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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

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Jerry Falwell Library

Library Administration

Angela M. Rice, B.A., M.L.S.
Dean, Jerry Falwell Library

Rory Patterson, B.A., M.A., M.L.I.S.
Associate Dean, Planning, Administration and Operations

Elisa Rollins, B.A., M.P.P., M.L.I.S.
Associate Dean, Research and Customer Services

Gregory A. Smith, B.A., M.L.S.
Director, Finance and Assessment


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

Kathryn Cox, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

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

Jessica Daly, B.S., M.L.S.
Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Assistance

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

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

Anne Foust, B.S., M.L.S.
Cataloging Librarian

Rorie Fredrich, B.S., M.L.I.S.
Coordinator, Learning Commons

JoHannah Lowder, B.A., M.L.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

Carl Merat, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Acquisitions Librarian

Randy L. Miller, B.S., M.S.
Graduate and Faculty Research Assistance Librarian

Shelley Oakley, B.S., M.L.I.S.
Curriculum Librarian

Barbara Potts, B.A., M.L.I.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

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

Cynthia Schmidt, B.A., M.S.
Head, Communication and Customer Services

Rachel E. Schwedt, B.A., M.L.S.
Research Assistance Librarian

Timothy Siegel, B.S., M.A.
Systems Librarian

Lori Beth Snyder, B.A., M.S.L.S.
Coordinator, Scholarly Communications

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

Lowell Walters, B.S., M.S.L.S.
Acquisitions Librarian

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

The Jerry Falwell Library is the focal point of academic life at Liberty University. Strategically located in the center of campus, the library supports teaching, learning, and research by providing information, resources, spaces, and related services.

A collection of approximately 65,000 highly used and recently published titles is available for browsing. The majority of the collection is housed in an automated storage and retrieval system allowing the library to conserve space for student use. With over thirty group study rooms, seven learning commons, outside terraces, and a spacious atrium, the library has spaces to support the needs of all students. During the academic term, the library is open daily for Liberty University and surrounding communities.

The Jerry Falwell Library has innovative technology, including an active learning classroom where classes are offered in finding and using information. It also features perceptive pixel tables, collaborative technologies for group study, a media wall and self-serve kiosks.

The computing resources within the library consist of over 160 computers housed in a computer learning commons and and stand-up stations throughout the facility. With the exception of machines reserved for library catalog searching, library computers have a variety of software titles available for student use, including Microsoft® Office, Adobe® Creative® Suite, Mathematica, and SPSS. 

All library computers have a high-speed connection to the Internet. In addition, wireless network signal is available throughout the facility, allowing laptop computer and mobile device users to access the full array of network resources.

The library is an integral part of the educational process, providing digital and traditional information resources to support the University curricula and mission. The Jerry Falwell Library collects and organizes resources across a wide range of formats, including books, periodicals, media, musical scores, curricula, and archival materials. Its physical collections consist of approximately 360,000 volume equivalents and approximately 550 current print periodical subscriptions.

While the Jerry Falwell Library continues to collect print resources aggressively, it also actively acquires electronic access to resources to accommodate both residential and online students. Digital information resources provided by the library include over 340,000 electronic items and content from more than 75,000 unique full-text journals.  The library provides access to more than 550 online research resources from companies such as Alexander Street Press, American Psychological Association, EBSCO, Elsevier, Emerald, Gale, JSTOR, LexisNexis, ProQuest, Standard and Poor’s, and Wiley. A large majority of these print and electronic resources are 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 to be purchased which are not currently owned by our library.

Students and faculty can request to borrow materials from libraries across the United States through the 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 Jerry Falwell Library bears responsibility for collecting and providing access to academic publications and historical records created by members of the Liberty University community through its online repository known as the Digital Commons. Physical resources related to the history of the institution are kept in the Archives department.

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 are found in the main collection of the Jerry Falwell Library.

The Jerry Falwell Library services are organized and provided through a highly qualified faculty and staff.  A broad range of support is provided to help students and faculty use information resources and technology effectively. These services include classroom-based instruction, topic-specific workshops, personalized research assistance, and software support. The Customer Service Center on the main floor of the library serves as a starting point for help with borrowing services, research questions, and computer assistance. 

The Jerry Falwell Library provides many 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, online students have direct toll-free telephone, chat, and email support through the library’s Online Call Center, which provides access to research assistance librarians and staff.  A Customer Service Center, staffed with librarians and support specialists, is available during all hours the library is open. The Jerry Falwell Library 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 academic needs. This includes the delivery of books and journal articles as well as research and reference services.

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 Jerry Falwell Library benefits from collaboration with other agencies and professionals through membership in the Christian Library Consortium, Lyrasis, the Virginia Library Association, VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virginia), the Center for Research Libraries, and other information services organizations.

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