The importance of the library to your academic career l We read for a variety of reasons – for information gathering, –for pleasure, –for challenging our current knowledge-base or ideas l Learn life-long information gathering skills
Louis J. Blume Library Hours l Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - Midnight l Friday7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. l Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. l Sunday 1 p.m. - Midnight
What’s a Reference Librarian? l Reference librarians are professionally trained people who help you locate and learn to use the resources to find the information you need.
Reference Librarians are here to help you. All you need to do is ask!
What’s included in the Library Catalog? l Location and bibliographic information about books in the library (circulating, reference) l Titles of periodicals (journals, magazines) in the library l Government publications l Videos, CDs, etc. l Links to ebooks, electronic government information, etc.
Second (Main) Floor l Periodical Indexes (print & electronic databases) - find magazine & journal articles on specific topics Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature Academic Search Premier Business Source Premier Lexis-Nexis Academic Print indexes often provide access to older or specialized periodical articles
Why use a periodical database? l Access refereed, verified information l Access discipline-specific information l Not all reliable information is freely available on the Web, or easily locatable on the Web l Your tuition is paying for these subscription databases – use them!
Second (Main) Floor l Government Publications (United States & Texas) Congressional hearings on controversial issues Statistical information Informative publications
Second (Main) Floor l Circulation Check out books Get change for photocopiers Pick up requested ILL items Pick up computer print outs l Reserves - course material
Second (Main) Floor l New Books area l Art Exhibit l Marianist Collection l Card Value Center (CVC) machine – add value to ID for computer printing
Third Floor l Circulating Book Collection l Computer Lab
Third Floor l Learning Assistance Center (LAC) –Multimedia Instructional Center (MIC) l Special Collections
First Floor (Basement) l Periodicals Microfiche & microfilm Reader/Printer Print format periodicals: unbound, bound journals, newspapers, magazines
First Floor (Basement) l Curriculum Collection l Small group study rooms (with Internet ports) l Video viewing rooms l Media Viewing Room l Learning Resources Center & Digital Media Lab: audio/video, computer graphics, photography/imaging services
Come Prepared Bring your Rattler Card a computer diskette or USB drive money or copy card pen/pencil paper
As a community… l We have a collective responsibility to wisely use library, computing, and campus resources – please help protect and preserve our library books, magazines, videos, and other resources! (see St. Mary’s University Code of Student Conduct)
Library Services l Remote access from your home or office to our electronic subscription databases
Library Services l TexShare card - borrow books from other libraries
Library Services l Inter-Library Loan (ILL) - request materials we borrow from other libraries l OCLC FirstSearch and CORAL UnionLists - find out which libraries have a periodical you need l Reference service - in person, by phone, by e-mail: click on Ask A Question at the library home page: http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib
Where to get more information l Printed Guides l Course-integrated Instruction
Where to get more information l Reference Librarians (436-3508) or Ask a Question at the library web site l Blume Library Web site http://library.stmarytx.edu/acadlib/
Stop by and visit us often at the Louis J. Blume Library!