Union Institute & University together with the American Library Association (ALA) is celebrating National Library Week, April 10-16, 2016. This year’s theme is Libraries Transform.
“The National Library Week theme Libraries Transform is very relevant to the mission of Union Institute & University because we are committed to the transformation of lives and communities through education,” said Dr. Roger H. Sublett, President of Union Institute & University. “Union is among a small percentage of universities that offers a fully online library to its students. This allows our adult learners to work from the convenience of their own home on their schedule.”
The transformation from a physical building to an online institution took four years of planning and was completed in 2012.
“It is possible that our university library was the first in the country to successfully transition from a physical to fully online operational model,” said Matthew Pappathan, Director of Library Services. “An online library offers students flexibility and convenience that is hard to find with a bricks and mortar library. Students don’t have to find a parking space, or physically search for books, and, perhaps most importantly, students can make full use of library research collections and library staff expertise anytime they have access to the internet.”
Superior service is a hallmark of the Union Institute & University library.
“We strive to provide unparalleled student service. We schedule appointments at the student’s convenience, not ours,” said Pappathan. “This allows us to work one-on-one with students in the evenings and on weekends. The library staff assists students by email, phone, chat, text, and online research appointments. There is no greater feeling than that aha moment when a student knows he or she is on the right research path due to your help.”
The library offers a growing collection of more than 150 research databases, containing over 60,000 journals, 250,000 e-books, and millions of theses and dissertations from universities worldwide.
In addition to personal service and vast resources, other student benefits include access to academic, scholarly resources that offer accurate information to support research, citation tools that automatically format citations for bibliographies, free interlibrary loan, career and job search tools, and many other student services.
The library staff consists of Director Matthew Pappathan; Klara Charlton, Assistant Librarian, Interlibrary Loan Services; Tina Beis, Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian; Theresa Warren, Applications Analyst/Library Systems Support; and Susan Whitehead, Reference Librarian.
Union will celebrate National Library Week by reaching out to students, staff and faculty, outlining how the library’s resources can make the educational and professional
journey an enjoyable and efficient experience.
Learn more about the Union Institute & University library by visiting http://library.myunion.edu/. Learn more about National Library Week by visiting http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek.