Library Policies and Public Services
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Access: NYSNA ’s library is open
between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. (EST), Monday through Friday. While
appointments are not required, individuals with complex research questions
may wish to consult with staff prior to their visit.
Borrowing Materials: Certain items in the collection
may be borrowed by staff and members; however, the bulk of the research
collection does not circulate. Some materials may be obtained on interlibrary
loan through the library’s participation in the National Network
of Libraries of Medicine and the New York State interlibrary loan
system. Photocopies are produced under guidelines of current
copyright law. Restrictions may apply; contact staff for details.
Reference and Research: The library responds
to brief reference and factual questions free of charge. More lengthy
reference questions and complex research services may incur a charge.
These charges, and the manner in which services are provided are guided
by the library’s public service policy (see below) and the association’s
board policy on Guidelines for Fees for Association Services.
The Association’s library provides a wide range
of services such as photocopying, bibliographic verification, quick
reference, research and interlibrary loan. The level of service,
and the priority specific services receive, is governed by NYSNA’s Policy
on Public Services:
Date Established: Pre-1990 (revised 1999)
- The primary clientele are the staff and organizational
units of the New York State Nurses Association. Services provided
to primary users take priority over services to users in all categories
- instruction and assistance in using the center
resources and services
- verification of bibliographic citations
- preparation of bibliographies on current topics
of concern to the Association and nursing
- document delivery
- interlibrary service
- quick reference service such as provision of
directory-type information (questions requiring no more than
10 minutes to answer)
- current awareness and selective dissemination
of information services
Clientele in the second category include nurses
who are members of The New York State Nurses Association. Services
provided to this category of users take priority over services to
tertiary users. The services which may be provided at no charge
as time permits include:
- instruction and assistance in using library
resources and services at no charge
- direct access to the library, and
- quick reference and referral service.
Other services may be provided on a fee-for-service basis partially
subsidized by membership dues.
- The third level of users includes non-members and students. Services
which may be provided to individuals in this category at no charge
as time permits are the same as those for secondary users. Fees for
additional services will be on a full cost recovery basis. Although
staff will provide students with research assistance, this is not
intended to replace direct student research which is considered to
be a part of the educational learning process.
- Staff will facilitate access to archival records located at
the Foundation of NYSNA. Non-staff or “public users”
are not permitted access to records in the records management system.
Contact NYSNA's Library at 518.782.9400,
ext. 266 or by e-mail.