STUDENT RESOURCES

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 library 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, e-books, microforms, sound recordings, DVD and video recordings, curriculum, computer software, and archival materials. In addition, the library subscribes to more than 12,000 periodical titles that appear in online, paper, microform, or CD-ROM formats. The library also subscribes to 60 electronic databases (full-text periodicals, online reference resources, indexes, and abstracts). 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 study rooms, meeting rooms, a group research lab, and a computer lab 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's Library is located in the Soderquist Business Center and contains materials relevant to business and ethics.

The gateway to the JBU Library is its web site, 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 to 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 users borrowing privileges to over 110 million items held in over 12,000 member libraries worldwide. The library belongs to ARKLink, a consortium of 47 academic libraries in Arkansas, which provides free reciprocal borrowing for students at participating libraries.

Special collections in the 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.

 

Computing and Media Resources

John Brown University has many technology resources available for students. All campus buildings and remote sites are interconnected with an 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 across the university.

Graduate students have access to additional computing resources at the Fort Smith Center, Central Arkansas Center, and Rogers Center. Computers with Internet access and laser printing are available for student use in common study areas. Wireless Internet coverage for portable computing devices is available as well.

On the Siloam Springs campus, there are two general classroom labs equipped with computers and instructional technology to be used for hands-on instruction. These labs are available for general 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 are available for a small fee.

There is a Media Lab located in the Learning Resource Center for special printing and other media service needs. Technology such as 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.

More complete and current information about technology services may be found on the Information Technology web site or by contacting the HELP desk at help@jbu.edu.

 

Office of Academic Assistance

Students may contact the Director of Student Support Services for assistance in further developing their academic skills. This includes such  areas as study skills, note-taking skills, time management, test-taking skills, and other skills that help students succeed academically. Computer programs that help improve reading, writing, and math are available at minimal cost. Study skills videos are available. The director will help a student engage an individual tutor, but payment is the responsibility of the student.

The Office of Academic Assistance also administers the CLEP, DANTES, and MAT, and proctors tests for correspondence courses. For general information, fees, or to schedule an appointment, call (479) 524-7471.

 

Services for Students with Disabilities

It is the goal of John Brown University that all enrolled students be given equal opportunity to succeed in their quest for a higher education that is based upon our "Christ Over All" philosophy and that integrates the educational principles of "Head, Heart, and Hand." In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,  and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008, John Brown University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students who are disabled. Students having documented disabilities may consult JBU's Director of Student Support Services who works with students and instructors to arrange appropriate assistance in learning and physical access. The Office of Disability Services is located on campus, in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), Room 147. You may contact the Director by phone (479) 524-7400, or by e-mail at jwright@jbu.edu.