Lois F. Szudy
- Library Director
LSzudy@otterbein.edu | (614)
MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARY
The library collection and services are very different from
what they were even five years ago. The rapid explosion of information
and the development of electronic resources have forever changed the
ways the library is used. Everyone employed at the Courtright Memorial
Library looks forward to working with you and your students. Together
we can navigate our way through this plethora of information.
The Mission of the Courtright Memorial Library is to actively engage
in and contribute to the teaching, learning and research needs of
the entire Otterbein community. As intellectual partners in the quest
for knowledge, the library staff provides access to information, develops
a diverse collection, and nurtures critical thinking skills to develop
self sufficient, life-long learners.
The library staff members feel it is critical that Otterbein University
faculty and staff:
- Know who, when, why, and how to contact the appropriate person in
the library, including who is their library liaison;
- Value the library as a resource to be used and the library staff
as a resource to be consulted and supported;
- Have a willingness to cooperate with librarians to create better
library assignments for students;
- Feel they can rely on librarians to assist them in teaching students
how to most effectively conduct research; and
- Are willing to assist the library staff in building our collection
through recommendations for both purchase and weeding.
This online guide is designed to provide you with a better understanding
of the myriad of services we offer and assistance in meeting the five
library staff expectations for faculty (mentioned above). Proceed through
the guide by clicking on the various links and tabs. In addition, you
can use the library's web site (http://library.otterbein.edu)
to access a growing amount of information. However, don't forget that
you can always call us, e-mail us, or visit us in the library (the list
of staff and our contact information is located under the tab for Library
HIGHLIGHTS OF LIBRARY
The library staff members provide a wide variety of library services,
including traditional ones such as circulation, reference, and interlibrary
loan. In addition, we provide many newer electronic services including
instant messaging, patron initiated circulation, and access to electronic
databases, indexes, journals, and books. The services we provide are
discussed in more detail throughout this guide.
Remember that we
- Subscribe to periodicals in a variety of formats, including electronic, paper and
- Offer assistance in searching the Internet and evaluating the information
- Assist with searching specialized research databases, electronic
journals and electronic books to discover additional resources relating
to a specific topic.
- Obtain materials published by the U.S. Government through the Federal
Document Depository program, including electronic resources, books, pamphlets, serials,
videos, and microform .
- Assist in searching the online catalogs of local libraries, including
Westerville Public, Columbus Metropolitan, and the State Library of
- Provide access to OCLC's Worldcat, a database of materials available
in libraries throughout the world.
- Preserve the history of the University and the United Brethren Church
and offer assistance in using this historical and valuable information.
The Otterbein Room (University Archives) is an excellent resource for
you and your students whenever you are looking for primary materials.
Personal assistance is available at the reference desk during the following
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
You can obtain assistance during these hours in the following ways:
- in person at the library reference desk
- by phone (x1984)
- by Instant Messenger (s/n: Otterbeinlibrary)
- via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, click on "Ask
a Librarian" from the library homepage.
This assistance could include, for example:
- Consultations on resources and search techniques
relevant to your research areas,
- Tips for searching the Internet and evaluating the
information found, and
- Assistance with searching electronic journals, electronic
books, and over 170 specialized research databases.
For more information, contact Patti Rothermich, x1366.
New students at Otterbein participate in an introduction
to library research during the Integrative Studies 100, 105 and 110
courses. Our instruction program also aims to assist you in incorporating
research, critical thinking, problem solving and computer searching
skills into your syllabus. Whatever your focus, the library will provide
additional support to verify facts, help students obtain an overview
of unfamiliar topics, and become information literate, lifelong learners.
Some possibilities are:
- Basic instruction of new students to use of library resources,
- Advanced level research strategies and practices with specialized
reference sources in the major disciplines,
- Electronic retrieval of information and the use of Boolean operators,
- Government Documents, including how to access them,
- Critical evaluation of library & Internet resources,
- How to search for information on the Internet.
The library has developed a web-based research tutorial and a virtual
tour of the library. The web-based tutorial has valuable information,
including how to
- narrow or broaden a topic
- differentiate between scholarly and popular periodicals;
- determine whether a source is primary or secondary;
- cite resources (using MLA and APA);
- understand plagiarism and how to avoid it; and
- many other topics.
Please use them and encourage your students to do so as well. They
are available on the library's
home page (through the Seek Help/Get Information).
More information is available from the library's web pages about the
Literacy program at the Courtright Memorial Library. Use these
pages to find out how to design effective assignments, improve your
syllabi, and retrieve additional information about developing information
For more information call your department's
liaison or Rares Piloiu x1314.