Faculty Services

Below are quick links and contact information for frequently used LITS faculty services.

Teaching and Learning

Course Support

The Research & Instructional Design team is available to provide specialized instruction on topics such as library research, poster design, digital media creation, survey tools, mapping tools, citation management, and more.

Get help at askus@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4735 (research) / 315-859-4877 (ed tech).

Research and Course Guides

Resource and how-to guides are available for each of Hamilton's areas of study, special topics, and educational technology. Individual course guides may be developed in consultation with your department's library liaison.

Get help at askus@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4735 (research) / 315-859-4877 (ed tech).

Course Reserves

The circulation department processes on average 1,500-2,000 electronic reserves a semester, the majority of which are done within the first six weeks of class. Links to electronic reserves are available in both ALEX and Blackboard. Books, DVDs, and audio recordings are cataloged in ALEX and available at the Burke Library circulation desk and the Music Library. 

Get help at askcirc@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4479.


Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is Hamilton's course management system with online classroom environments corresponding to almost every course offered at Hamilton. Login and consult online guides to Blackboard using the links below.

Get help at blackboard@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4877.

Classroom Technology

The Audiovisual Services team provides quality service and support to the Hamilton Community for their teaching and multimedia presentation needs.

Get help at avs@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4120.

Research and Publishing


Hamilton provides access to nearly 200 subscription databases.

Browse databases by title or subject area:

Link directly to some of our most frequently used multidisciplinary databases:

Get help at askus@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4735. 

My Library Account

The My Library Account portal in ALEX provides a single page where you can: 

  • view books you have checked out
  • renew books
  • check the status of interlibrary loan requests

Interlibrary Loan

Hamilton faculty may use interlibrary loan to obtain materials not available through our library. Logon to ILLiad to request items for which you have a citation. Or, choose the "Find It" icon when searching databases to make article and book requests with pre-populated forms. 

Use the databases below to search for and request books not owned by Hamilton: 

  • Search ConnectNY
    Items from 18 New York State college and university libraries. Most items arrive within 4 working days. See the ConnectNY FAQ for more information.
  • Search WorldCat
    Items from more than 72,000 libraries worldwide. Most items arrive within 2 weeks.

Get help at askill@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4484, or consult the links below:

Deliver Materials to My Office

The library delivers books and DVDs to faculty offices daily when classes are in session and twice-weekly during breaks.

Get help at askcirc@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4479.

Hamilton Digital Commons / Open Access

The Hamilton Digital Commons is an open archive for scholarly and creative works by Hamilton College faculty, students and staff. The Digital Commons is part of a larger, open-access initiative among colleges and universities to expand the availability and right to use research articles in the digital environment.

For more information about the Hamilton Digital Commons and open access, contact Reid Larson at rslarson@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4480.




Librarians are available to consult with faculty about copyright permissions and rights retention. You can also consult our introduction to copyright law, educational fair use guidelines, and related information for faculty, staff and students who use copyrighted materials in their teaching, research and coursework.

For help, contact:

  • Course Related
    Beth Bohstedt, Director, Access Services and Collection Strategies
    bbohsted@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4485
  • Research Related
    Reid Larson, Research and Scholarly Communication Librarian
    rslarson@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4480

Collections and Acquisitions

Recommend a Purchase

If you would like the library to purchase or license books, journals, databases, or other materials to support your teaching and research, please contact us.

Choice Reviews Online

LITS subscribes to Choice Reviews as one way to assist faculty in developing our collection. Many, though not all, departments circulate Choice cards for review by their faculty. All faculty are welcome to use Choice's online portal to order books. Selections may be forwarded to asktobuy@hamilton.edu.

Get help from your liaison librarian or contact Beth Bohstedt, Director, Access Services and Collection Strategies at bbohsted@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4485.

New Library Materials

A list of new materials added to the library catalog within the past month can be generated using ALEX.

New and Trial Databases

A complete list of new and trial databases is available in the right-hand column of the Databases A to Z page.

If you have suggestions for databases that would support your teaching and research, contact your liaison librarian or Lynn Mayo, Research and Electronic Resources Librarian, at lmayo@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4746.


Your College Office

Find out about your computer, the Hamilton network, your accounts and passwords, telephone and voice mail, and a variety of web-based tools.

Your Home Office

Several LITS services and software licenses are available for your home office, including Microsoft Office and anti-virus software, home computer repair, and short-term laptop loans. Employees are also eligible for cellular phone discounts from several carriers.

Your Classroom

The Audiovisual Services team provides quality service and support to the Hamilton Community for their teaching and multimedia presentation needs.

Get help at avs@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4120.

Information Security

The mission of the information security program is to protect the information assets of Hamilton College thereby reducing institutional risk. These assets include the data that Hamilton collects from its faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and others doing business with the College, as well as intellectual property created by members of the Hamilton College community.

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