of Record.   Next, by Holdings, click All Items.
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And here is the Holdings Record. 
Note here that the item is checked out and not available.  It is due Sept. 25.  Even though it is checked out, you can still place a hold.  When the item is returned, you will be contacted that it is available.
To place a hold, click Request this item.
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Next, enter your CVCC user name and password, the same you use for your CVCC email and Blackboard.
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Here at this screen, enter optional notification information, such as email address, phone number, or alternate delivery location.  Finally, click Go. 
You will then see this verification that the item has been placed on hold for you.  Once the item is pulled from the shelves, the Library will email you that it is ready for pickup.
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Remember, you can place a hold on library material anytime, at home, in the library, or anywhere you have an internet connection.
Also, for more information on doing searches using the Catalog, view our tutorial Using the Online Library Catalog: Looking Up Library Books and Materials .
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Be sure to come to the Library whenever you need research assistance, and  good luck with your assignments!
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