Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Old Main, Room 311
FAX: 651-696-6498

Office Hours
September 1-May 31
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1-August 31
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Center for Scholarship and Teaching Resources For New Faculty


Fall text orders are due by mid-April.
Spring text orders are due by early November.
You may place your order by contacting Carey Starr at
phone# 651-699-6169 or e-mail
There are forms which Carey will send you if you contact her, or you can just place your order without the form.You'll need to provide: your name, the course name, the course number, the enrollment limit, your contact information, the title, author and publisher. ISBNs are helpful.


The advantages of PDFs over reading packets (see below) are that there is no cost to students; because students can, and do, print these out for free, and you do not need to have your plans finalized so far in advance. These chapters are made available via your "Moodle" portal and are easily accessible to off-campus students.

PDFs can be created in the office using the multi-function copier. You can create the PDFs yourself or have a student office assistant help you. You may not use more than one chapter from any book or article from any journal, unless our library owns the publication. If our library owns the material it can be placed on Moodle without restriction. There is another restriction about repeated use that isn't an issue in the case of new faculty, because you haven't used Moodle here before. The library has a copyright permission service that they use to seek, and pay for, permission for materials deemed not in fair use. Permission can take up to 30 days.

Copyright information can be found at
Ask me for help with PDFs, The building AIA, at 651-696-6761 for help with using Moodle, or contact the library 651-696-6545, for questions about copyright rules.


The library will hold books/videos/paper copies at the desk for students in your classes. You provide the library with a form (I have these) and the book pulled from the shelf, or in some cases your own book/video or a photocopy, and your students can check them out in two-hour increments.


It is also possible to put together reading packets. This method is rarely used. Our department would pay the charges for the fees and printing in advance, but you would have to collect payments from the students for the packets when classes begin. This process needs to be started early and costs can run quite high. Arrangements for this need to be made with Document Services, 651-696-6226


All of the classrooms in Old Main and most classrooms on campus have an LCD media projector. In addition, Old Main has an IBM laptop (running Windows 7) and a portable LCD projector that is for shared use among the faculty and staff of Old Main and is meant for use only in classrooms. This equipment is stored in a locked cabinet in the Classics/History office. The equipment is used often by various faculty and staff and will need to be pre-reserved using the sign-up sheets in the office, and returned to the cabinet in the Classics/History office after each use.


You will receive a document from Telecommunications that includes your voice mail box number, password and directions for initiating and accessing your voice mail box.


Macalester's "High Winds" office has housing rental options for incoming Staff/Faculty. They are also able to assist new employees moving into our area with neighborhood research, and information about Macalester programs and options for purchasing a home. Macalester has rental housing that is all very close to campus with options from one bedroom apartments to single-family homes. High Winds' phone number is 651-696-6552.