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Flashpoint Chicago Info Commons: Policies/Procedures

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Policies and Procedures

Flashpoint Chicago's Info Commons offers an array of state-of-the-art library services to the college community both on- and off-campus. Services include individual research consultations and services, in-class and individual bibliographic instruction, on-demand reader’s advisory and interlibrary loan services, and citation assistance.

To schedule an appointment, please email, call 312.506.0645, or drop by room 527.

For Students

  • Introduction to library services and plagiarism primer for new students.
  • Intermediate and advanced research skills instruction.
  • Individual research consultations – assistance in locating, vetting, citing sources.
  • Ongoing research consultation services.

For Faculty

  • New faculty orientation, including introduction to the collection, classroom copyright compliance, and custom-designed instruction services.
  • Faculty-driven collection development.
  • Course readings research and advisory.
  • Research consultation services.

All members of the Flashpoint Chicago community are encouraged to use library services and resources. Current students, faculty, and staff may check out library materials. 

  • The book circulation period is three weeks.
  • Required course books are available for one week.
  • Required course materials are held on reserve for use within the Info Commons and do not circulate.
  • DVDs and games may be checked out for one week. 
  • Loaning of materials available in multiple copies are limited to one copy per borrower. 
  • Borrowed library materials are renewed at the discretion of library staff. Overdue fees are not currently charged, but borrowers will incur replacement fees and penalties for lost or damaged books.

Flashpoint Chicago students are held to behavior and conduct standards campus wide. Please refer to the Flashpoint Chicago Student Bulletin’s “Standards of Conduct” for further details.

Cell Phones
Cell phone usage is permitted at the discretion of the librarian on duty and is prohibited when usage impedes the work of other students.

Food and Beverages
Food is generally not allowed in the Info Commons; covered beverages are permitted.

Patron Record Confidentiality
Flashpoint Chicago maintains the privacy of patron circulation records. Requests for research or reference consultations are also confidential. Paper and electronic records containing information about patrons is kept to the minimum needed to maintain library workflows. Information about patron records will be released to authorities only when required by law.

Internet Policy
Flashpoint Chicago's Info Commons adheres to the internet usage policy in effect for the Academy. Please refer to the Flashpoint Chicago Student Bulletin’s “Acceptable Use of Computers, Email, Internet” for further details.

Flashpoint Chicago's Info Commons adheres to the accessibility policy in effect for the Academy. Please refer to the Flashpoint Chicago's Student Bulletin’s “Non-Discrimination Policy” for further details.

The Flashpoint Chicago's library collection supports and extends the learning of students in the media arts. The collection focuses on titles that support exploration of Animation & Visual Effects, Film & Broadcast, Recording Arts, Design + Visual Communication, and Digital Marketing. These core subject areas are supplemented by titles that further extend core skills in subjects such as mathematics and data, the humanities, and writing and storytelling.

All Flashpoint Chicago community members may recommend the addition of new library resources. Library staff make final decisions about what will be added to the library collection, guided by overall consideration of collection priorities and recommendations from collection development committee members drawn from each program.

To submit a request, or send us feedback of any kind, please fill out our Suggestion Form

The Info Commons uses the Library of Congress classification and shelving system. The bulk of the print collection is shelved in call number order, while magazines, graphic novels, DVDs, and games are shelved alphabetically. All new titles are added to the library’s online catalog.