Jul. 24, 2014 by Pat Tully
Welcome to Wesleyan University—or welcome back! I’m Pat Tully, University Librarian. Here is some basic information about library resources and services. If you have other questions you’d like to see answered on this blog or answered privately, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 860-685-3887.
Q: What libraries make up Wesleyan University Library?
Olin Library is the main campus library, located at 252 Church Street between Clark Hall and the Public Affairs Center (commonly known as the PAC). It houses collections in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the Art Library, Music and the World Music Archives, and Special Collections & Archives. The Reserve Desk/Office and Interlibrary Loan are also in Olin, as is the Office of the University Librarian.
The Science Library is in the Exley Science Center at 265 Church Street. It houses collections in mathematics and the sciences, and materials on reserve for many science courses. It also contains the DVD/video collections and compact storage on the ground floor with print science journals and older materials in all subject areas. Melissa Behney is the Science Librarian.
Q: How do I get to the library’s website?
Go to: http://www.wesleyan.edu/library/. The library’s website has links to information on our resources, services, facilities and systems. Library OneSearch allows you to do a single search to for links to information from most of the library’s catalogs and electronic resources. Other questions? Go to the Library FAQ page.
To search the library catalog using your tablet or smartphone, use this QR code to access our mobile site.
Q: How do I get material through interlibrary loan (ILL)?
To sign up for an ILL account, go to: https://wesleyan.hosts.atlas-sys.com/illiad/FirstTime.html After filling out a brief form you will have an Illiad account and be able to submit online requests for material that is not locally accessible.
The CTW Consortium consists of Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University. The libraries share an online catalog and collaborate on a number of system and collection-related initiatives. We also share our collections, and students and faculty can request materials from other libraries in the consortium, which are shipped in 1-2 business days. To do a search in the CTW catalog, go to: http://ctwsearch.wesleyan.edu/vufind/
If Connecticut or Trinity has an item and Wesleyan does not, you can request it by clicking on the Make a Request link in the catalog record for the item.
Q: How can I request that a book, journal or other resource be added to the library’s collection?
To request that the library acquire a book, journal subscription or other resource, contact the liaison for your department or program. You may also fill out the Request a Purchase form that is linked to the library web page.
Q: What kinds of primary sources are available at Wesleyan?
Wesleyan’s Special Collections & Archives includes significant collections of rare books, manuscript collections, university archives, and local history materials. These collections are frequently used by faculty across the disciplines for academic research and as integral parts of their course curricula. SC&A’s website describes these holdings in more detail. Director of Special Collections & Archives Suzy Taraba, University Archivist Leith Johnson, and the SC&A staff are happy to answer your questions and work with you and your students. Contact them at email@example.com or call (860) 685-3864.
Q: How do I put material on reserve for my class?
The library provides both print and electronic reserves. For more information about how to put material on reserve for your class, go to the Academic Course Reserve page or contact EunJoo Lee, Head of Access Services (phone: 860-685-3454).
In the Science Library, you may put print materials on reserve for science and mathematics courses. For more information about putting print material on reserve in the Science Library, contact Mardi Hanson d’Alessandro (phone: 860-685-3328).
All electronic reserves, including those for mathematics and science courses, are processed by Olin Reserve—contact EunJoo Lee for more information.
Q: How does the library teach students to find and use sources for papers and projects?
Students can sign up for a Personal Research Session (PRS for short) with a librarian, who will work with them to find appropriate resources for their assignment. Online subject and research guides are also available with links to online resources specific to each discipline. To arrange for a library instruction session for your class, or to explore creative ways to teach both course content and subject resources for research, contact the librarian liaison to your department or program.
Q: How do I get access to the library’s electronic resources from off-campus?
Current students, faculty and staff can get to most of the library’s electronic resources through the Wesleyan proxy server, by entering their Wesleyan email user name and password.
Q: How can I add my publications to WesScholar?
WesScholar is Wesleyan’s online archive of undergraduate honors theses, faculty publications, and other Wesleyan collections. You may increase the visibility of your publications by adding them to WesScholar; for more information about doing so contact University Archivist Leith Johnson.
Q: Where can I get a detailed list of library services and information for faculty?
Q: How can I keep up with library news—changes in hours, improved services, new resources, and library events and exhibits?
WesLibNews is the library’s Twitter feed; we also have a Facebook page and a Library News blog. Check out new library resources on our New Books site. Or you can contact us by calling 860-685-2660 or by sending an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to working with you. Best wishes for the coming year!