We want the Library to be easy to use, inviting, and conducive to research and study. At its most fundamental level, the Library houses a collection of nearly 300,000 books and media items. Our Library of Congress Classification System (https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/) organizes the collection by subject. By its nature, it is a complex system and not immediately intuitive, especially to new users. Coupled with that, the collection extends over three floors and with numerous interruptions between shelves. So, when you’re looking up books in our online catalog (https://sierra.monmouth.edu/search.html) and you see a location and call number for a book, you may have wondered “OK, now how do I find that?” Map It! to the rescue! See a sample search result below:
At “Location” click on the “Show on Map” link, you will then see a floorplan map of the
Library, and a shelf section highlighted where your book will be located.
We feel that the Guggenheim Library’s print collection remains a relevant and crucial source of information for study and research. We are continually adding to it and making sure that all subject areas are in line with Monmouth’s curriculum. One of the many advantages of making use of the print collection is that, by browsing the shelves around a book that you have searched for and found, you will inevitably discover additional titles that will also be worth using. It is nearly impossible to have this sort of happy accident happen if your information search is done completely online.
One of our most frequently asked questions at the Guggenheim Library is “Where is my class (or meeting) being held?” To improve our users’ ability to find their destination, we have created an Online Library Calendar. On the Library Web Page at the bottom of the Quick Links block, click Today’s Event Schedule to see a display of what is scheduled: Event times, names, and room numbers.
Is the Guggenheim Library meeting your needs? Do our collections, resources, services and space contribute to teaching, learning, study and research? Do we fall short? How can we do better?
Kurt W. Wagner, University Librarian
The Guggenheim Memorial Library is much more than a
beautiful, historic mansion plus a modern addition housing a substantial
academic collection. Our Research Instruction (RI) service, which you may know
as information literacy instruction or library instruction, is an increasingly
key element in our students’ success. This inaugural post of the Guggenheim
Library Blog will provide all the information needed to create the optimum
Research Instruction experience for students at every level, and in every
Although it may seem that our students, born digital, with
their phones seemingly glued to their hands, are innate masters of navigating
the internet, the truth is that they usually start and end their searching at
Google, and may not know which of the Library’s 223 databases is best suited to
meet their information needs.
We design our instruction sessions to meet the instructional needs of you and your students. We will work with you to deliver a session at the point in your syllabus where it will have the greatest impact. We’re interested in going beyond the “one-shot” model, where we provide a soup-to-nuts tour of a host of library resources. Consider having shorter, perhaps multiple, sessions that focus on exactly what students need at a given point in the syllabus. In the interest of making Research Instruction as convenient as possible for instructors and students, we are amenable to holding sessions in other computer-equipped classrooms on the Main Campus or Graduate Center, as well as in the Library’s classroom.
Arranging for RI sessions is now very easy. Simply fill out
this form: https://monmouth.libwizard.com/f/InstructionRequest.
A librarian will be assigned to the session, and you may request a specific
librarian to conduct the session. You will then receive an Outlook calendar
request as a confirmation of the date, time and place for the RI session. You
may then correspond with the librarian to discuss the material and resources
that you would like to have covered.
Specialist Librarian Christine Forbes joined the library faculty on July 1, filling the position of Mary Beth Meszaros, who has retired. Christine is our new coordinator of instruction. She comes to us from the CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, where she was the coordinator of medical education. She holds a Masters in Library Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University, a Certificate in Online Learning from Duke University, and undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Biology. Contact Christine directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-571-4404.
We believe that our students succeed when they are able to effectively seek and find information on any topic. This also will serve them in their lives beyond Monmouth as they do research before making purchases, to select a mortgage, or do any sort of fact-finding. Their ability to rapidly, effectively and accurately evaluate information and make informed selections will help ensure their success in all of their future endeavors. Please use the Guggenheim Library’s Research Instruction to help build your students’ information literacy and improve the quality of their research.
Kurt W. Wagner, University Librarian