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Katie Murrell Library Services

The Katie Murrell Library, housed in the Holloway Building on the A.P. White Campus in Columbia, is a 24,000 square foot facility that serves the College programs.  The library provides access to a multimedia collection of 395,500 cataloged titles.  This includes 60,500 locally held books and AV titles, over 250,000 ebooks, and numerous other online resources with literary and reference information, streaming music, and video recordings.  A juvenile and curriculum collection supports students in the teacher education programs, and a leisure fiction collection provides access to recreational reading. 

The library contains 46 public access terminals where students can do research, write papers, complete assignments, or use the internet.  Laser printers, a photocopier, digital/video cameras, and scanners provide additional support for student research and classroom assignments.  Students receive a printing allowance each semester that allows them to print both in the library and in computer labs around campus.  The library supports and maintains classroom technology.

Library facilities include individual study carrels, group tables, a computer lab, the juvenile/ curriculum library, a conference room, and three study rooms.  Sofas and other casual seating can be found in the New Books and Periodicals areas and in the Thomas D. Clark Reading Room.  A wireless network allows online Internet access through laptops, tablets, or other mobile devices.  Library staff members work to make the library a place for quiet study and provide support and instruction to students on the use of the library, its collections, and technology. 

 

Periodicals, Magazines, and Full-Text Databases

Students may access more than 205,000 magazines and journals in online, print, or microform formats.  The library incorporates numerous full-text databases into its collection, both specialized and general use, including the varied resources of the Kentucky Virtual Library and databases acquired through the Appalachian College Association.  In fall 2014 the library added new online databases from EBSCO, Britannica Digital Learning Suite, and Learning Express Library.  Using the Internet, students and faculty members have 24-hour access to significant academic and learning resources within the library, in campus offices, in the residence halls, and at home.  

 

Network, Consortia Affiliations, and Interlibrary Loan Services

The library is a member of the Kentucky Library Network and participates in regional networks of libraries under the Kentucky Virtual Library, OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), the Appalachian College Association, the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, and the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries.  Under these partnerships, patrons may borrow books and articles from libraries within Kentucky, in the larger region, and around the country.  Using an online interlibrary loan system, students may search for and request items from libraries around the nation.  A statewide courier system delivers books and articles from libraries within Kentucky three days a week. 

 

Government Documents

The Katie Murrell Library is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).  It receives a selection of government documents in print and electronic formats.  Using the online catalog, students may access over 35,500 cataloged documents and government web sites.  These include periodicals, statistics, census data, legislative information, consumer literature, agency directories, data on government spending, and research summaries from all branches of the federal government. 

 

Library Instruction

Entering students are oriented to the library and to other academic support services through an orientation week Information Fair.  The library offers general and specialized instruction to all levels of students through individual instruction and class visits.  During their time at Lindsey Wilson College, students work with a professional, student-centered staff to develop their research, knowledge, and information literacy skills.    

 

Community Campus Services

The library provides access to library resources and services to students at all community campus sites.  These include informational packets, instructional sessions, delivery of books and articles, access to online resources and a toll-free telephone line.

 

Area Resident Services

The library provides measured access to library collections and services for area residents.  Visitors may use library computers, printers, and the photocopier, and they may access the campus wireless network with a security software download.  To check items out, area residents must complete and sign an Area Resident Application form. 

 

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