University of Dubuque


Top 10 Reasons To Love The Library

Top Ten Reasons to Love the Charles C. Myers Library
At the University of Dubuque

“Your library is your portrait.” Holbrook Jackson

In the 21st century, a relevant library collection is a blend of print and digital books, mostly digital periodicals, and a variety of media increasingly being delivered digitally. 

1.  New databases deliver pictures, music, films, language learning, and more

  • ArtStor: downloadable images of the world's art
  • Electronic Book Collection: full-text of academic books from hundreds of publishers
  • Films.Com: digital streaming of educational films
  • Music Online: digital streaming classical, folk, and jazz music
  • Rosetta Stone: the language-learning software
  • Science Direct: full-text of science and social science journals available immediately 

2.  Students, faculty, and staff use the collections

  • Student use of print books, media, and reserves increased 2%
  • Use of Academic Search Premier, a key online database, increased 24%
  • Use of ATLA Religion Database, the key Seminary online resource, has increased 12%

3.  Students, faculty, and staff use the new databases

  • ArtStor: 9,683 sessions searching, viewing, and downloading images
  • Naxos:  6,025 music clips streamed, 80% increase from 2009/2010
  • Electronic Book Collection:  894 downloaded or read online
  • Films.Com:  6,045 films or film clips viewed
  • Rosetta Stone: 30 seats purchased for 8-week sessions full all year

4.  Students, faculty and staff use of digital resources is increasing dramatically, while use of print, multimedia, and reserves increased 157% in past seven years

Information Literacy

In an increasingly complex information environment, college students must be able to locate, evaluate, and integrate credible, evidence-based information into a variety of research projects. The information literacy program introduces research skills systematically throughout the Core curriculum and into the major programs.

5.  Librarians partnered with faculty to teach 502 information literacy sessions

6.  TRAILS, the assessment tool used to measure growth in information literacy skills, shows library sessions impact on students in Core curriculum classes

  • TRAILS is administered as a pre-test to incoming freshmen and post-test second term sophomores to determine the impact of the information literacy program
  • Post-test data indicate that 71% of students improved their pre-test score

7.  Librarians contribute further by teaching the following for-credit classes

  • Theological and Biblical Research, Seminary, both for online and residential (Knefel)
  • Capstone Research, Master of Arts in Communication, (Knefel, co-taught with John Hatch)
  • Children’s Literature, (Lathrop)
  • Computer Applications in Business, both face-to-face and online (Helmke)
  • Bridge section (Gruber)
  • Literature and Culture of New York, J-term course, (Knefel, co-taught with Jon Barz)

A Vibrant Learning Environment

8.  The Library purposefully positions itself as “the third place” on campus, after the dorms and the classroom

  • 1,000: People who entered the library daily during spring semester
  • 72,000: Times the public library computers have been logged onto
  • 0: Unclaimed pieces of printed paper since installing print release software (down from 1,000 pages a week.)

Celebrating our Heritage and and the Arts

9.  Displays, art shows, and programs celebrate UD as well as the beauty and the diversity of God’s creation

  • Hosted 5th annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Scholarship and Creativity
  • Art shows in Sylvia’s Common Ground by Sarah Achtemeier, Ruth and Graeme Pitman, CGIM faculty and students, and the Seminary community
  • Poetry readings by Lauren Alleyne, UD Poet-in-Resident and poet Nina Revoyr
  • Presentation at the totem pole for Bryant School 6th graders by Henry Fawcett

Acknowledged Leaders in the Profession

  • Canovan, Becky. “Have I Got a Deal for You: Free Tech Tools to Make the Essentials Easier.” Presentation at the 2011 ILA/ACRL Spring Conference, Central College, Pella, Iowa, March 18, 2011.
  • Canovan, Becky. “Prezi: Designing Presentations that Tell a Story.” Presentation at the 2011 Library Technology Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 17, 2011.
  • Gruber, Anne Marie and Cara Stone. Ambitious Student Seeks Valuable Internship: Will You Mentor Me?  Presentation at LOEX Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, May 6, 2011.
  • Helmke, Jonathan and Meghann Toohey. “In Any Language - Libraries Translate to Learning.”   Presentation at the 2011 ILA/ACRL Spring Conference, Central College, Pella, Iowa, March 18, 2011.
  • Knefel, Mary Anne, Jonathan Helmke, and Melinda Thompson. “Faculty/Librarian Collaboration in Creating a Research Assignment for Distance Education Students.” Presentation at the American Theological Libraries Annual Conference, Louisville, June 19, 2010. Also in Conference Proceedings.
  • Supple, Jenn, Anne Marie Gruber, and Robert Stephen Reid. Connecting with Your Audience: Making Public Speaking Matter. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2010.
  • Conference on Information Literacy. Planned by Librarians at University of Dubuque and Cornell College and held at University of Dubuque, June 2, 2010.
  • Mary Anne Knefel, Secretary/Treasurer of Iowa Private Academic Libraries Group

From the Community and Others

“We have an awesome library! And all the staff are GREAT!!” Faculty member

“I was doing a research session with D.Min. class and  (a student) said how much he appreciated all the help we gave him over the year (mailing books and scanning articles). He said that we might think that he wasn't using the resources but that he actually used them and they helped him a lot. You both got a round of applause.” From Mary Anne Knefel to Susan Reiter (Interlibrary Loan) and Jaimie Shaffer (Circulation)

“Finally getting the chance to go through the Films on Demand (streaming media) and the opportunities are astonishing.” Faculty member

“Thanks so much for all your valuable help.  I can't think of anything I would ask you to change in your presentation of library resources and possible topics. I look forward to working with you again.” Faculty member to Anne Marie Gruber

“I suppose you keep electronic stats, but I have been using the Oxford reference link through the library page more and more, and wanted to say thank you for giving us access to this.  It is a great collection of resources.” Faculty member

“I absolutely love the ability to print from my laptop!  It as been such a blessing, especially when the computers are full with students checking their facebook pages.  The other huge time (and muscle) saver is the scanning.  It is so much easier to scan commentaries than to take them home and study them. A couple more scanners would be great as this catches on! The improvements as of recent are wonderful!  What's next? Blessings on the joy that you bring through your presence and your work.” Seminary student

“Reference Desk, thank you for your help. You just saved my grade. Bless you....” LIFE student

“Two of my Comp./Rhet. students recently told me that the "thing they found most useful' in my class was the library research/writing unit. They said that it  prepared them for Research.  I found that very helpful to know, and I will contact you soon to set up the unit again this term. Personally, as a teacher, I found it very useful and important--especially the introduction to scholarly articles.” ENG 102 faculty member

 “I wanted to express my thanks for the resources on our Moodle page...these have saved me and added to my material for class in a meaningful way.  I appreciate each and every idea and feel honored to be allowed to use the material.   Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!” World View I faculty member

 “Congratulations on an excellent program!  I think that it is a great event to have at UD.”  (Faculty member, about the Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creativity)

“I wanted to write to let you know what gracious hosts Jonathan Helmke and Meris Muminovic were when Phyllis Mausser and I came for a demonstration of JTACQ and how the University of Dubuque was utilizing the program. Their demonstration was very informative and you could definitely see pride in how their library was using this service. I want to extend a thank you to yourself for allowing them to take time out of their busy day to demonstrate this to us. We definitely see possibilities for this program’s use at Northeast Iowa Community College.” Deborah Seiffert, Coordinator of Learning Resources, Burton Payne Library, NICC

“It has been my distinct privilege to work with you.  Your dedication to provide services for the distance students, combined with your willingness to think outside the box for innovative ways to do that, have been absolutely vital to our success.” Faculty member, to Mary Anne Knefel