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Resources for Learning

John Brown University Library

 

The two-story John Brown University library-also known as the Arutunoff Learning Resource Center-is the central location for resources supporting the research needs of the JBU community. The library is an important part of the academic program at JBU and functions as a partner in the teaching/learning process. The main collection consists of over 120,000 items, including books, microforms, and DVDs. In addition, the library subscribes to more than 11,000 periodical titles, nearly all of which are available electronically. The library also subscribes to 80 electronic databases (full-text periodicals, online reference resources, and indexes). The library provides access to 13,000 e-book titles, including 400 online reference books.

The professional library staff provides research and reference services to both individuals and groups, and efficient interlibrary loan services to the JBU community. The library facility includes large and small study rooms, a group research lab, quiet and comfortable spaces for reading, and 35 computers for student use.

In addition to resources in the main library, a number of materials are housed in four library branches. The Music Library, on the lower level of the Cathedral, contains music sound recordings, scores, and appropriate listening equipment. The Career Development Center Library, on the first floor of the Walker Student Center, houses materials related to vocational counseling and graduate school opportunities. The Construction Management Library, in the Balzer Technology Center, houses books and periodicals related to that discipline. The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics Library is located in the Soderquist Business Center, and contains materials relevant to business and ethics.

The Film Library is housed in the library and contains films that have been selected based on their recommendation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, or Spiritually Significant Films.

The gateway to the JBU Library is its web site, www.jbu.edu/library, where information about all library collections and services may be obtained. The library web site features an online catalog that can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Students can connect to electronic databases through the campus network and via remote access. Reference questions and interlibrary loan requests can be made using online forms found at the web site, instant messaging, or via e-mail at library@jbu.edu.

The JBU Library belongs to several networks and consortia. To provide efficient interlibrary loan services, the library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which gives our users borrowing privileges to over 250 million items held in over 72,000 member libraries worldwide. The library belongs to ARKLink (a consortium of 47 academic libraries in Arkansas) and AMIGOS (a regional resource-sharing network). The library is a charter member of the Christian Librarian Association Network.

Special collections in the JBU library include the published materials of the school's founder, John E. Brown, Sr., materials of radio evangelist J. Vernon McGee, the Romig juvenile literature collection, and the Gary and Carrie Oliver Marriage and Family Resource Room. In addition, the JBU archives houses an extensive collection of artifacts related to the history of the university.

 

Technology Resources

John Brown University has many technology resources available for students. All campus buildings and remote sites are interconnected with a network and Internet infrastructure that allows for authorized access from  classrooms, laboratories, offices, residence halls, and remote locations. Wireless networking also extends accessibility in most residential and study areas throughout the university.

There are general classroom laboratories equipped with computers and instructional technology for hands-on instruction, and these are available for general computer use when class is not in session. Additionally, the Walker Student Center and the Library have general purpose computer labs dedicated for student use and are available days and evenings throughout the week. Black and white and color laser printing is available for a small fee.

There is a Media Lab located in the Learning Resource Center for special printing and other media service needs. Digital cameras, projectors, and other audio/visual technology may be checked out for academic projects. Supplies for lettering, posters, banners, and other needs are available for sale. Large format color printing is also available for a fee.

Each residence hall provides access to a  24-hour computer lab for student use. Additionally there are other specialized computer labs housed in specific academic departments. These include Biology, Chemistry, Construction Management, Engineering, Language, Music, Physics, Visual Arts, and the Writing Center.

Students who bring their own computer to campus may connect to the campus network using their provided network account. Once connected, students may access the Internet, email, class-related resources, references, and other university services.