Get to know us

The library's mission statement

To provide resources and instruction for and collaborate with students and faculty and to preserve Harding's legacy.

 

Annual Reports

Brackett Library publishes a report each year.  Recent years reports are available online.

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012 (pdf)

2010-2011 (pdf)

2009-2010 (pdf)

Library and Media Center Hours

 

Maps of the library

First Floor map

Second floor map

Staff

Director's Office

Jean Waldrop

Jean Waldrop, MS
Director, Brackett Library
Assistant Professor
jwaldrop@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 2006

Degree/Institution:
MS, Learning Technology & Information Systems
Texas A&M - Commerce

Primary Contact for:
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Nursing
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant

Launa Bookwalter

Launa Bookwalter
Administrative Assistant
lbookwalter@harding.edu

Harding staff member since 2008

Degree/Institution:
BA, Office Systems
Harding University

Debbie Anderson

Debbie Anderson
Acquisitions Assistant
danderson@harding.edu

Harding staff member since 1993

Public Services Department

Whitney Hammes

Whitney Hammes, MSLS
Public Services Librarian
Instructor
khammes1@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 2013

Degree/Institution:
MS, Library Science (ALA)
Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Primary Contact for:
Children's Literature
Music
Education

Nekia Shelton

Nekia Shelton
Public Services Assistant - Circulation
sshelto4@harding.edu

 Harding staff member since 2012

Degree/Institution:
MSE, English
Harding University

Holly Tidwell

Holly Tidwell
Public Services Assistant - Interlibrary Loan
hrichar1@harding.edu

Harding staff member since 2013

Degree/Institution:
BA, History
Harding University

Reference Department

Justin Lillard

Justin Lillard, MA
Reference & Theological Librarian
Assistant Professor
jlillard@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 2011

Degree/Institution:
Master of Library Science
Valdosta State University

MA, Christian Ministry
Abilene Christian University

MA, Biblical Studies
David Lipscomb University

Primary Contact for:
Bible
Business
Exercise & Sports Sciences
Kinesiology
Marriage & Family Therapy
Reference

Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller, MS
E-Learning & Instruction Librarian
Assistant Professor
lfuller@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 2005

Degree/Institution:
MS, Information Science (ALA)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Primary Contact for:
English
Criminal Justice
Family & Consumer Sciences
Psychology
Social Work
Young Adult Literature 

Amelia Brister

Amelia Brister
Information Services Assistant
abrister@harding.edu

Harding staff member since 2015

Degree/Institution:
M.Ed, English
Harding University

Serials Department

Gerald Cox

Gerald Cox, MLS
E-Resources and Serials Librarian
Associate Professor
gcox@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 1998

Degree/Institution:
Master of Library Science (ALA)
Indiana University

Primary Contact for:
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Engineering
Physics

Janice Luna

Janice Luna
Serials Technical Assistant
jluna@harding.edu

Harding staff member since 2008

Degree/Institution:
BA, Home Economics
Abilene Christian University

Technical Services Department

Shirley Williams

Shirley Williams, MLS
Technical Services Librarian
Professor
swilliams@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 1985

Degree/Institution:
Master of Library Science (ALA)
Texas Woman's University

MAT
Indiana University

Primary Contact for:
Art & Design
Foreign Language
Math 

Megan Hasler

Megan Hasler
Technical Services Assistant
mhasler@harding.edu

Harding staff member since 2012

Degree/Institution:
BA, Early Childhood Education
Harding University

Archives & Special Collections Department

Hannah Wood

Hannah Wood, MA
Archives & Special Collections Librarian
Instructor
hwood@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 2009

Degree/Institution:
MA, Museum Studies (AAM)
The George Washington University

Primary Contact for:
Communication
History
Political Science
Theatre

Systems Department

Brenda Breezeel

Brenda Breezeel, MLS
Systems Librarian
Assistant Professor
bbreezeel@harding.edu

Harding faculty member since 2001

Degree/Institution:
Master of Library Science (ALA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

E-Resources Librarian and Health Sciences Librarian -- in the process of hiring

Library Policies

Archives and Special Collections Policies

Details regarding the Ann C. Dixon Archives & Special Collections policies can be found on the Archives & Special Collections LibGuide.

Circulation Policies

The Public Services Department provides access for students and faculty to the collection at Brackett Library.  

At the Circulation Desk, you may check out, return or renew materials, request that a hold be placed on a book that is checked out, pick up/return Interlibrary Loan items, acquire reserve materials, or simply get change for the copiers. 

Library Cards

All faculty, students, and staff must have a current Harding University ID card to check out any library materials.  Local residents over the age of 18 years of age may apply for a VIP card at the Circulation Desk.

Standard Loan Periods

 

Item Limit
Loan Period
Renewals

Stack books*

None

2 weeks

1

Audiobooks 

None 

2 weeks

1

Best Sellers/ Christian Fiction

3

2 weeks

1

Juvenile books

5

7 days

1

DVD, Video

3

3 days

1

Circulating Reference

None

3 days

1

 *Staff, Graduate and Honors Program students have a 3 week loan period.

Circulation privileges for reserve items are determined by professors and may vary from one hour to one week. Reserve items may not be renewed.

Faculty Loan Periods

Item Limit
Loan Period
Renewals

Stack books

None

1 semester

1

Audiobooks 

None 

2 weeks

1

Best Sellers/Christian Fiction

3

3 weeks

1

Juvenile books

5

7 days

1

DVD, Video

3

3 days 

1

 

Fines

There are no daily late fees on books owned by the Brackett Library or interlibrary loan items, but if items are not returned within 4 weeks after the due date, a $60.00 MINIMUM charge will be placed on the patron's business office account ($50.00 replacement fee or the cost of replacement whichever is greater; $10.00 NON-REFUNDABLE late fee).  If the book is returned, the $50.00 replacement fee will be refunded.

Fines for overdue DVDs will be charged 2 weeks after the due date.  Overdue DVDs incur a $30.00 MINIMUM charge on the patron’s business office account ($20.00 replacement fee or the cost of replacement whichever is greater; $10.00 NON-REFUNDABLE late fee).  If the DVD is returned, the $20.00 replacement fee will be refunded.

Overnight reserves accumulate fines at a rate of 50 cents per day.  Fines on in-house reserve items are 50 cents an hour.

Can't find a book on the shelves?

If you do not find a book that is supposed to be in the stacks, ask the Information Desk for assistance.  If the book cannot be located, a search form will be filled out and you will be notified when the book is located.

Holds and Recalls

If a book you need is checked out, you may request at the Circulation Desk that it be held for you when it returns.  You will be notified when the book is available and it will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for ten days.

Extended Check-out Privileges

Students enrolled in a capstone or senior seminar course qualify for extended check-out privileges which include 4-week check-out plus one renewal of most books located on the second floor of the library, with the exception of Juvenile, Best Sellers and Christian Fiction. Please note that items requested through InterLibrary Loan (ILL) are not included in this agreement.

Students who wish to be awarded the extended check-out privileges must complete the Extended Check-out Privileges form, obtain their capstone/senior seminar professor’s signature, and return the completed form to Brackett Library.

Completed forms can be sent via campus mail (HU Box 12267) or returned in person at the Brackett Library Circulation Desk.

Security

The library uses an electronic detection system to monitor the unauthorized removal of materials. The system is completely safe. It will not erase tapes, disks, or cassettes. The 3M system detects through bags, briefcases, and clothing. If the alarm sounds, library personnel will stop the person exiting the gate and ask to see materials in bags, purses, backpacks, etc. The library staff is at liberty to identify the probable cause of the alarm sounding.

Food and Beverage Policy

Consumption of snack food and covered beverages are allowed in Brackett Library. In an effort to protect the library's collection, equipment, furnishing, and carpet, the library staff requests your observance of these guidelines:

  • Food is allowed in all areas of the library except Special Collections.
  • No hot food is allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, pizza, burgers, tacos, breakfast biscuits, chicken, French fries, etc.
  • No food deliveries are allowed. (Library authorized deliveries for sponsored events are not subject to this policy.)
  • All beverages must have a secure top.
  • Place trash in bins provided for your convenience. If appropriate, please use the recycle bins.
  • Any spills or waste issues should be reported to the library staff.

Internet Policy

In keeping with its mission and with advances in information technology, the Library provides users with access to the Internet. The Internet is a global electronic network that offers dynamic resources and facilitates communication. Library staff cannot control access points that often change rapidly and unpredictably. Users are hereby notified that they are responsible for the choice of sites that they visit.

A university library is assumed to be a repository for materials representing a wide range of points of view and adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights formulated by the American Library Association, except when so doing violates Harding's Code of Conduct as published in the Harding University Catalog. Furthermore, all campus computer use is governed by Harding's Computer Systems Use Policy and The Code of Computing Practice for Harding University.

Since this is a university library, children under 16 are expected to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Therefore, as with other materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.

Brackett Library makes no warranty, expressed or implied, for the timeliness, accuracy, usefulness or wholesomeness of information accessed via the Internet.

Users must comply with the United States copyright law and all other applicable laws.

Interlibrary Loan: Borrowing Policies

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department serves Harding University students, faculty, and staff by providing access to collections from other participating libraries and organizations. Likewise, the ILL Department also shares the Brackett Library collection with participating libraries and organizations.

Any material consistent with Harding University policy may be requested through the ILL Department. However, any ILL request for materials already owned by Brackett Library will usually be denied. Every effort is made by ILL staff to obtain materials needed by students and faculty in a timely manner, but unfortunately not every request can be filled.

Loans

ILL is generally able to obtain loans of books, monographs, and reports that are available in the United States. Theses, dissertations and audio-visual materials, though sometimes available, are more difficult to obtain. Materials that are rarely available for loan include reference books, rare books, genealogical materials, complete issues of periodicals or newspapers, maps, recent acquisitions and best sellers, recent DVDs, and materials in fragile or poor condition.  

Loan Periods

Loan periods for materials borrowed through the interlibrary loan department are established by the lending library.  Brackett Library complies with those loan periods and strictly administers fines for materials not returned on time. You may make a request for renewal or extension of the loan period at any time.  However, requests for renewal may be denied at the discretion of the ILL staff and are subject to the approval of the lending library.  All items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan are subject to recall at the request of the lending library.

Copies

Photocopies are usually supplied for specific journal articles, essays, and papers from conference proceedings. Some institutions will not loan copies of theses or dissertations, although these materials are often available for purchase. Delivery of materials can take anywhere from one day to over a month, depending on several factors.

Brackett Library policy on acquiring dissertations for patrons

If Brackett Library cannot obtain access to a dissertation online or from another library, it will try to purchase a copy from Proquest. There will be no charge to faculty and graduate students for up to five dissertation purchases per school year for each patron. Those purchased will be the permanent property of Brackett Library. If there should be a need to purchase more than five dissertations or theses for any one patron during a school year, the patron will be charged a $10 fee. Requests by undergraduate students for dissertation purchases will be considered on a case by case basis with mediation from a reference librarian. Brackett Library reserves the right to further limit dissertation purchases at any time.

Fees and Fines

There is a nominal fee to Harding students for interlibrary borrowing. A fee of $.10 per page for photocopies and $1.00 per loaned item (book, tape, CD, etc.) will be collected when students pick up their requested materials at Brackett Library.

A non-refundable $10.00 late fine will be charged to a patron's buisiness account for books four weeks overdue.  Additional late fines may be charged by the lending library.  Replacement fees for lost or damaged items are also at the discretion of the lending library.

Interlibrary Loan: Lending Policies

Brackett Library is happy to loan its materials, except for the items listed below, to libraries in the United States. We will also send photocopies to libraries in the United States and to libraries around the world who can receive electronically. We accept requests in the following ways only: OCLC and ALA ILL Form (see below). There are no additional charges for faxing.

Non-circulating items: Microfiche, microfilm, serials, computer discs, Reference and Special Collections, high demand items (e.g. best sellers), recent medical beooks and textbooks, and items in poor condition are not loaned.

 


OCLC Institution Symbol: AHS

ILL Dept Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm

Dates When ILL Dept. is Closed:  Christmas week, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July

Charges for ILL photocopies (no charge for loans):  $5 in network area, $10 outside network area (within the U.S.), $15 international

Methods of Billing: IFM, Invoice

Resource Sharing/Reciprocal Agreements Signed: Amigos, Amigos/BCR, ArkNet, CCL,LVIS, Trans-Amigos Express

Telephone:  (501) 279-4238

E-mail: ill@harding.edu

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Harding University
Brackett Library
Box 12267
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Phone

Administrative Offices: 501-279-4354
Information Desk: 501-279-4775
Circulation Desk: 501-279-4279
Interlibrary Loans: 501-279-4238
Text a Librarian: 501-203-9611

Audio Visual Productions
Media Center