Quickstart for New Faculty Members

If you are new to the DTS faculty, this is the place to begin.

Registration and Passwords

Welcome to DTS! The library is here to help you with your research needs. New faculty are automatically registered to use the library at the start of the contract period. Contact the library director if you need to use library resources before then to prepare for course instruction or other DTS responsibilities. We particularly expect part-time adjunct faculty to have special needs.

Your DTS ID card is also your library card. You will need to use your DTS ID number and your library password to renew books, place holds, and access online databases. Note your library account is completely independent of CampusNet (where you view course rosters, upload class notes, etc.) Your initial or default library password is your last name. You can change it in Biblos, the library catalog. You can also use your library password to get yet another password you can use for the wireless network.

Orientation, Instruction and Help

Contact the library director to schedule a personalized introduction. We offer an orientation tour with information about services, course reserve procedures, interlibrary loan, TexShare (borrowing privileges at local libraries), etc. We will come to your office to familiarize you with library databases. In addition, come to the library for reference and research assistance morning or afternoon any weekday at your convenience. See also the key databases page for a description of the dozen most important databases, and the database tutorials for instruction about using the main search engines. Please read about faculty services, calendar/hours, and rules as you have time.

Special Note for Extension Faculty

Live outside the DFW area? The Dallas campus library is still here to help you. Faculty outside the DFW area may call or email the library to ask for reference assistance or to request books by mail or scanned journal articles by email. Tutorials explain how to find online journal articles right from your desktop and how to find which libraries near you own a specific book you want, although we can probably supply most of what you want from the Dallas collection. We have negotiated with libraries near extension campuses to provide access to additional resources, but we expect you to need and to use the Dallas campus collection.