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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

A. Pierre Guillermin Integrated Learning Resource Center

Library Faculty

Carl Merat, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Dean, Integrated Learning Resource Center

Marseille “Marcy” Pride, B.A., M.A., M.L.S.
Associate Dean of Research and Customer Services

Lowell Walters, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Associate Dean of Administration and Collection Services

Michael A. Cobb, A.A.S., B.A., M.L.S., M.A.
Electronic Resources Librarian

Kathryn Cox, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Reference and Instruction Librarian

Erin R. Crane, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Electronic Books Librarian

Kimberly J. Day, B.S.
Resource Sharing Librarian

Jeffrey M. Dull, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Liberty University Online Librarian

Thomas W. Fesmire, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S.
Head, Cataloging and Metadata Services

Randy L. Miller, B.S., M.S.
Graduate Research Assistance Coordinator

Rory Patterson, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

Anne Reynolds, B.S., M.L.S.
Resource Management Librarian (Cataloging)

Abigail R. Sattler, B.S., M.S.
Archivist

Cynthia Schmidt, B.S., M.S.
Curriculum Librarian

Rachel E. Schwedt, B.A., M.L.S.
Head, Outreach and Customer Services

Gregory A. Smith, B.A., M.L.S.
Director, Management Information Services

Lori Beth Snyder, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Resource Management Librarian (Acquisitions)

Howard "Rusty" Tryon, B.A., M.L.S., M.Div.
Head, Collection Management

Robert Weaver, B.A., M.L.S.
Collection Development Librarian


PURPOSE
The Integrated Learning Resource Center (ILRC) incorporates the University’s main library and academic computing facilities. The ILRC is the focal point of academic life at Liberty. Strategically located in the Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center, the ILRC supports instruction, research, productivity, community-building, individual and group study, and other activities relevant to the University’s mission.

The ILRC’s library resources and services are housed primarily on the first floor, while student computing access is concentrated on the second and third floors. The ILRC is open for student use across a wide range of hours each week during the academic term.

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
The computing resources within the ILRC consist of more than 450 computers in 15 classroom labs, over 350 computers in various open computing spaces. With the exception of machines reserved for library catalog searching, all ILRC computers are pre-loaded with a variety of software titles available for student use, including Microsoft® Office, Adobe® Creative® Suite, Mathematica, and SPSS.

Classrooms in the ILRC support a wide array of disciplines, including business, computer science, graphic design, information technology, language, math, psychology, and video production. All ILRC computers have a high-speed connection to the Internet. In addition, wireless network signal is available throughout the facility, allowing laptop computer users to access the full array of network resources.

COLLECTIONS
The ILRC is an integral part of the educational process, providing digital and traditional information resources to support the University curriculum and mission. The ILRC collects and organizes resources across a wide range of media, including books, periodicals, audio-visual resources in various formats, musical scores, curriculum, and archival materials. Its physical collections consist of approximately 318,000 volume equivalents and 700 current periodical subscriptions.

While the ILRC expects to collect print resources for the foreseeable future, it has shifted to a significant degree from physical ownership to electronic access – a model that serves both residential and distance students. Digital information resources provided by the ILRC include some 200,000 electronic books and full-text content from more than 67,000 periodicals.  The ILRC provides access to more than 300 online research resources from companies such as Dow Jones, EBSCO, JSTOR, LexisNexis, OCLC, ProQuest, the American Psychological Association, Emerald, Standard and Poor’s, and Thomson Gale. A large majority of these print and electronic resources are now available by searching a single discovery tool, Summon. Resources can be accessed directly from this one source or users are able to make a request for materials not currently owned by our library.

Students and faculty can request materials from libraries across the United States through the ILRC’s interlibrary loan service.  Books and media borrowed from local and in-state libraries are often available in less than three days. Copies of periodical articles are typically delivered in digital form, often within two days or less.

The ILRC bears responsibility for collecting and providing access to academic publications and historical records created by members of the Liberty University community.  Accordingly, the ILRC maintains an archive of physical resources and hosts an institutional repository known as Digital Commons.

CURRICULUM LIBRARY
The Curriculum Library supports the School of Education at Liberty University by providing access to a variety of instructional resources. Offerings include textbooks and teaching materials for pre-school through grade twelve as well as standardized tests. Educational games, manipulatives, and models enhance the collection.

An extensive selection of juvenile titles provides reinforcement for classes in Children’s Literature and Adolescent Literature in addition to classes in curriculum development. Materials related to educational theory and research can be found on the shelves of the main collection of A. Pierre Guillermin Library.

Audio-visual items, such as DVDs, CDs, and videos are also kept in the Curriculum Library along with musical scores.

SERVICES
ILRC functions are organized and serviced through a well-qualified faculty and staff. The ILRC provides a broad range of services to help students and faculty use information resources and technology effectively. These services include classroom-based instruction, personalized research assistance, and software support.

The ILRC provides many of its library services and resources to students in the Liberty University Online programs. Online students can access virtually all database resources through a proxy login system. In addition, they have direct toll-free telephone and email access to a librarian specializing in online support.  A Reference Desk, staffed with librarians and specially trained research support specialists, is also available during all hours the library is open. The ILRC is committed to being the primary library for Liberty University Online students by offering timely personal contact and document delivery in order to meet their special needs. This includes the delivery of books and journal articles as well as research and reference services. Fees are assessed for copying, mailing, and faxing.

MEDIA SERVICES/CLASSROOM SUPPORT
The main purpose of Media Services/Classroom Support is to provide efficient technical support to our Faculty and Staff in the area of classroom technology. All of our classrooms are equipped with Smart Technologies, and we provide training to Faculty and Staff in using our multimedia equipment. Our goal is to combine the tools of education and technology, so they can be used together to enhance the learning experience at Liberty University.

MEMBERSHIPS
Academic libraries are undergoing significant changes as they adapt to the terms of a new information economy. Not only are information and technology resources in unprecedented demand, but they must be configured to support teaching, learning, and research regardless of the end user’s location. In this context, the ILRC benefits from collaboration with other agencies and professionals through membership in the  Christian Library Consortium, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, EDUCAUSE, InCommon, InfoComm, Lyrasis, VICULA (Virginia Independent College and University Library Association),VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia), and other information services organizations.



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