Reference Point

Spring 2014

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The Libraries have a longstanding heritage of offering comprehensive library services to CMU clientele wherever they happen to be. In close collaboration with Global Campus faculty and staff, our GCLS librarians, at Park Library and in CMU offices in Troy, Mich., and Atlanta, Ga., have been leading the way in assisting students and faculty at a distance for about 40 years, long before the advent of online courses and programs. In fact, I'm proud to note that GCLS has a well-established and well-earned reputation for outstanding library services tailored to academic patrons at a distance. In recent years, with expertise added by Reference Services librarians and greater overall integration of organizational efforts, providing excellent library services to virtual teachers and learners has only been the next, logical step. And, I think, an essential contribution toward the more extensive programmatic achievement represented by the recent recognition Central Michigan University received for the online degree. I hope you enjoy reading about other terrific library activities and initiatives described in this issue of Reference Point. A couple articles convey a glimpse of the wide range of people we serve, such as students who are military veterans. In the academic library business we know that the books and bytes are only important because of what people can do with them. Please be in touch with your questions or let us know if you'd like more information. Tom Moore Dean of Libraries CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities (see 2 Produced by CMU University Communications and printed by CMU Printing Services. UComm 8983-4,100 (4/14) Reference Point is published biannually by University Libraries. Address questions and suggestions to: Office of the Dean Park Library 407D Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 Editorial Board Thomas J. Moore Dean of Libraries Kathy Irwin Associate Dean of Libraries Megan Moreno, '06 Director of Development and Community Outreach Brad Stambaugh Manager, Library Business Services Reference Point Coordinator Production CMU University Communications Writers Melissa Beauchamp, '13, Dan Digmann, Terri French Hamilton, '83, Jordanne Jaskiw, Darryll Stinson, '13, Rachel Talaska Editor Dan Digmann Designer Trevor Grabill, '10 Photographers Danielle Duval, Steve Jessmore, '81 Printing CMU Printing Services Libraries' Website Academic Year Library Hours Mon - Thurs: 7:50 a.m. - Midnight Fri: 7:50 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun: Noon - Midnight Extended Hours Study (Through April 25) Sun: 10 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon - Thurs: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Fri: 7 a.m. - Midnight Sat: 9 a.m. - Midnight S u c c e s s f u l t e a m w o r k To m M o o r e > D e a n's C o l u m n L i b r a r i e s c o n t r i b u t e t o u n i v e r s i t y 's h i g h r a n k i n g s A recent mark of distinction for Central Michigan University is also, indirectly, a mark of distinction for the CMU Libraries. In its current rankings of higher education institutions and programs, U.S. News & World Report has designated CMU's online bachelor's degree program No. 1 in the country. This top ranking reflects the impressive efforts of many university faculty and staff who've worked diligently to design and offer the quality online course work and complementary services that allow students of any age to pursue a college degree without the traditional constraints of time and place. Included among them, especially, are our librarians in Information Services – comprised of Reference Services and Global Campus Library Services – and our staff in two other units, Documents on Demand and Course Reserves and Copyright. They are active and proficient in guiding students and faculty to relevant scholarly resources and in enabling convenient and speedy access to books, journal articles, and media items without regard to the user's physical location. Underlying these services is the central premise to which we subscribe: frequent, effective use of library resources makes better teaching and better learning. Therefore, it leads as well to stronger academic programs, whether they're offered face-to-face in classrooms in Mount Pleasant, at CMU's dozens of locations around the U.S. and Canada, or online.

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