Introduction to the Library

Introduction to the LAFS Library FOR STUDENTS

Welcome to The LAFS Library!

Mission: The Library’s goal is to provide direct support for the educational mission of the school, by selecting and organizing current and relevant books, media, and digital resources; to assist students and faculty in locating and retrieving information effectively, and to assist in the educational and professional development of students.

As of May 2022:

VISITING THE LAFS LIBRARY ON CAMPUS

Students & Staff can access the Library on campus, B1 5th floor, and utilize computers, borrow materials, print, scan, and such!

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. We do recommend that patrons limit their time at the Library. Please check the hours of operation (see below) before visiting the Library. 

LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 7:00pm 

* The above Library Hours are temporary as we are reopening the Library in phases. Please see “Today’s Hours” posted on the Library Site for more accurate hours for the day. 

THE LAFS LIBRARY ONLINE

Many of the Library’s digital services will remain available through the Koha Library Catalog and A-Z Databases guide, which includes research-based articles, online streaming videos, electronic screenplays, and music-related databases. Library Staff will be available to provide assistance by phone and email, so be sure to leave a detailed message. 

WEBSITE
library.lafilm.edu

PHONE:
323.769.2705

EMAIL:
lafslibrary@lafilm.edu

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

Collections

You can find our collections by visiting our digital Library Catalog, KOHA. It is used to find materials based on author, title, subject, or format. Check out Koha to search for books, screenplays, films, magazines, and more! We have the following items (on-campus and online):

      • Books
      • Films
      • Screenplays
      • Storyboards & Treatments
      • Magazines
      • Games
      • Audio & Music CDs
      • Electronic Resources
      • Course Reserves
      • Reference Books

If you would like to have a library account to log in to Koha, please fill out the Library Application Form here. You will soon receive a confirmation once your account has been created. 

If you already have an account with us, there’s no need to fill out the form, you can start logging in and accessing some of the features of Koha.

NOTE: You DO NOT need a Library Account to access the collection! The catalog is made public, but you do need to sign in with your LAFS creds to access some of the electronic resources. 

Services:*

The Library seeks to provide the following services that support the LAFS community with the best possible environment and resources for research. View the Services page on the Library site to learn more.

      • Circulation
      • Computers & Other Equipment (i.e. Headphones,  MIDI Keyboards, etc)
      • Printing & Scanning
      • Study Space
      • Info Helpdesk
      • Library Monthly Orientations

*Some services are currently limited due to COVID.

Research

It is important, even for an artist, creator, or designer, that you know how to conduct research; it’s not just for scientists or medical doctors. Through your journey here at LAFS, you will understand the importance of Information Literacy, which means to be information literate. You must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.  Visit the Research Guide to start your search!

Databases

Our popular page is our A-Z Databases. A research database is a set, or collection of data, which is gathered and made available online. Most of the databases you will be using here, come from academic or open access libraries.

Often, you will need to sign in with your LAFS credentials upon accessing some of these Databases. For further instructions on how to access or do simple searches, you may find helpful guides under the Tutorials page. 

Tutorials 

The Library team has created helpful instructions on how to access, log in and do research in several of our databases. Other tutorials about navigating the Library website and Koha can also be found here.    

Subject Guides

The Subject Guides are developed by our Library Staff that focuses on specific subject areas. In any of our Subject Guides, you may find databases relevant to the subject area and links to books, websites, journals, magazines, and more!

Online Resources

The Library team has added many outside resources (most of these online resources are free) for Students, Alumni, and Staff to utilize for their class assignments or general/personal use.  

Don’t forget, learn and utilize as much as you can about the information available to you provided by the Library!

Navigate the Student Connect

Updates on the Student Homepage of Connect (April 2020)

Students,

We have updated the Student landing page of Connect!

The Connect site is your one stop shop for all school related activity, news & events, classes, educational resources, support, and helping you get the information needed from all departments. This Facebook-like style will help you get across the page more smoothly and easily.

New Features Added:

    • View your Class Schedule and your meeting days/times for your current class
    • View your current GPA
    • View your e-Codes for your Software

Visit the new Connect site today and check below for the tutorial.

If you are having technical issues, please CLEAR your browser history & data and QUIT out of your browser, instructions on how to do so can be found here.

Connect Site looking like this???

If you see this error, please clear out your web browser history & data. Follow the instructions below.

How to Navigate the Library Website

Intro and Navigating the Library Website Video

We recently updated our Library Website, including a new menu and Library news/blog area. Please view the Library Introduction Video below to get a better understanding of the Library and how to navigate the site!

In addition, we are now using a new Library Catalog system, KOHA, which is a high-quality catalog that makes the library collection easier to use and more accessible. You even have your own account! (If you do not have a library account, please contact the Library to receive one). The purpose of the library catalog is to locate items within the library’s collection. The catalog is used to find materials based on author, title, subject, or format. You can view how to access and use the new catalog here.

How to Login to Koha Library Catalog

How to Login and Search in Koha Library Catalog

You will need a LAFS Library Account in order to login to do more such as, adding library items to your wishlist or cart, placing holds, paying late/lost fines, renewing your borrowed items online, and more! 

If you follow the instructions below but still have trouble logging in, please email lafslibrary@lafilm.edu.

For more information and instructions about how to use our library catalog (Koha), please visit the Tutorials page. In addition, ByWater Solutions provides instructions and tutorial videos about the functionality of the library system here.

Library’s New Catalog​ July 2020

THE LAFS LIBRARY HAS A NEW LIBRARY CATALOG - JULY 2020

Introducing the Koha Open Public Access Catalog (OPAC)

Access the New KOHA Catalog Now at librarycatalog.lafilm.edu!

All of your current account information (checkouts, holds, fines, and phone, etc.) have migrated to the new Koha system. We encourage Students to start using the new catalog starting July Term on 7.6.20.

With Koha, you will be able to:

    • Access our public catalog via any mobile device
    • Review your current checkouts, renew materials, and place holds online
    • View detailed fine information and pay fees online via PayPal
    • Save searches so you’re alerted when new materials arrive
    • Select and change notification format preferences (phone or email) as well as the frequency you receive these notifications
    • Add your own tags, comments/reviews and star ratings to titles
    • Make purchase suggestions online
    • Create, manage and share lists of your favorite books
    • And much more!

For more information and instructions about how to use our library catalog (Koha), please visit the Tutorials page. In addition, ByWater Solutions provides instructions and tutorial videos about the functionality of the library system here.

It may take some time to get used to the new Koha interface, but our Library Staff is here to help with any questions you have. Contact by email lafslibrary@lafilm.edu.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we migrate from one software system to the next. We think you’ll be pleased with the final product!

The LAFS Library

For more information and instructions about how to use our library catalog (Koha), please visit the Tutorials page. In addition, ByWater Solutions provides instructions and tutorial videos about the functionality of the library system here.

Library’s New Catalog July 2020 (Staff)

THE LAFS LIBRARY HAS A NEW LIBRARY CATALOG FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF JULY 2020

Introducing the Koha Open Public Access Catalog (OPAC)

Access the New KOHA Catalog Now at librarycatalog.lafilm.edu!

All of your current account information (checkouts, holds, fines, and phone, etc.) will migrate to the new Koha system. The transition to our new system occurred during the Summer Break, 6.29.20 to 7.5.20. We encourage Students and Staff to use the new catalog starting July Term on 7.6.20.

Reminder: Due to COVID-19, the Library is closed; patrons will not be able to check out anything from the library until further notice. No late fines will be assessed for overdue items, and you can return materials when the library reopens. Though, many of the Library’s digital services will remain available either through our Digital Catalog or on our A-Z Databases list including research-based articles, online streaming videos, electronic screenplays, and music-related databases.  

With Koha, you will be able to:

    • Access our public catalog via any mobile device
    • Review your current checkouts, renew materials, and place holds online
    • View detailed fine information and pay fees online via PayPal
    • Save searches so you’re alerted when new materials arrive
    • Select and change notification format preferences (phone or email) as well as the frequency you receive these notifications
    • Add your own tags, comments/reviews and star ratings to titles
    • Make purchase suggestions online
    • Create, manage and share lists of your favorite books
    • And much more!
For more information and instructions about how to use our library catalog (Koha), please visit the Tutorials page. In addition, ByWater Solutions provides instructions and tutorial videos about the functionality of the library system here.

It may take some time to get used to the new Koha interface, but our Library Staff is here to help with any questions you have. Contact by email lafslibrary@lafilm.edu.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we migrate from one software system to the next. We think you’ll be pleased with the final product!

The LAFS Library

How to Navigate Staff Connect

Welcome to the Connect Site for Staff

We have updated the Staff portal on Connect!

The Connect site is your one-stop-shop for all school-related activities, news & events, educational resources, department information, and support. This updated style will help you get across the page more smoothly and easily! 

New Staff Features: 

    • Learn about COVID-19 updates on the front page
    • View easily the important Campus News & Events 
    • Navigate your way through the new top Menu
    • View highlighted Bookmarks and more!

If you like to make a request to add, change, or remove anything on the current Connect Site, for student or staff pages, please email helpdesk@lafilm.edu

Also, we have updated the Student landing page of Connect! Students will have a different view from Staff because of certain features like:

New Student Features: 

    • Student Current Classes and Schedules
    • Student GPA
    • Student e-Codes for their Software

If you are having technical issues, please CLEAR your browser history & data and QUIT out of your browser, instructions on how to do so can be found here

Visit the new Student & Staff CONNECT SITE today and check below for the tutorial.