To accomplish this ideal, La Verne must maintain an appropriate collection of books and journals that can be made available to all of its students. Since many ULV students pursue their studies at locations distant from campus, the University must make Wilson Library resources available to them and their faculty on an equal basis with central campus students. To do this, the Library uses telephone, modems, fax, mail services, online databases, and full-text online journal and reference collections.
Access to ULV libraries is the heart of La Verne's strategy for providing library resources, and the campus library seeks to be the primary supplier of bibliographic instruction, books, computer searches, articles, and other materials for ULV students. Only after utilizing the resources of the University is the student directed to use the resources of other libraries. In such cases, La Verne encourages the use of interlibrary loan through OCLC, connection to the Internet through the education centers, and connection to resources near the student's home and place of work. Since libraries buy within the scope of a program's offerings, the University realizes that not only is there an obligation to provide materials that support the programs of the University but also that libraries near the student may not contain materials that are suitable for students in a particular program.
While it it important for students to find resources in ULV's libraries and additional resources through searches originating in these libraries, it is equally important for students to learn how to use the libraries available to them where they live and work. Central campus students as well as SCE students must be able to continue to use library resources after they have completed their university education.
Faculty in particular need library resources greater than the requirements of classroom teaching. They must have access to research collections both at La Verne and elsewhere. Since research is part of every University's mission, ULV works to provide this access through electronic and other means.
In addition to access to an adequate literature search capability and an adequate collection of books and periodicals, students and faculty must be trained in the use of the library and its information search systems. Such training must be provided at all levels and in every location where ULV programs are delivered.
The University works within the guidelines of national and international associations of librarians to create an effective state of the art program to deliver library services and materials to students off campus. Since the effectiveness of any such program is measured by the use made of it, the University must constantly survey students and faculty, and keep directly related measurements to monitor use, satisfaction, and the fulfillment of educational goals with the services and materials that are provided.
At the same time, ULV recognizes that neither Wilson nor any other campus library can any longer be adequate to house all the information sources needed for contemporary research. This is especially true for degree programs that are applied in nature such as La Verne's master's degree and doctoral programs. With the introduction of new technological advances, the University has seized the opportunity to enhance its collection through the use of OCLC, the Internet, Dialog, and other resources to make accessible virtually any material located anywhere in the world.
2. It is the responsibility of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, working with the Head Librarian, the Vice President of Administration and Finance, and the President, to see that adequate facilities, collections, and technologies are obtained and funded for the University libraries.
3. It is the responsibility of the University faculty, particularly the regular contracted faculty, to assist in the development of the collections. Among other things this includes:
b. Assistance in the identification of outdated and/or unnecessary materials.
c. Suggestions for the acquisition of appropriate technologies.
d. Cooperation in the provision of course syllabi, reading lists, reserve book lists, and other course information.
Two options are open to La Verne and other institutions with programs being delivered away from the central campus. Either they can make the home campus resources available to students and faculty at off-campus sites, or they can provide comparable resources to off-campus students and faculty from other sources. Option two has traditionally included bringing books from the home campus to the site, making arrangements with a local library to house support materials in addition to those they have in stock, and providing students with information about various libraries in their vicinity and obtaining access for them to these libraries.
ULV follows the first option as its primary vehicle of delivery. It brings the home campus library to students and faculty at a variety of off-campus centers and educational sites by using a mix of technologies. At the present time, the student or faculty member calls the 800 number for the Wilson Library and is asked what is needed. A librarian negotiates with the student for appropriate material—a computer search, pages of index, books, articles, etc. If necessary, the librarian helps the student to narrow the search and explains the pertinent indices in the field. If a student has received a search and is requesting articles, the librarian may explain how to read a citation. Information is tailored to the needs of the student. The librarian does not choose articles for the student, nor tells the student if the articles are owned at ULV. The student must either receive the information on a database or research the periodicals holdings list provided. If the student wants an article that is not available, the librarian can identify exactly where the journal is owned so that it can be copied by the student or obtained through interlibrary loan. Many of the most important journals needed by ULV students are now available in full text online through the Wilson Library webpage.
The University of La Verne is committed to continually improving the technologies (to provide better and quicker access) and to expanding the collections in each center's library as appropriate to the programs it offers.
b. Where appropriate, arrangements should be made in advance for students to use libraries near their homes and jobs.
3. It is the responsibility of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, working in cooperation with the deans and faculty, to plan and budget for technologies capable for improving access to materials and search capabilities. Among the technologies being utilized in 1999 are the following:
b. A fax machine for transmittal of articles and for receiving article requests.
c. An online catalog (OPAC).
d. Proquest Direct full text journals online.
b. Library briefings for graduate and doctoral students on campus.
c. Brochures providing information about the library and its use.
d. One-on-one assistance in learning the use of databases, etc.
b. One-on-one tutorial sessions to students who call in on the 800 number.
c. Brochures explaining the use of the 800 number, and services offered off campus as well as the use of databases, indices, and other bibliographic instruction.