1. How Do I Assess My Collection Needs?

Whether your program is new or established, Library Services can help you develop a great collection of supporting materials.

We start by looking at your curriculum and then assessing your collection needs in terms of their "fit" with your current or desired:

  • subject areas and skill requirements
  • learning styles
  • learning environment (practical, theoretical, etc.)
  • level of materials (introductory, intermediate, etc.)
  • volume of materials
  • cyclical patterns of use
  • relationship with other College programs
  • accreditation requirements
  • articulation agreements
  • blend of physical and digital materials
  • information seeking patterns of learners in your program and your occupational area

Collection assessment, like curricular analysis, is an ongoing task and requires regular attention. To help you with this process, we can prepare reports that analyse your collection on the basis of factors such as circulation (actual usage), subject strengths and weaknesses, volume, and age of materials. 

In addition, we can help you optimize access, manage your collection, and make the best possible use of budget dollars.  For example, we can set up reserve collections or modify standard loan periods for high-demand items, integrate online materials, and set up off-campus access for protected (licensed) digital collections.  To help develop budgetary plans, we assess factors such as the average per item cost of materials in your field, the average "shelf life" of materials, and the student-to-item ratio of the collection.

If you would like to schedule analytical reports or need help with your collection plan, contact the library to find out your Library Liaison.

2. How do I download Ebsco eBooks?


Downloading Ebsco eBooks 

·       Download the free Ebsco eBooks App and then use the app to search for and download eBooks to your device



3. How do I find books?

When you need to locate information sources at Holland College, a good place to begin is Horizon, our library catalogue. It lists books, videos, electronic books, magazines, government documents, and a variety of other materials held by all programs in all of our campuses.

You can find our online catalogue at http://library.hollandc.pe.ca.

If we don't have the title you want, check out these options.

4. How do I link to articles / streaming videos in SAM?

Anytime that you find an article from one of the Ebsco databases that you wish to link to, click on the "Permalink" link on the right side of the full article view (where you see other option links like print, email, save etc.) and copy and paste the URL into SAM. Students can access this article from anywhere. Don't use the URL in the browser's address box on top.

For articles from other restricted Holland College Library databases, you may need to copy the following base URL to the beginning of the URL (please not that it is https not http). First look for a share or bookmark link that should have this base URL included. If not, then add it to the beginning. Please check with library staff if you have any questions.


Please note that your are NOT allowed to upload the PDF files of the articles into SAM. You can only add links to the articles.

Films on Demand videos

There is an easy-to-use Films on Demand widget in SAM. When adding content, click on the Create a File link just below the Video or Audio link and in the html editor page that appears, click on the far-left icon on the top called "Insert Stuff." Click on the Films on Demand link on the bottom of this selection list and search for a video in the search box. Once you enter a search you can filter the results by a number of categories including Subject and Grade Level. Once you have found a video, click on the Embed Small link to the right of the video. Click Insert, give it a title, then click Publish. You can add text through the Edit HTML link.

YouTube videos

There is also a YouTube widget in SAM. Use it the same way as the Films on Demand widget above except choosing the YouTube link in the "Insert Stuff" list. Just click on the title of the video then click the Next button on the bottom and finally click Insert then enter a title and click Publish. You should add the Author and Publication date in the "Add a description" section to give proper credit. You can click on the YouTube link on the bottom-right of the inserted video to open it up in YouTube to get this infornation. PLEASE READ the paragraph below: 

Remember that you are responsible for ensuring that any YouTube content that you include in SAM does not violate copyright and that you use it in the terms set out in the YouTube Terms of Service. Please also view the library's Copyright FAQ

National Film Board of Canada videos

There is no National Film Board of Canada widget in SAM so when adding new content, select  "Video or Audio" and insert an Embed Code. You will need to search the NFB website using the following URL: https://rpa.hollandcollege.com:2048/login?url=https://www.nfb.ca/ 

It is important that you use the link above to access the NFB website because it will include an authentication string in the embed code that will allow users to watch subscription NFB videos (called CAMPUS videos) in SAM.

Once you select a video click on the "</>" link below the video and copy and paste the whole code into the SAM new content Embed Code box. Select the whole code by putting your mouse in the box and pressing ctrl-a to select all and ctrl-c to copy it, and ctrl-v to paste it into the box. You may see a message box that the site has been blocked by SAM but you can click to always unblock it.

Please don't hesitate to check with library staff if you have any questions. Please also view the library's Copyright FAQ


5. How do I request a book or article from another library outside of Holland College?

If you haven't tried searching Holland College's library catalogue or the article databases, you may want to start there first.

This service is available to current students, staff and faculty of Holland College. It supplements the resources of the Holland College Library Services by making available books and articles located at other libraries.  

All requests are processed through the Charlottetown Centre Library.  Individuals may submit  requests in person, in a form on our website, or directly from EBSCO citations in our online databases.

Books are normally available within 1 to 3 weeks, but may take longer depending on where the request was sent and whether or not the item is available at the time of the request.  Article delivery can take 2 days to a week. Therefore, requesters should be aware of the time factor and do their research in advance of deadlines.

At the present time there is no charge for Interlibrary Book Loans or Article Delivery at Holland College.   However, requesters are responsible for any costs incurred due to loss, damage, and overdue fines as well as additional charges for rush orders.

For Staff: This service does not replace program-related collection development. Materials borrowed via this service must be related to curriculum, professional development, or staff research.  Requests of a personal nature should be directed to the Confederation Centre Public Library, UPEI, or other libraries as appropriate.

6. Videos to help with your research

7. What is the Liaison Program?

The Holland College Library Liaison program teams library staff members with learning managers and other staff by subject area.  Here are some ways your liaison officer can help:

  • attend program meetings to learn more about your subject area, program objectives, and learning environment
  • report on your current collection, including gap and strength analysis and identification of benchmarks
  • develop plans and budgets for future collection growth
  • identify new trends and materials in your subject area
  • help with the transition to a more digital, 24/7 learning environment
  • answer research-related questions
  • provide instruction on information-related topics
  • suggest information-related activities such as alternatives to term papers, ways to improve research skills
  • integrate library services with learning management systems
  • suggest ways to manage high-demand resources within your collection
  • process interlibrary loans
  • alert you to new educational technologies and tools, by means of our semi-annual liaison newsletter

Please contact the library to find out your Library Liaison.